Oscar Romero, Martyr, Martyrdom

Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. He was shot to death on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at a chapel near his cathedral. The previous day he had preached a sermon calling on soldiers to disobey orders that violated human rights. Almost nine months after Romero’s assassination, four Maryknoll nuns … Continue reading Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

The Martyrdom of Peter and Paul

Today is the commemoration of the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Church’s tradition teaches that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in 64 A.D. According to tradition, Paul was granted the right of a Roman citizen to be beheaded by a sword, but Peter suffered the fate of his Lord, crucifixion, though with head downward. They … Continue reading The Martyrdom of Peter and Paul

“A bishop will die.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. Today, March 24, is the Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. Radicals distrusted Romero’s conservative sympathies. This would, however, quickly change for them and Romero. Following Romero’s appointment a Jesuit friend of … Continue reading “A bishop will die.”