Three weeks ago, the Church celebrated the canonization of Salvadoran martyr St. Óscar Romero. In honor of this event, Paulist Productions released a newly-remastered version of its 1989 biopic, Romero.
The PG-13 movie chronicles the amazing transformation of an apolitical, complacent priest into a committed leader who starts a revolution without guns, without an army, without fear — Óscar Romero fought with the only weapon he had; the truth.
Romero served as the Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, from 1977 until 1980 amidst political unrest, during which the government launched a “terror campaign” against the country’s guerillas in an attempt to crush them. In a homily the day before he was assassinated, Romero called for soldiers to end the violence in his country: “In the name of this suffering people, whose cries rise to heaven each day more tumultuous, I beseech you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression.”
The words of Archbishop Romero continue to be relevant today with the social injustices suffered by many refugees and the persecution of the church in other Central American countries, including Nicaragua.
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Paulist Productions is proud to partner with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the re-release of this film. Through film screening events and their text campaign, they hope that this film will bring awareness to the social injustices that continue around the world today. CRS is the official international humanitarian organization of the Catholic community in the U.S. CRS saves, protects and transforms lives in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. To support CRS and its efforts, donations can be made by texting RELIEF to 30644.
Three winners will receive a Romero: Collector’s Edition DVD. To enter, leave a comment telling us who’ll watch this movie with you!
This giveaway is open to US residents only through 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, November 12. Three winners will be selected at random from all who comment (one comment per person, please). Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply with mailing address or prize will be forfeited and a different winner will be chosen.
Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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