• Did the KGB ‘create’ Latin America’s liberation theology?

    • May 5, 2015

    Ion Mihai Pacepa is a former three-star general in Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, bringing a trove of insider detail about KGB operations and intelligence strategies in the former Soviet empire. He’s considered among the highest ranking defectors of all time from the

  • A Maryknoll priest recounts Oscar Romero’s path to sainthood

    • Mar 24, 2015

    TROY, N.Y. — How many people can say they lived and worked among a saint? Literally. The Rev. John Spain, a Troy native and Maryknoll priest in El Salvador, may soon be one who can. With Tuesday’s anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero on March 24, 1980,

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  • New York City’s unlikely voice for religion: a secular mayor

    • Mar 20, 2015

    NEW YORK — Growing up, Mayor Bill de Blasio was the only child on his block who did not attend Mass on Sundays. “Everyone else was at church, and I wasn’t,” he recalled in an interview last week. “Some of the kids envied me.” His mother, a lapsed Catholic, had

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  • Archbishop Oscar Romero to be beatified May 23

    • Mar 11, 2015

    ROME — Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, a hero to the progressive liberation theology movement in Catholicism who was assassinated in 1980 while saying Mass, will be beatified on May 23. The act brings Romero to the final step before sainthood, and comes after a decades-long debate in the

  • My doubts about Oscar Romero

    • Feb 4, 2015

    I first encountered Archbishop Romero when I was an Anglican priest living in England. In 1998, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey commissioned a series of sculptures to occupy 10 empty niches on the west front of the abbey to commemorate 20th-century martyrs. Their choice of martyrs was deliberately

  • Pope declares Oscar Romero, hero to liberation theology, a martyr

    • Feb 3, 2015

    ROME — Marking an end to one of the most divisive debates in Catholicism in the past 35 years, Pope Francis has officially declared the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a martyr, clearing the way for eventually proclaiming him a saint. A hero to the progressive liberation theology movement in