A chapel in honor of the blessed Salvadoran Óscar Arnulfo Romero, assassinated in El Salvador in 1980, was inaugurated today inside the cathedral of Los Angeles, California, on the eve of his canonization in the Vatican.
"We opened today, on the eve of the canonization, the chapel of San Oscar Romero, because it is a way of being in solidarity with the Salvadorans in the United States," Arturo Corral, priest of the Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Ángeles church, told Efe. known as "La Placita".
This Sunday, in the Vatican, will be held the canonization of the archbishop of San Salvador Óscar Arnulfo Romero, which will culminate with an audience with Pope Francisco.
The Chapel of San Oscar Romero is one of three privileged sites within the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles, in the angelina city, along with the prayer spaces in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
"Within a few hours, Monsignor Romero will be raised to the altars and that means that it is a mandate that the Salvadoran saint be among all the saints of the Catholic Church," Corral said.
The priest from La Paz recalled that "he was killed for his preferential option for the poor" in his functions as archbishop and for denouncing in his homilies the constant violations of human rights.
"It was the method of terror of the Salvadoran right against the political opposition," Corral said.
The San Óscar Romero chapel contains 12 giant photographs, a painting of the religious and a stole that belonged to the "pastor of the Salvadoran people".
"On the same day of the canonization, we will include the original manuscript of Monsignor Romero's last homily, a relic, in which he exclaimed: 'Cease repression!'," Said Doris Benavides, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. .
Isabel Cárdenas, 82, is a Salvadoran devoted to Romero. In his opinion, "having a chapel of San Oscar Romero is a privilege for El Salvador because of the number of Salvadorans residing in Los Angeles."
According to unofficial figures, in the US About three million Salvadorans live, of which more than one million reside in the Californian city.
"From the day he was killed, I started praying to him, because I knew he was a saint, that his life was taken away because of his inclination towards the poor," Cárdenas said.
Romero was born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador, on August 15, 1917 and was killed by a bullet in the chest on March 24, 1980, while officiating at the hospital for cancer patients La Divina Providencia, in the Salvadoran capital.
According to the Report of the United Nations Truth Commission (1993), the sniper who killed him was ordered by Major Roberto D'Abuisson Arrieta, a founding member of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) party.