CIIR executive director Christine Allen has been invited to give the inaugural Mgr. Romero Memorial Lecture at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at Scotland's University of St Andrews. The Centre was founded in November 2004 and has established a series of lectures named in honour of Archbishop Romero to address critical issues facing the developing world and the response of the churches. The first lecture will take place on 11 April 2005, at 5.15pm at Parliament Hall, South Street, St. Andrews and will be chaired by the Centre’s Director Dr. Mario I. Aguilar. Her lecture will cover a range of issues pertinent to Latin America, where CIIR has been working for over 30 years. She will also explore the challenges facing Latin America today and the lessons learned from Archbishop Romero's life and ministry.
Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in March 1980 after years of defending the poor and the politically persecuted of El Salvador in Central America. His figure became central to the religious and cultural identity of Latin America and his statue is located in Westminster Abbey among the great of the 20th Century.
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