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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?

2 Responses to Day of Truth

  1. Duane Arnold

    March 24, 2013 at

    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 http://www.catholicregister.org/arts/movie-news/item/15749-video-brings-awful-memories-flooding-back

    Go to http://www.TheMartyrsProject.com 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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