Monseñor Romero

Until his assassination by right-  
wing gunmen, Archbishop Oscar A. Romero (1917-1980) of San Salvador spoke out courageously in defense of human rights and social justice in strife-torn El  Salvador.  

Romero’s campaign for human  
rights in El Salvador won him  
many national and international admirers as well as a Nobel  
 Peace Prize nomination. It also  
won him enemies, however. On March 24, 1980, a group of  
unidentified gunmen entered a  
 small chapel in San Salvador  
while Romero was celebrating  
 mass and shot him to death.  
  The  archbishop had foreseen  
the danger of assassination and had spoken of it often, declaring his willingness to accept  
martyrdom if his blood might  
contribute to the solution of the nation’s problems. “As a   Christian,” he remarked on one  
such occasion: 

“I do not believe in death without  
resurrection. If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people.”