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Today in Catholic History – The Assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero

Today is the 30th anniversary of the murder of Servant of God Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez. Archbishop Romero was killed while he elevated the chalice containing the Precious Blood during the celebration of the Mass.

Blame for his death has fallen on members of the El Salvadoran death squads whom Archbishop Romero strongly condemned for there violence and human rights abuses against the people of El Salvador. The funeral Mass for the archbishop would be attended by more than 250,000 people. Jesuit priest John Dear called it “the largest demonstration in Salvadoran history, some say in the history of Latin America.”

Even the archbishop’s funeral and burial were marred by violence as 30 to 50 people were killed by gunfire upon the mourners.

Creighton University Website dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s death
University of Notre Dame remembers Archbishop Romero on the 30th anniversary of his death
El Salvador to mark the 30th anniversary of the Archbishop’s death
Call for day of prayer and fasting to remember Archbishop Romero