With the emergence of armed guerrilla groups on the far left, civil war loomed. [35] This was followed by an hour-long speech on radio the following day. Almost a month later, fellow priest Rutilio Grande, known for his philanthropic activities for the poor, was assassinated. LORD GOD, CREATOR OF ALL GIVE ME EYES TO SEE INJUSTICE EARS TO HEAR THE POOR, WISDOM TO KNOW COMPASSION AND THE COURAGE TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE . In 1978-79, this popular Archbishop was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, by 119 British Statesmen and 26 diplomats from the United States. There, in a society of cover-up and lies, he spoke the truth of what was happening in the countryside; he denounced the killings, the torture and the disappearances of community leaders; he demanded justice and recompense for the atrocities committed by the army and police and he set up legal aid projects and pastoral programmes to support the victims of the violence. [16] However, the boy broached the idea of studying for the priesthood, which did not surprise those who knew him. On 23 October 2018, days after Saint Romero's canonization, Judge Chicas issued a new arrest warrant for him, and Interpol and the National Police are charged with finding his hideout and apprehending him.

Cardinal Saraiva responded, "Not as far as I know today,"[91] In November 2005, a Jesuit magazine signaled that Romero's beatification was still "years away. Much less can it be a liberation that supports or is supported by violence. The C.C.S. In 1981 a choral-symphony titled 'Elegia Violeta para Monsenhor Romero' was composed by Jorge Antunes of Brazil as a tribute to the famous priest. [79][80] D'Aubuisson and Linares are deceased, so they cannot be prosecuted. Subscribe to our magazine to support our editorial mission, or follow us on social for commentary and more.

[70], Subsequent investigations by the United Nations and other international bodies have established that the four assassins were members of a death squad led by Major Roberto D'Aubuisson.

The holy Mass had taken place at a small chapel in the 'La Divina Providencia' hospital. Romero criticized the United States for giving military aid to the new government and wrote an open letter to President Jimmy Carter in February 1980, warning that increased US military aid would "undoubtedly sharpen the injustice and the political repression inflicted on the organized people, whose struggle has often been for their most basic human rights." [95], The Congregation for Saints' Causes voted unanimously to recommend Pope Francis recognize Romero as a martyr. During his lifetime, the Archbishop had written several books, some of them being ‘The Violence of Love’, ‘The Church Is All of You’, ‘Voice of the Voiceless’, and ‘Shepherd's Diary’. In 2008, Romero was named one of the ‘15 Champions of World Democracy’ by European magazine ‘A Different View’.

Frank Diaz Escalet, 1998, "Oscar Romero, Un Regalo De Dios Para El Mundo Entero;" acrylic on Masonite. He completed his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Theology cum laude in 1941, but had to wait a year to be ordained because he was younger than the required age.

He died a Eucharistic martyr, a martyr to the option for the poor, a martyr to the Magisterium of the Church – and now recognised as Saint Oscar Romero.