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Bl. Oscar Romero: A martyr of the option for the poor

Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador will be proclaimed Saint on October 14.

Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980 as he was saying Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital where he lived.  He was an outspoken voice for the poorest people of his country, so got caught up in a conflict between the military government and guerilla groups that claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives.

Thirty five years later, he was declared a martyr of the Church, killed out of hatred of the faith, and was beatified on May 23rd 2015.

10 October 2018, 10:37