New York, Brussels, September 29th (Agenzia Fides/CE/ SIGNIS) – At the SIGNIS Board meeting, which took place at the end of May 2015, in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), the Board approved the proposal to nominate the newly beatified Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as patron of SIGNIS.

The president of SIGNIS, Gustavo Andújar explained that “Romero stands as an example to Christian communicators, for his vibrant homilies in the Cathedral, broadcast by radio to the whole country (...)”.

In a speech on Friday, September 25th, 2015 before the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador proposed the figure of Blessed Oscar Romero as a point of reference for the vision of integral development in the region.

The beatification of Romero last May, said Sanchez Ceren "goes hand in hand with the objectives of this global meeting, because Archbishop Romero worked for and sacrificed his life for the ideals of justice and human dignity that we propose today". The Salvadoran President expressed his desire that "the message of courage and peace of Blessed Romero may also guide us in this Summit and inspire us to create happiness and well-being in our planet".

The decision of the Salvadoran State to feature the figure of Romero in its presentation to the UN is interesting because it suggests a strategy of embracing Romero as the maximum symbol of national identity. This decision should be read in tandem with past decisions, such as naming the air hub in El Salvador “Oscar A. Romero” airport, promoting a tourist route about the martyr and the recognition that the U.N. itself gave Romero in commemorating the anniversary of his assassination, March 24, as the "International Day for the Right to the Truth for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations".