Oscar Romero, Shepherd of the Poor, Mourned

Archbishop Oscar Romero
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"In 1980, in the midst of a bloody U.S.-funded war the UN Truth Commission called genocidal, the soon-to-be-assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero promised history that life, not death, would have the last word. 'I do not believe in death without resurrection,' he said. 'If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.'

On this 25th anniversary of his death, the people will march through the streets carrying that promise printed on thousands of banners. Mothers will make pupusas (thick tortillas with beans) at 5 a.m., pack them, and prepare the children for a two-to-four hour ride or walk to the city to remember the gentle man they called Monsenor.

Oscar Romero gave his last homily on March 24. Moments before a sharpshooter felled him, reflecting on scripture, he said, "One must not love oneself so much, as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us, and those that fend off danger will lose their lives." The homily, however, that sealed his fate took place the day before when he took the terrifying step of publicly confronting the military."

Read more in this article: Oscar Romero: Shepherd of the Poor.