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Oscar Romero on Peace

Today is the 35th anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero, shot while celebrating mass in a hospital chapel for daring to challenge injustice and poverty.

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.

I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective end to violence we must remove the violence which lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, the exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression.

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“Arms are the main reason for the war. … We pray for those making and selling arms, that compassion fill their hearts. May God change the hearts of the violent and those who seek war and those who make and sell arms. And may he strengthen the hearts and minds of peacemakers and grant them every blessing,” Pope Francis, Amman, Jordan, May 2014

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