More than thirty years since his assassination in March, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero continues to serve as one of the great Christian witnesses of our time. Illustrated with more than 100 photographs, this biography tells his story, beginning with his humble origins and his early life as a relatively conservative priest and bishop. Only in the last three years of his life, with his consecration as archbishop of San Salvador, did he undergo an astonishing transformation--some have called it a conversion. Embracing the church's "option for the poor," Romero became a courageous voice for the voiceless, embarking on a path he knew would lead to his death.
This biography reveals both his humanity as well his extraordinary faith and courage. It offers a stunning portrait of the gospel challenge for our time.
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This excellent illustrated biography and contextual theological commentary may serve as perfect portal for those first coming to know this great saint and martyr of the Americas, of the Roman Catholic Church, and for those of us as well who have long studied carefully, even tearfully, his exemplary life and prophetic words and even visited his tomb and his chapel of martyrdom, as I have, within years of his killing by a US bullet during the Offertory of the Mass.
Shockingly this book carries photographs of his body soon after the shooting, taken by his personal photographer the Franciscan Octavio Duran, whose images illuminate helpfully this great life throughout the text, supplemented by otherly sourced images, including Religious News Services.
I cannot possibly make a summary here of this summary of his life; there is so much to say. I can merely urge you, suggest you read this book quickly, carefully, repeatedly, prayerfully, as we have just now passed the...
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