Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in 1980, while celebrating Mass at Church of the Divine Providence, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Thirty-five years later, Romero is to be beatified by Pope Francis who has declared him a martyr.
Archbishop Romero inspired Christians around the world with his commitment to the poor, the outcast, and the marginalized -- those whom Jesus described as the 'least of these.' Archbishop Romero's stirring words from his last sermon capture the essence of his ministry and continue to inspire:
Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grains of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies . . . We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.
Here is a collection of photographs of Archbishop Oscar Romero in life, death and his legacy after death: