From the time Oscar Arnulfo Romero was named archbishop of San Salvador on February 22, 1977 until he was murdered at the altar on March 24, 1980, he delivered 193 homilies that were broadcast to the nation by radio. These homilies were later transcribed and published in six volumes in El Salvador and are now being offered in print for the first time in English by Convivium Press. The homilies are the impassioned voice of a prophetic pastor addressing his people and his nation at a time of unprecedented crisis and violence. The homilies offer an unsparing indictment of the harsh political reality of El Salvador but persistently summon Salvadorans to respond courageously to the Gospel mandates of peace, love, and social equality. Presented in a style suitable for both specialists and the general readership, the present volume is an English translation of the first 46 homilies, delivered between March 14 and November 25, 1977. They correspond to the first volume of the original Spanish edition and to Cycle C of the Church’s liturgy.
About the Author
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, and declared a martyr by Pope Francis on 3 February 2015. Romero spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture, and in 1980, after attending an Opus Dei recollection, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass. Romero will be beatified on Saturday, 23 May 2015 in San Salvador.