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Episode 1

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 17 March 2010

Thirty years ago, El Salvador's Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot dead while celebrating mass.

He knew he was in danger - not long before his death, he said that if he was killed - he would rise again in his people.

Today, his face is everywhere in the country - on murals, T-shirts and key rings.

Many compare him to Martin Luther King, Gandhi or even Che Guevara.

But how was it that this man of the church became such an outspoken advocate of the poor and oppressed? And why did he become such a threat to the rich oligarchy that someone wanted him dead?

Join Julian Miglierini as he speaks to those who remember Romero, and travels to a village in El Salvador's poor north, where he is revered as a saint.

Illustration above: Archbishop Romero's face is everywhere in El Salvador. The writing on the right reads, "I will rise again in the people."

  • HEART AND SOUL PHOTO GALLERY

    HEART AND SOUL PHOTO GALLERY

    In pictures: The legacy of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, advocate of the poor, in El Salvador. Photos by Kristine Pommert.

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