Martyr Priest Now Saint Romero Challenged Power In El Salvador


SAN SALVADORSAN SALVADOR – In 1980, a day after urging El Salvador’s military to halt a string of abuses that would inflame a 12-year civil war in the impoverished country, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot dead while leading Mass.

His homilies had blasted the U.S.-backed military dictatorship while voicing solidarity with the poor, making him a Latin American human rights icon.

On Sunday at the Vatican, he will become a Roman Catholic saint.

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