Redemptorists remember Romano

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


THE Redemptorist Community in Cebu commemorated the 29th anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano through a holy mass at the Redemptorist Church last Friday afternoon.

The mass was headed by Bishop Ireneo Amantillo, with the homily delivered by Fr. Cruz Manding.

In his homily, Fr. Manding said Fr. Romano served the poor and fought for justice during Martial Law.

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He said people should be humble and strong in following the Lord in times of persecution and condemnation.

He said there was a time when the Redemptorists were called “Redempterrorists” for taking the side of the poor and the oppressed during Martial Law.

In an article written by Archbishop of Cebu Jose S. Palma for CBCP, he stated that Fr. Romano took the side of the poor while denouncing injustice and social inequality, and his living out of his vocation as a pastor and his legacy of deep commitment to the Gospel are still alive today.

Palma said that if Fr. Romano were still alive today, he’d be celebrating his golden anniversary as priest.

Fr. Romano was a Redemptorist missionary priest who was kidnapped allegedly by military men on July 11, 1985.

A native of Villareal, Samar, he was one of the many priests who fought for freedom and justice during the Marcos regime. (Franz Correa, USJ-R Mass Com Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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