"Today is the 35th anniversary of the March 24, 1980 assassination of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. The day is being met with marches and commemorations throughout the week and throughout the country as El Salvador looks towards May 23 and the celebration of Romero's beatification by the Roman Catholic church.
The image of Romero is everywhere in El Salvador, from a mural within the international airport which now bears his name, to the walls of houses in remote hamlets in the countryside. It is evidence of how profound was the impact of this man of God who walked hand-in-hand with the oppressed and the poor in the country. It was his commitment to justice rooted in faith which put him on the path to martyrdom at the hands of a death squad assassin."