Tag: El Salvador

Forty years after killings, Salvadoran city claims Maryknoll Sisters as its own

Forty years after killings, Salvadoran city claims Maryknoll Sisters as its own

| September 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a bright and clear January afternoon, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar walked into a cemetery and gently dusted off a white name plate on top of a sky-blue block of tombs. Making plans for the year ahead, he told secretary Violeta Esmeralda Serrano nearby that they needed to make sure the tombs were decorated with flowers Dec. 2.

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Ex-Salvadoran officer: ‘High command’ gave order to kill Jesuits in ’89

Ex-Salvadoran officer: ‘High command’ gave order to kill Jesuits in ’89

| David Agren | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

A former Salvadoran army officer has testified that the “high command” gave orders to eliminate Jesuits priests during the country’s civil war. He also said the Central American country’s president would have known of the crimes to be committed and did not intervene.

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Salvadoran cardinal calls for prudence, patience amid political turmoil

Salvadoran cardinal calls for prudence, patience amid political turmoil

| David Agren | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Salvador cardinal urged “prudence” from the politicians in the Central American country as the president pushed congress to approve a package of security spending.

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Human Rights Watch says deportees killed after return to El Salvador

Human Rights Watch says deportees killed after return to El Salvador

| David Agren | February 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

At least 138 Salvadorans have been murdered after being sent back to their violent Central American country from the United States, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

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Salvadoran archbishop asks pope to make Romero ‘doctor of the church’

Salvadoran archbishop asks pope to make Romero ‘doctor of the church’

| Junno Arocho Esteves and Melissa Vida | October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador asked Pope Francis to proclaim St. Oscar Romero the church’s first Latin American “doctor of the church.”

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In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

| Rhina Guidos | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Marcelo Perdomo didn’t think an earthly brush with holiness would take place in his native El Salvador next to the parish priest.

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On Easter, Salvadorans bury priest assassinated during Holy Week

On Easter, Salvadorans bury priest assassinated during Holy Week

| Rhina Guidos | April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Easter, as thousands of Salvadorans from around the country packed into the rural town of Lolotique, Catholic Church officials laid to rest a 36-year-old priest violently killed during Holy Week — the latest victim of an unending wave of violence that plagues the country.

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Salvadoran priest assassinated during Holy Week

Salvadoran priest assassinated during Holy Week

| March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Authorities said Father Walter Vasquez Jimenez was traveling with parishioners March 29 to officiate a Holy Thursday Mass in San Miguel when their car was stopped by an armed group wearing masks. The other passengers were set free after their belongings were taken, but Father Vasquez was abducted, shot and left to die.

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Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

| Rhina Guidos | January 8, 2018 | 3 Comments

As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholics.

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Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended.

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Chicago youth travel to El Salvador, bring back ideas for dealing with gangs

Chicago youth travel to El Salvador, bring back ideas for dealing with gangs

| George Rodriguez | August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Young Latino Catholics from Chicago’s southwest side, who recently visited El Salvador, want to apply in Brighton Park what they learned about how a community deals with gang violence.

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Salvadoran cardinal-designate dedicates appointment to Blessed Romero

Salvadoran cardinal-designate dedicates appointment to Blessed Romero

Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez dedicated his appointment as El Salvador’s first Catholic cardinal to his longtime friend and mentor, Blessed Oscar Romero, a slain archbishop who has come to symbolize the small Central American country’s fight for justice.

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