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Obama to visit grave of Archbishop Romero

March 18, 2011

US President Barack Obama will visit the grave of Archbishop Oscar Romero during a trip to El Salvador next week.

Archbishop Romero, who had frequently denounced human-rights violations in El Salvador, was shot and killed on March 24, 1980, while he was celebrating Mass. A UN investigation later concluded that the killing was ordered by Roberto d’Aubuisson, a right-wing leader who was associated with the notorious “death squads” during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. The archbishop’s funeral, too, was disrupted by gunfire.

Once a lightning-rod for criticism because of his support for liberation theology, Archbishop Romero today is seen as a champion of human rights. A cause for his beatification is underway.

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