Archbishop Oscar Romero lived his life amid the poverty and injustice of Latin America. As the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, he became the leader of the church in his native land. But as archbishop he also became a man of the poor, their advocate when they had no other voice to demand justice for them. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while saying Mass.
In life, he was the champion of the poor – “the voice of the voiceless.” In death, he became a symbol of the power of truth over the forces of oppression; “Let my blood be a seed of freedom… Let my death; if it is accepted by God, be for the liberation of my people and as a witness of hope in the future.”
On Oct. 14, 2018, Archbishop Romero was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis. His statue is included in the Cathedral’s Human Rights Porch, alongside Eleanor Roosevelt, Bishop John Walker, Mother Teresa and others.