el salvador

Young man raises fist along with many people in a square in El Salvador
The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating.On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered (see below), and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of...
A Quote from the Provincial on the martrys of El Salvdor " In death they have shared the fate of so many poor Salvadorans, assassinated because they sought liberation through peaceful means."
Michael Kirwan SJ reflects on the significance of the martyrs of El Salvador, 25 years on, and their message for us todayThe assassination of six Jesuit priests and two lay helpers at the University of Central America in El Salvador on 16 November 1989 was a horrific act of violence, one of many in a particularly brutal civil war. Like every act of Christian martyrdom, however, it is also a life-giving event, mysteriously fruitful of all that is the opposite of cynical cruelty. Like the...
Pope Francis has cleared the path for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. On the plane back from his visit to South Korea, he described Romero, who was murdered in 1980, as “a man of God" and said that he hoped to be able to declare him ‘blessed’."There are no doctrinal problems,” he told journalists, “and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly."Archbishop Romero denounced the right-wing death squads that operated in...
Why did I become a Jesuit ?  I suppose the most obvious answer is that I went to a Jesuit school and was thus educated by Jesuits for 11 years.  Two especially had much influence on me and I felt I wanted to be like them.   I still have a somewhat battered holy picture of Our Lady on the back of which, aged 14½, I wrote: “My dearest mother Mary, today I consecrate you ‘La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente’ and promise you I will never marry but will hold...