“Faith played a big role in Monsignor Oscar Romero's life,” Octavio Duran, OFM, says of his friend, who will be canonized on Sunday. “Romero was a gift—a gift to us Salvadorians. But he's also a gift to the world.”
Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass. Over the next few days, his body lay in state in the cathedral where he had so often preached. Thousands of mourners filed past his coffin, many of them campesinos, landless peasants and field workers, who had traveled miles to be there.