Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Obama pays tribute to Archbishop Romero

Catholic World News - March 24, 2011

Accompanied by Archbishop Escobar Alas of San Salvador and President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, President Barack Obama visited the tomb of the Servant of God Oscar Romero on the evening of March 22. Before lighting a candle, the president “closed his eyes, briefly bowed his head and then turned back, looking subdued,” according to a White House press report.

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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 24, 2011 10:27 PM ET USA

    I am sad to read that Romero's progression to designation as a saint is stalled because of being politicized. We need the example of this kind of courage in today's world.

  • Posted by: filioque - Mar. 24, 2011 6:55 PM ET USA

    It is a shame that the Archbishop of San Salvador allowed a notorious abuser of the rights of unborn children to wrap himself in the cloak of Archbishop Romero. Better President Obama had fallen to his knees and repented and reformed.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis March 27
Our Most Characteristic Vice? March 27
Recognizing the Noonday Devil March 27
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? March 27
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women March 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13