- Jul 8, 2020
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.
The Philippines may be a dangerous place for priests, but even so many bishops there hesitate for theological reasons to let their priests carry guns.
Nigerian bishops spoke of “ethnic cleansing,” denounced that people live in “palpable fear,” that Christians are being “massacred,” that human life is worth less than cattle and warned about the possibility of Nigeria falling into “anarchy” if the government fails to bring peace.