According to John Allen at the National Catholic Reporter, the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero could “come swiftly.” To learn more about Romero, who advocated on behalf of the poor and the oppressed, we recommend: The Violence of Love. It’s a collection of excerpts from Romero’s radio broadcasts and homilies over the three year period leading up to his assassination.
Romero was martyred on March 24, 1980 in El Salvador. He was shot in the heart while celebrating the Eucharist. The day before his death, he gave a homily in which he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God’s law and stop carrying out the government’s violations of human rights.
“I’d like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us. We are the same People. The farmers and peasants that you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill, think instead in the words of God, ‘Thou shalt not kill!’ No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the Law of God. In His name and in the name of our tormented people who have suffered so much, and whose laments cry out to heaven: I implore you! I beg you! I order you!”