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Oscar Arnulfo Romero: The Defender Of The Poor

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Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was murdered on March 24th, 1980. In 1992 after the end of the civil war, the UN installed a Committee of Truth to discover violations against Human Rights in El Salvador between 1977 and 1991. On March 20th, 1993, the report of the Committee of Truth was published. Romero became archbishop in the capital of country that was suffering from severe social and political conflicts for decades. In four pastoral letters, Oscar Romero commented the situation in El Salvador. First letters deals with the future commitment of his diocese. The second letter deals with the present reality of the church. The third pastoral letter was published together with Arturo Rivera, the bishop of Santiago de Maria. In his fourth pastoral letter from August 6th, 1979, Romero aimed at implementing the guidelines of the third Latin American Bishops Conference of Puebla in his diocese.

Keywords: archbishop; Oscar Arnulfo Romero; pastoral letters; political conflicts; San Salvador

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