Archbishop Oscar A. Romero
Oscar A. Romero is one of the greatest symbols of Christian love
and solidarity. As Archbishop of El Salvador, Father Romero was
a source of strength and hope for the poor and the oppressed of
his country. He worked with and for them, taking their struggles
as his own. Father Romero wrote and spoke passionately about the
need for Christians to work for justice, and he frequently faced
threats and danger from those opposed to his ideas.
On March 24, 1980, while celebrating the Eucharist, Archbishop
Romero was shot and killed at the altar by a death squad assassin.
He paid the highest price for the commitment about which he spoke
so often and so eloquently. Because of his courageous stand for
justice, he became a martyr not only for poor Salvadorans but for
all people struggling to overcome oppression and poverty. Today,
his sermons are read as powerful reminders of Christians' obligation
to fight for a just society. The example of Romero's courageous
life and death continue to inspire those who struggle for human
dignity and justice.