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Oscar Romero was the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador and a defender of the poor who had become oppressed and abused by those in power. The growing political unrest in San Salvador would be the defining issue for his time as chief shepherd in El Salvador’s capital. On March 23, 1980, Romero preached a homily in which he called for the government’s military to surrender to their Christian consciences and refuse to continue taking part in the violence against their brothers. The next day Romero was gunned down while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel in San Salvador by an unknown assassin.
Romero was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in 2014. A miracle needed for canonization was approved for Romero in 2017, paving the way for his 2018 canonization.
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