As El Salvador gets ready for the archbishop's beatification, the country is in the midst of one of its most violent periods.
The chapel of Divine Providence Hospital in El Salvador is one of the most visited places by local and foreign pilgrims. They come wishing to learn more about Archbishop Oscar Romero, the controversial archbishop who has become a Salvadoran icon.
Making a Difference: To the people of Central America, especially the poor and oppressed, Oscar Romero is already a saint.
"What was a humanitarian crisis at our border last summer is now a due process crisis in our courts."
Former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales is one of 20 Salvadoran military men indicted in 2011 for the murder of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.
On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as he said Mass in San Salvador. A U.S. archbishop recalls the funeral.
In a country where the major media refused to report on the unbridled military violence, Archbishop Oscar Romero refused to be censored.
The Vatican's chief promoter of Archbishop Oscar Romero's sainthood cause joined the president of El Salvador at a government-sponsored press conference Wednesday to announce officially the date of the slain Salvadoran prelate's beautification: May 23 in San Salvador.
Vandals have damaged a prominent statue of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, recently declared a martyr.
The right hand, which had been holding a cross, was cut off the nearly 10-foot monument, located near Plaza El Divino Salvador del Mundo.
Romero "is very much loved by a vast majority of Salvadorans, but he is also one of the most hated by a small minority," Marisa Martinez of the Archbishop Romero Foundation told Catholic News Service.
Providing security for Central America means removing some of the armaments the United States has provided for the war on drugs.