The martyrs, who were murdered nine years after St. Romero was killed while celebrating Mass, were believed to have been targeted due to their outspoken calls for a cease-fire between government and rebel forces.
The archbishop of San Salvador says water is “monopolized and contaminated by industries,” and there needs to be a guarantee of access for “the multitudes.”
The killing has shaken Catholic Church officials, who say they still do not know what led to the assassination or what it means for the church.
Father Grande was known as a champion of the poor and the oppressed at a time when El Salvador was on the threshold of a civil war, a war that eventually killed over 70,000 people.
Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., former editor in chief of America, gave this homily at a memorial Mass for the Jesuits slain Jesuits at St. Ignatius Church in New York on Nov. 22, 1989.
When we think of martyrs for justice in the world today the beatitudes that immediately spring to mind may be ldquo blessed are the peacemakers rdquo or even ldquo blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness rdquo We likely don rsquo t give much thought to the martyrs as the pur