El Salvador

'The Great Amen' by Peter Bridgman
On 14 October, Pope Francis will declare Archbishop Oscar Romero a saint, along with Pope Paul VI and several other beati. Martin Maier SJ, who has a longstanding connection with El Salvador, traces Romero’s personal transformation up to the moment of his martyr’s death in the middle of a sermon. It has been a beatification and canonisation process dogged with obstacles and delays. In El Salvador, the vast majority of the population began venerating Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint a...
Fr Rodolfo Cardenal SJ
The Director of the Monseñor Romero Centre at the UCA, the Jesuit University in El Salvador, will be the guest of the Archbishop Romero Trust in Britain and other Justice and Peace organisations from 31 October until 5 November 2016, and will deliver the Romero Lecture at five venues in Scotland and England, including two Jesuit parishes. The lecture will be entitled ‘Rutilio, Romero and Pope Francis’.Central American Jesuit, Fr Rodolfo Cardenal SJ is a surviving colleague of the...
The 1989 martyrs of El Salvador: six Jesuits and two laypeople
Three of the four former military personnel who had been jailed in El Salvador for the killing of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in 1989, have been released by the country’s Supreme Court. The request for their extradition to Spain was also denied.The former officers - Colonel Angel Perez Vasquez, Sgt Ramiro Avalos Vargas and Sgt Tomas Zarpate Castillo – had been jailed in February after Salvadoran authorities acted on international arrest warrants issued by Spain...
Blessed Oscar Romero
On Monday 24 March 1980 at 6.26pm, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot dead at the altar with a single marksman’s bullet in the middle of a Mass he was celebrating in the chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived.The next day an urgent telegram was received from London: “Supreme sacrifice of Archbishop Romero is climax of his peaceful struggle for poor and oppressed.  Will inspire all to continue his Christian witness.  Grieve with Church of El Salvador on loss of incomparable pastor....
El Salvador Martyrs
16 November marks the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits, and their housekeeper and her daughter, in El Salvador.  The Jesuits were targeted because they spoke out against the unjust treatment of the Salvadoran people. Jennifer Knapp, who works with imprisoned Salvadoran youth, explains why the martyrs’ legacy is still urgently relevant in ‘post-war’ El Salvador, where the injustices that the Jesuits confronted have transformed rather than been resolved. This year marks...