“I am bound, as a pastor, by divine command to give my life for those whom I love, and that is all Salvadoreans, even those who are going to kill me.”
Two weeks after these words appeared in a local newspaper, Archbishop Romero was gunned down while celebrating Mass.
The Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador’s horrendous civil war, Romero was initially a rather “safe” and conservative prelate, but over time came to realize how his people were suffering. He became a tireless advocate of the poor — enough for him to be assassinated on March 24, 1980.
On the anniversary of this good man’s death, let us pray for all those brave souls who continue to fight against corruption and injustice.