Church marks 29th year of Fr. Rudy’s disappearance

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


IN THE 29th year since the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the faithful to be like the missing priest and “give one’s self to others.”

In a statement, Palma said that Romano’s work in combating the human rights abuses during the Martial Law period illustrated Pope Francis’ call to serve others despite the threat of the times.

“Si Padre Rudy Romano kinasingkasing midawat sa mga hagit sa mga katilingbanong pagtulon-an sa atong Simbahan, sama sa pagdapig sa mga kabos ug pagpanghimaraut sa inhustisya sa atong katilingban (Fr. Rudy Romano wholeheartedly accepted the challenges of the social teachings of the church, like supporting the cause of the poor and fighting the injustices of the society),” Palma said.

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Palma added that Romano “carried his own cross” even until his sudden disappearance on July 11, 1985.

Palma said that on the 29th anniversary of Romano’s disappearance, some forms of abuse and oppression remain present in Cebu today.

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He said that in Cebu City, the poor and the oppressed continue to walk the streets while informal settlers make the roads their homes.

He also shared the plight of laborers who continue to seek higher wages but have long been denied.

Romano, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CssR) or the Redemptorist Order, would have celebrated his golden ordination anniversary if he were still alive today.

Back on July 11, 1985, Romano was kidnapped by unidentified men in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City. Romano’s captors were believed to have been members of the military.

Romano was active during the Martial Law years by organizing demonstrations against the administration of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Following Romano’s abduction, the CssR community in Cebu and the human rights advocates continue to seek justice and the truth behind his disappearance.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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