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