Archbishop Romero ‘discovered’ Jesus in the poor, says Archbishop Gomez

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March 25, 2015

People hold candles during march held to mark 35th anniversary of San Salvador Archbishop Romero's assassination

People hold candles March 21 during a march ahead of the 35th anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s assassination in San Salvador. He was killed while celebrating Mass March 24, 1980. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — More than 3,000 people filled the pews of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles March 22 for a Spanish Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

“My brothers and sisters, today we are celebrating Archbishop Romero’s memory. And we are giving thanks to God that Pope Francis has declared that he was a martyr and has scheduled his beatification for this coming May,” said Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles.

Salvadoran priests, including one who worked closely with Archbishop Romero, concelebrated the Mass attended by California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. and several diplomatic leaders.

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