Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated on March 24 1980. He is someone who has inspired me. has challenged me in the way that he tirelessly and fearlessly campaigned for the poor, for those whose rights were quashed in the civil war. In 1980, as he finished giving his homily during Mass, Romero was assassinated.
Today, El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes has issued an official apology for the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero by a right-wing death squad 30 years ago. “I am seeking pardon in the name of the state,” Mr Funes said as he unveiled a mural honouring Oscar Romero at El Salvador’s international airport.
This seems a good step in acknowledging truth. In 1993 a United Nations-sponsored truth commission concluded the archbishop’s assassination was carried out by a death squad under the orders of Roberto D’Aubuisson, a former army officer who died in 1992. He founded the Nationalist Republican Alliance, or Arena Party, which governed El Salvador from 1989 until 2009.
No-one has ever been convicted in connection with Archbishop Romero’s murder.