First Salvadoran to be sainted celebrated in Philly at weekend events

October 12, 2018

By Staff

In 1989, five years after he started his own service as a priest, The Rev. Tom Higgins watched the biopic about Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero. From that day on, Romero, who earned his reputation as “the voice of the voiceless” for running a church commission that investigated human rights abuses nationwide, served as Higgins’ inspiration and one of his lifetime heroes.

Now Higgins has a new reason to watch Romero. The left-leaning Archbishop of San Salvador, who was killed while leading Mass in 1980, will Sunday become the first Catholic from El Salvador to be canonized, 38 years after his assassination by a gunman hired by right-wing death squads.

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