- Dec 7, 2019
Born in 1942 to a farming family in Sociedad, Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez was ordained a priest of the Diocese of San Miguel in 1970. Under Blessed Oscar Romero, he headed the Archdiocese of San Salvador’s communications office. He will be El Salvador’s first cardinal.
The nonprofit Washington Office on Latin America, or WOLA, has launched the Central America Monitor, a way of tracking U.S. assistance and its impact on the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of Latin America — Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador — that receive the bulk of the aid.
Despite the stereotypical American conceit that the world revolves around us, Pope Francis almost certainly wasn’t thinking of Donald Trump when he named five new cardinals on Sunday, just ahead of his meeting today with the U.S. President. Still, the timing is arresting: Just ahead of receiving the de facto leader of the center, the pontiff made a powerful statement about the peripheries.
A parishioner of an upscale church in Georgetown has found a new home in El Salvador where she finds that the Stations of the Cross are a often a reality rather than a symbolic act on Easter. “Every week is Holy Week here,” because of the suffering, says Margie Legowski.
Pope Francis said, “that it would be very good if the places associated with Romero — his relics, the place where he was killed and where he was born — would become places of pilgrimage,” when speaking about Blessed Oscar Romero whose cause for canonization is being examined.
The assassination of Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande in 1977 is believed to have inspired Blessed Oscar Romero in his concern for the poor. Today Grande is inspiring another Salvadoran archbishop, Jose Luis Escobar Alas, who issued a pastoral letter March recognizing his country’s many martyrs.