Oscar Romero Animation

El Salvador in the 1970s was a country deeply divided most Salvadorans lived in extreme poverty while a small number of bridge families controlled most of the wealth and political power violence was regularly used against those who stood up to challenge this inequality this was the situation when Oscar Romero became Archbishop of San Salvador the nation's capital in 1977 originally he was seen as a safe pair of hands someone who would not rock a boat but as Archbishop he would regularly hear first-hand account of the ordinary working people who would be threatened or disappear without trace Romero said the world of God is like the light of the Sun it illuminates beautiful things but also things which we would rather not see weeks after he had become Archbishop his close friend the Jesuit Father in Brasilia grande was killed it was then that Archbishop Romero began to speak out if they had killed him for doing what he did then I too have to walk the same path each week after many hours of research consultation and prayer Romero used his lengthy Sunday homilies as a platform he condemned the repression and would name an account for every man woman and child who had been targeted and killed or disappeared he used his sermons to challenge those in power it is not God's will for some to have everything and others to have nothing in a time of heavy press censorship his sermons broadcast nationwide over the radio were the only way that people could hear the truth about the atrocities happening in their country it was a dangerous path receiving death threats through a mirror knew that one day soon he could be killed still he remained utterly committed to carrying out his mission days before his assassination he said as a Christian I do not believe in death without resurrection if they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador a bishop may die but the Church of God which is the people will never die on the eve of his assassination he urged soldiers and police not to follow orders to kill the peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters when a man tells you to kill remember God's words thou shalt not kill in the name of God and in the name of this suffering people I beg you I beseech you I order you in the name of God stop the repression at 6:20 6 p.m. on 24th March 1918 while celebrating Mass Archbishop Romero was shot dead at the altar in the chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived Oscar Romero gave his life to speak out on behalf of the poor and oppressed in his country Romero's example remains an inspiration to millions across the globe who work for justice reconciliation and peace you


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