Archbishop Oscar Romeo Beatified by Pope Francis on May 23

Oscar Romero

Thu, 06/04/2015


On May 23 2015 large crowds of people gathered in San Salvador to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed by an assassin's bullet while at mass on March 24, 1980.   The 25th anniversary of his death was recently memorialized by the AJCU conference and Jesuit university Presidents.  Father Ted Dziak, S.J. represented Loyola University New Orleans at the 25th anniversary memorial in El Salvador.

This beatification moves the martyr a step closer to sainthood.  An outspoken advocate for the poor, Archbishop Romero was shot and killed as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, during the country's civil war.  His beatification Mass was one of the largest public events in El Salvador’s history, with over 250,000 people gathered for the beatification.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, celebrated the Mass in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo in San Salvador. Six cardinals, 200 bishops and 1,200 priests attended, wearing red vestments signifying martyrdom, with Archbishop Romero’s episcopal motto: “sentir con la iglesia,” or “feel with the church,” also translated as “to think with the church.”

Archbishop Romero called for an end to the violence and killing of civilians during El Salvador’s civil war, which lasted from 1979 until 1992. He drew inspiration from his close friend Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, who was assassinated for his own work seeking justice for the poor in El Salvador in 1977. At Fr. Grande’s funeral, Archbishop.