el salvador martyrs

This week has seen important developments in the case against perpetrators of the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests and two women in El Salvador.On Wednesday 74 year old former El Salvadorean government security minister Inocente Orlando Montano was extradited to Spain from the United States.  On Thursday he appeared before a Spanish magistrate in Madrid, who ordered that he be jailed while awaiting trial for alleged involvement in the 1989 murders. Montano faces charges of terrorist...
A US federal judge ruled this week that Inocente Orlando Montano Morales (Montano), can be extradited to Spain in order to stand trial for his role in the massacre of six Jesuits and their companions in El Salvador in 1989. This is confirming a similar judgment last year by a magistrate judge. In America, federal judges are appointed by the president and their judgments take precedence. Prosecutions have taken place in El Salvador but until now no one has stood trial in Spain for the murders....
The chapel at the Hospital Divina Providencia where Archbishop Romero resided and where he was assassinated
The Centro Loyola in San Salvador, run by the Jesuit Province of Central American, will host the third pilgrimage to El Salvador organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust later this year. The pilgrimage in November coincides with the Centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth which is being celebrated throughout 2017. It will take place from 13 to 25 November 2017 and bookings are now open.The pilgrimage will include a morning at the Carmelite Hospital where Archbishop Romero lived, and Mass in...
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...
One of the Generals who has been charged in what the US Department of Justice has called the "terrorist murders" of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador, along with their housekeeper and her young daughter in November 1989, has been deported by the United States Government.The LA Times said the deportation to El Salvador of General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova for his participation in war crimes was one of ‘two landmark cases’ because they set new precedents. It opens the path for his extradition...
Sunday (16 November) was the 25th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuits in El Salvador, along with their housekeeper and her daughter. Special events were held throughout the country to commemorate their martyrdom.Among those attending the weekend of services, conferences and prayer was British Jesuit, Fr Michael Campbell-Johnston SJ, former director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in El Salvador and former provincial of the Jesuits in Britain. He was accompanied by Fr Michael Kirwan SJ, Head...
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...