The Martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero: 25 Years Later
24 Mar 2005 12:21 GMT
Archbishop Oscar Romero was a powerful voice for the poor and oppressed in El Salvador who openly spoke out against U.S.-funded government repression and mass-murder. Such preaching made him a target by U.S.-trained paramilitary death squads in his country and on March 24th, 1980, a week after the Archbishop gave a fiery sermon where he openly called for militiamen to defy their leaders and put down their weapons, he was gunned down by an assassin while he presided over mass. Thursday, March 24th, 2005 marks the 25th anniversary of his martyrdom.