Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 27, 2013 / 13:35 pm
Archbishop José H. Gomez blessed a plaza dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero at a Los Angeles Park Nov. 23, praising the peaceful vision of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop.
"This gathering today is such a beautiful witness to his memory. My friends, this is what Archbishop Romero lived for," Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 23 at MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles.
"To see the rich and poor, the powerful and the humble – to see people of many races and nations – all standing together as one human family. As brothers and sisters, children of God. Living in freedom, justice and in peace."
Archbishop Romero became head of the Archdiocese of San Salvador in 1977 and was a vocal critic of the human rights abuses of the repressive Salvadoran government. He was shot and killed in 1980 while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel.