Murdered Salvadorean Archbishop Romero remembered

This video is about the assassination of bishop Romero in 1980.

From Prensa Latina news agency:

El Salvador Marks Anniversary of Killing of Monsignor Romero

By Raimundo López

San Salvador, March 24

People’s and religious organizations in El Salvador mark today the 33th anniversary of the assassination of Bishop and martyr Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who always protected the poor and persecuted.

He was shot by a hired gunman while celebrating holy mass at the chapel of the Divine Providence Cancer Hospital of San Salvador. His killer has never been found.

The UN Truth Commission that investigated human rights violations during armed conflict (1980-1992) concluded in 1993 that the crime was planned by the founder of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), Maj. Roberto d’Aubisson.

In a ceremony to pay tribute to Romero yesterday, President Mauricio Funes said that “we are still waiting for justice to get to the bottom of the case and reveal the truth, not only owed to Monsignor’s relatives, but also to the Catholic Church and all the Salvadorian people.”

SAN SALVADOR, Mar 21 2013 (IPS) – A report containing the testimonies of victims of torture during El Salvador’s 1980-1992 civil war will be published 27 years after it was written, to help Salvadorans today learn more about that chapter in the country’s history: here.

EL SALVADOR’S top prosecutors said today that they were seeking the arrest of former president Francisco Flores on charges of embezzlement, illegal enrichment and disobedience: here.

On January 30, former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores Perez died in San Salvador of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 56. The ex-president’s career was dominated by corruption and self-enrichment at the expense of a deeply impoverished Salvadoran working class and peasantry: here.

El Salvador: Left president inaugurated, signs cheap oil deal with Venezuela; Friday, June 6, 2014: here.

14 thoughts on “Murdered Salvadorean Archbishop Romero remembered

  1. On this day of commemoration I thought you might enjoy seeing a music video that we have produced honoring Oscar Romero.  It is part of a new CD release. The singer is a deacon, Michael Glen Bell, and the film maker is Owen Thomas. The Project is the subject of a wonderful article in Canada’s Catholic Register

    Go to to view the video. Feel free to use it on your site, review the album or video, or blog about The Project.  If you do, let us know so we can put a link on ours. If you are interested in a story on The Project, please get back to us. We are located in Indianapolis. You can follow us on Twitter @martyrsproject.


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  3. Rome, 22 Abr (Prensa Latina)Pope Francis unfroze the process of beatification of assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the chairman of the Pontifical Council of the Family Vincenzo Paglia said.
    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia made the announcement in the southern Italian city of Molfetta at a Mass.

    Paglia, the postulator of Romero’s beatification, met with Pope Francis on Saturday to discuss the Bello and Romero cases.

    The 63-year-old Romero was fatally shot March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel in the Salvadoran capital.

    Though the killer has never been identified, the late Maj. Roberto D’Aubuisson, the main organizer and leader of the death squads that terrorized El Salvador in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is believed to have ordered the archbishop’s assassination.

    The slaying of Romero, who denounced human rights abuses from the pulpit, marked the start of a 12-year civil war in El Salvador that cost some 85,000 lives before ending in a negotiated peace.

    Many in Latin America already revere the murdered prelate as St. Romero of the Americas, though the beatification process, which began in 1994, ground to a halt a few years ago amid arguments in the Vatican over whether the archbishop was a religious martyr or a political one.

    sgl/ lac/mar
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  9. Monday 1st February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    FORMER Salvadorean president Francisco Flores died at the weekend after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage, his far-right Nationalist Republican Alliance party (Arena) announced yesterday.

    Mr Flores, who had been in a coma since undergoing emergency surgery, held office from 1999 to 2004.

    He had been under house arrest on charges of embezzlement and illegal enrichment, accused of diverting more than £10 million donated by Taiwan to help the victims of earthquakes in 2001 — two-thirds to the party backing him and a third to himself.

    After a meteoric rise to the presidency Mr Flores gained a reputation for being arrogant and distant from the people.
    He was the first president to face trial for acts of corruption during his time in office.

    “People will remember him for the terrible dollarisation, for the Firm Hand (to combat crime) and as corrupt,” said women’s rights organiser Angelica Rivas.


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