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As It Happened In 1980
News from the days following the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Washington Post

MAR 26, 1980

The accusation of direct Cuban involvement came one day after the assassination in El Salvador or Archbishop Oscar Romero, a popular figure and nominee for the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. There was no suggestion that Cubans were involved in the killing of the archbishop.

Romero himself had recently written President Carter asking him not to supply more military aid to the ruling junta until it succeeded in stopping the violence that has racked El Salvador for many months. ...
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Washington Post

By Henry Mitchell
MAR 28, 1980

"Romero had the only uncensored voice in San Salvador, a small radio station. It broadcast the names of people who were missing. It would happen that a man would be taken off and never heard from again, and his family would ask a priest for help in tracing him. These things soon wound up in the archbishop's lap. He wanted answers, why people were arrested and what was happening to them." ...
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As the panicked crowds surged outside, and many rushed into the already packed cathedral, Romero's body was taken to a crypt below the sanctuary and buried.

The archbishop was killed by a gunman Monday night as he was saying a memorial mass for a friend's mother. He died within minutes.

A highly popular and controversial figure and outspoken critic of the military that has long dominated this Central American nation, Romero was looked upon as one of the few people who could keep the violence-ridden society from plunging into all-out civil war. ...
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Photo By Octavio Duran

"When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises."

"My disposition must be to give my life for God, whatever the end of my life is"

- Archbishop Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero was gunned down while saying mass on March 24, 1980.
Creighton mourns the death and celebrates the work and mission of Oscar Romero

The 30th Anniversary of the Murder of Oscar Romero is March 24, 2010. Creighton will celebrate with speakers, a mass of commemoration, and a send-off service for members of the Creighton Community attending the Peace Vigil at the School of the Americas.

"Dangerous Memories...Prophetic Voices"
The 2009-2010 academic year is celebration of the lives of the martyrs in El Salvador and aroudn the world that have shaped our Jesuit and Catholic identiy and what it means to serve, accompany, reflect, pray, and lead. Read more about the events commemorating the UCA Martyrs, Oscar Romero, the Four Church Women, and many more "Prophetic Voices."

Past Events at Creighton
A listing of past events at Creighton that commemorate and celebrate life of the Archbishop

Quotations from Archbishop Oscar Romero

"You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish."
Speaking to a reporter, days before his murder

"The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being . . . a defender of the rights of the poor . . . a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society . . . that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history."

"While it is clear that our Church has been the victim of persecution during the last three years, it is even more important to observe the reason for the persecution.  ...The persecution comes about because of the Church's defense  of the poor, for assuming the destiny of the poor."

"You say that you are Christian. If you are really Christian, please stop sending military aid to the military here, because they use it only to kill my people."
From a letter to President Carter:
"A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call." 

Links to Learn More

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Romero's birth - with many resources.

A reflection for the 35th Anniversary of the murder of Oscar Romero by Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J.

"Death Comes For the Archbishop"
The Martyrdom of Oscar Romero
America Magazine

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Canonizing Romero"
Commonweal Magazine

"Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Shepherd's Diary"
Romero's Trust

"A Remembrance"
Salt of the Earth Magazine

An article series on the life and impact of Romero.

"The Reluctant Conversion of Oscar Romero"
Sojourners Magazine.
By Carmen Chacon, Salvador Carranza, Juan Macho, Inocencio Alas, Carmen Elena Hernandez, Maria Isabel Figueroa, Jorge Lara-Braud

Memories of the Archbishop from March, 2000, the 20th anniversary of his assassination.

"Oscar Romero of El Salvador", By Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. 1987. Courtesy of Trinity Stores (www.trinitystores.com or 800-699-4482)

"Oscar Arnulfo Romero: Prophet to the Americas"
An excerpt from the book
By Margaret Swedish

UN Truth Commission Report
A document presenting the evidence recorded on the murders in el Salvador

The Romero Trust
A collection of Archbishop Romero's homlies and pastoral letters. There are also links to current news and events about Romero and list of additional resources.

Romero Statue
A photo accomanied by a brief biography about Romero and the statue of him in Westminster Abby.

Boston College Powerpoint
Slide show on life of Romero from Boston College's site on their Romero Scholarship.

Archbishop Romero's Last Sermon
From The Church and Human Liberation, March 14, 1980.

Foundation for Self-Suffiency in Latin America
The Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America (FSSCA) works in partnership and solidarity with low-income communities in Central America organized to achieve environmental sustainability, economic self-sufficiency, social justice, and peace.

San Romero Online Discussion
Bi-lingual reflection and discussion group on Oscar Romero.  The forum includes links to Romero websites.

For Further Reading and Research
A select bibliography of books, films, and reseach on the UCA Martyrs, Oscar Romero, The Four Churchwomen, and El Salvador.

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