Pope decrees slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero a martyr

February 4, 2015 5:05 AM

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“In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people, whose laments rise to heaven each day more tumultuous, I beg you, I beseech you, I order you in the name of God: Stop the repression!” he said.

Following his death, Romero was transformed into a rallying figure for El Salvador’s left as the country slowly recovered from its brutal civil war. Even today, his image routinely shows up on flyers next to the likes of Che Guevara and Salvador Allende — icons of the Latin American left.

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