Archbishop Romero is an El Salvador national hero for his role in resisting human rights violations that were occurring in the lead-up to the Salvadoran Civil War.
He anticipated his own death.
Today, the Monument to Truth and Memory stands in the Salvadoran capital to honor the 75,000 civilians who lost their lives in the Salvadoran Civil War. To date, the unfinished wall contains nearly 30,000 names.
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"The monument is a place where the pains of the past can be freed," said Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, who played a leading role in establishing the monument." It is also a place where new generations can learn the contemporary history of El Salvador and build a culture of peace."
The Carter and Reagan administrations of United States contributed to the 1979-1992 Salvadoran Civil War by providing large amounts of aid to the El Salvador government in the name of fighting Communism.
When a coup d'état overthrew the Salvadoran government on October 15, 1979, Romero expressed cautious support for the reformist junta which replaced it. He soon became disenchanted, however, as the persecution of the poor and the Church did not cease. In February 1980 he addressed an open letter to U.S. President Jimmy Carter in which he called upon the United States to discontinue military aid to the regime." We are fed up with weapons and bullets," he pleaded.
His beatification was held in San Salvador on May 23, 2015. It was celebrated in the Plaza Salvador del Mundo cerca del Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo. Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the ceremony on behalf of Pope Francis. An estimated 250,000 people attended the service, many watching on large television screens set up in the streets around the plaza.
Volcanic black sand beach of El Sunzal La Libertad, located not far from the capital, San Salvador.
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