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Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero is best known as a martyr of the Salvadorian people. He was a person who truly embodied what he preached. During his lifetime, he spoke out for the voiceless, made an effort to change the Salvadorian society during the war and carried out God’s message without thinking twice. Oscar Arnulfo Romero was born on August 15, 1917 in Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, in the eastern part of El Salvador (Brockman 30). His father was Santos Romero, a telegraph operator and his mother was Guadalupe de Jesus (Brockman 30). He grew up in El Salvador, a country in Central America and lived a very humble lifestyle, in which electricity and other commodities weren’t missed. He grew up with seven brothers and sisters and shared one bed with most of them. He began his studies at a young age in the town school and yearned to enter the seminary but his father was against him studying beyond that. The visit of a newly ordained priest from Ciudad Barrios was what made Santos Romero have a change of heart and allow his son to join the small seminary in San Miguel and later Oscar Romero managed to join a bigger seminary in San Salvador. He was ordained as a priest in 1942 in Rome and later managed to become Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. During the time that Romero was serving as Archbishop, El Salvador wasn’t a safe place to reside in. The country was undergoing a war which took the lives of thousands of people including priests and nuns. Although his life was cut short when he was assassinated On March 24, 1980 when he was shot while giving a mass in the chapel of the Divina Providencia hospital, he managed to make an enormous difference in the lives of many Salvadorian people. Oscar Arnulfo Romero was motivated by the need for affiliation in specific by the need of nurturance and also the need for similance. He was motivated by the need for affiliation in that his main concern was to help the people, to do anything in his power to have a connection...