“In the name of this suffering people, whose cries rise to heaven each day more tumultuous, I beseech you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression.”
On March 23, 1980, Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, Archbishop of San Salvador and a leading figure in the struggle for human rights in El Salvador delivered this sermon over national radio. The very next day, the Archbishop was assassinated while he celebrated mass in the Chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.
Archbishop Romero was the leading "voice of the voiceless" who held up a social mirror to the government repression for the poor. His weekly radio homilies, broadcast throughout the country, captivated Salvadoran audiences and called for an end to military repression.
34 Anniversario Biografía de Monseñor Romero
Photos of Archbishop Romero on Balmy Alley, San Francisco, CA
Photos of Archbishop Romero's assassination and funeral.