Arcibishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

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Arcibishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

Brief Biography- Prominent in El Salvador between the 1960s and 1970s - Became an Archbishop in 1977- Spoke out for victims of poverty, opression, and repression- Was not friends with the Church or Government because of his liberalism- Was assasinated during mass because of his liberalism on March 24, 1980

Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo RomeroAugust 15, 1917 - March 24, 1980

Sources•Adams, Jerome R. Liberators and Patriots of Latin America. Jefferson: McFarland ' Company, Inc., Publishers, 1991. Print. •Brockman, James R. The World Remains, A Life of Oscar Romero. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1982. Print. •“Biography of Archbishop Oscar Romero – International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.” 24 March. United Nations. Web. 23 February 2015.

"Basic justice demands theestablishment of minimum levels of participation in the life of the human community for all persons.The ultimate injustice is for a person or group to be treated actively or abandoned passively as ifthey were nonmembers of the human race."- Economic Justice For AllUS Catholic Bishops

Minestrial Career1942 - Ordained1942 - 1970 - Parish Priest ' Diocesan Secretary 1970 - 1974 - Auxillary Bishop of San Salvador1974 - 1977 - Assigned to Diocese of Santiago De Maria1977 - Returned to the Capital to succeed San Salvador's aged metropolitan Archbishop 1980 - Assasinated

His Radical Views- Skeptical of Vatican II reforms - The moment he became an archbishop he became a radical - Outspoken opponent against injustice and defended the poor * Had seen things during his time as Bishop of Santiago De Maria - Distrusted government- Spoke out on the Archbishop radio - Letter to US President to stop military aid (Jimmy Carter)

Romero's Cause: The Poor ' RepressedAfter spending time in Santiago De Maria where he got to experience, firsthand, the poverty and repression plaguing the world.Romero instructed soldiers to STOP firing on the innocents and asked the US to cut off military aid as he was not fond of weapons.He brought attention to those who needed help and became known as the "Voice For the Voiceless. He brought God's mercy to the repressed.

Meghan Patrick

Voice of the Voiceless

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed."- Luke 4:18

Romero's advocacy to help the opressed and repressed demonstrates God's plan for living in just relationships.

By being a voice for those who cannot speak, we can continue Romero's work of creating just relationships

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