Posts Tagged ‘El Salvador’

Ex-Salvadoran colonel jailed for 1989 murder of Spanish Jesuits

Monday, September 14th, 2020

A former Salvadoran army colonel who served as a government security minister has been sentenced to 133 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of five Spanish Jesuits who died in one of the infamous atrocities of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. Judges at Spain’s highest criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional, on Read more

Abuse amnesty proposal in El Salvador condemned

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Catholic Church leaders in El Salvador have condemned a proposalthat would grant amnesty to those who committed serious crimes during the country’s civil conflict in the 1980s and early 1990s. Read more

Arrest warrant issued for Saint Oscar Romero’s killer

Monday, October 29th, 2018

El Salvador has issued an arrest warrant for Saint Oscar Romero’s killer. Saint Oscar Romero, who was canonised earlier this month, is thought to have been killed by a former soldier believed to be in hiding. The new saint was internationally known as an outspoken opponent of the El Salvador government’s oppression and violence against Read more

Pope denounces priests and bishops who ‘defamed’ Romero

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Pope Francis has denounced priests and bishops who “defamed” Blessed Oscar Romero after his death, in a campaign that delayed his beatification. The Pope made these remarks “off-the-cuff” while speaking on Friday to a group of Salvadoran pilgrims. Pope Francis said that Romero suffered martyrdom not just by his murder on March 24, 1980, but Read more

Making a difference: the courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Ukraine Government

Who would have predicted it? Who would have imagined on Feb. 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as Archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero – who was suspicious of the Catholic Church’s involvement in political activism – would die a martyr’s death for courageously defending his people against the murderous Read more

Huge numbers at Oscar Romero beatification in El Salvador

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on May 23 in El Salvador with hundreds of thousands of people present for the occasion. “Romero, friend, the people are with you,” the congregation chanted at a square in San Salvador. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass. Read more

Archbishop Romero — trusted news source

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

While he was first and foremost a faithful shepherd and a martyr for the faith, a fact now confirmed by the Vatican, Archbishop Oscar Romero was also the most trusted source of news in war-torn El Salvador up until the day he was assassinated on March 24, 1980. In a country where the major media Read more

Oscar Romero to be beatified in May in El Salvador

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is to be beatified on May 23 in San Salvador. The ceremony will be in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause. Archbishop Paglia called the beatification a gift for the world, but particularly for the people of El Salvador.​ In February, Pope Read more

Archbishop Romero seen as martyr of Vatican II Church

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A leading campaigner of the cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero believes the slain prelate was a martyr of the church of the Second Vatican Council. The postulator of the archbishop’s cause, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, said that Romero’s killers wanted “to strike the Church that flowed from the Second Vatican Council”. On February 3, Pope Francis Read more

US bishop urges care for thousands of illegal child migrants

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

An American bishop has called for child-friendly shelters plus pastoral care and case managers for the thousands of children flooding across the Mexican border. Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, told the House Judiciary Committee on June 25 that violence in their homelands is the root cause of so many children immigrating illegally. Bishop Read more