- Jan 25, 2020
At 51, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar is the youngest prelate of El Salvador, and one notably influenced by his country’s Catholic martyrs.
Two Catholic leaders expressed concern with the federal government’s plan to send Central Americans who want asylum in the U.S. to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador where they would be required to apply for U.S. asylum while in one of those countries.
Around the world, communities of their Jesuit brothers, but also laity involved in social justice circles and even Pope Francis, made sure their names and what they stood for was not forgotten.
This summer, when U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern took a congressional delegation to El Salvador to study the causes of migration, he planned a stop for the group at the place where six Jesuit priests who greatly influenced his work and faith are buried.
The murdered Jesuits in El Salvador, whose legacy is being commemorated around the world Nov. 16, the 30th anniversary of their deaths, were known for their academic prowess. But their legacy is much more important in the life of the Church, in the way communities of faith relate to one another, said a Mercy sister who has studied the life of the Salvadoran martyrs.
On the morning of Nov. 16, 1989, armed men burst into the Jesuit residence at the University of Central America in San Salvador and shot six Jesuit priests to death. The housekeeper and her teenage daughter were also murdered.