“Let no one be offended because we use the divine words read at our mass to shed light on the social, political and economic situation of our people.”

These are the opening lines of the last sermon given by Archbishop Oscar Romero before his assassination 30 years ago today. This past weekend over 10,000 Catholics participated in a commemorative procession in San Salvador.

Photo: Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images
(photo: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)

In this two-part BBC documentary, Central American correspondent Julian Miglierini reports on the complex legacy of Romero that today “inspires an unlikely range of people from devout grandmothers to secular hip-hop artists.”

Villagers at Romero mural
(photo: Kristine Pommert)

This image of villagers standing under a mural of Romero is one of a handful captured by Miglierini’s producer during their reporting. The man and woman standing third and fourth from the right, now adults, are the children in the mural, adapted from an iconic photograph taken when the Archbishop visited Los Sitios Arriba.

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I'm surprised that you didn't reference the recent ruling in Texas about the education board's decision NOT to include any references to Romero in textbooks because of his obscurity, I believe? So ridiculous given his widespread influence...