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A youthful Father Oscar Romero with Salvadorans (Photo courtesy of the Archbishop Romero Trust)

A youthful Father Oscar Romero with Salvadorans
(Photo courtesy of the Archbishop Romero Trust)

Today, March 24th is the United Nation’s International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, in commemoration of the assassination of Archbiship Oscar Romero 33 years ago. In 1980, he was killed by gunshot while consecrating the Eucharist during Roman Catholic mass. His death finally provoked international outcry for human rights reform in El Salvador.

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980), commonly known as Monseñor Romero, was a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador. He later became prelate archbishop of San Salvador.

As an archbishop, he witnessed numerous violations of human rights and began a ministry speaking out on behalf of the poor and victims of the country’s civil war. His brand of political activism was denounced by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and the government of El Salvador.

In 1997, a cause for beatification and canonization into sainthood was opened for Romero and Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title of Servant of God. The process continues. He is considered the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador and is often referred to as “San Romero” in El Salvador.

Outside of Catholicism Romero is honored by other religious denominations of Christendom, like the Church of England through its Common Worship. He is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs from across the world who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, London.

Isn’t it remarkable that we just have a Day of Truth?