Photo: Honoring Slain Archbishop Romero, El Salvador
This week El Salvador is remembering and honoring Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero who was assassinated while celebrating Mass, 33 years ago this year.
Prior to his death on March 24, 1980 Archbishop Romero fought against El Salvador’s 12-year civil war (1980-1992) and for the rights of the poor in the country. He was killed by a member of El Salvador’s paramilitary death squads in the hospital chapel of the Divina Providencia.
The anniversary of his death this year will fall on Palm Sunday, and supporters of Romero hope this will lend urgency to the beatification, a process that started in 1996. Salvadoran Catholics are also hoping the new pope, Francis I, that hails from Latin America will expedite the process needed to become a saint of the church.
Pope Emeritus Benedict made mention of Romero when he visited in 2012, as a “person worthy of beatification.” Now the faithful in Latin America and especially those from El Salvador are hoping to hear Archbishop Romero’s name mentioned by Pope Francis this Palm Sunday.