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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 22, 2011

Presidential Agenda in El Salvador Today and Visit to Grave of Murdered Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

The White House has announced the following agenda for the President and the First Family in the final leg of their South American trip which also includes a visit to the grave of murdered Archbishop Oscar A. Romero:

8:00 AM CST
The First Family departs Santiago, Chile en route San Salvador, El Salvador
           
12:45 PM CST
The First Family arrives in San Salvador, El Salvador at Comalapa International Airport

1:30 PM CST
The President and the First Lady participate in an arrival ceremony at National Palace

1:50 PM CST
The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Funes at National Palace

2:20 PM CST
The President holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Funes at National Palace

2:55 PM CST
The President and President Funes hold a joint press conference at National Palace

8:10 PM CST
The President and the First Lady attend an official dinner hosted by President Funes

At the conclusion of his visit to Latin America, President Obama will visit the grave of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero the day before the thirty-first anniversary of the violent death of the Archbishop of San Salvador, who was killed on 24 March, 1980.

The current Archbishop of San Salvador, Bishop José Luis Escobar Alas, in breaking the news that President Obama deemed Archbishop Romero one of the “heroes of our continent” and thus believes that the visit is “a global event”, from which people may draw benefit from the very image of Archbishop Romero.

President Obama will visit the crypt housing the remains of the “Santo Romero de America”, as Archbishop Romero is known in Latin America.

In the memo sent to Agenzia Fides, Archbishop Escobar Alas confirmed his presence at the event, as requested by the United States Ambassador in El Salvador. He also expressed his appreciation for the honor that the President of the United States will come and visit the grave of Archbishop Romero, an indefatigable defender of human rights.

Known as “the voice of the voiceless” for having denounced social injustice, military repression and the criminals from the death squads, Archbishop Romero was murdered on the evening of March 24,1980, while celebrating Mass in the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador.