Archbishop Romero

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Jon Sobrino, a Jesuit theologian from San Salvador, worked closely with Archbishop Romero and has spent much of the past thirty-five years since his assassination reflecting on the meaning of his extraordinary life and witness. In a moving personal memoir, Sobrino describes how Romero (by reputation a timid, conservative prelate) emerged as the outspoken champion of the poor and suffering people of El Salvador. He then places Romero in the context of the wider church: as believer, as archbishop, as Salvadoran, as prophet, as martyr, as inspiration for theology. Exploring each of these identities in turn, Sobrino sums up his reflections with the conclusion: “Archbishop Romero was a gospel . . . a piece of good news from God to the poor of the world.”

 Jon Sobrino, S.J. teaches theology at the Universidad Centroamericana José Siméon Cañas in San Salvador (the UCA). His many books include Jesus the Liberator, Christ the Liberator, The Principle of Mercy, Spirituality of Liberation, and Witnesses to the Kingdom.

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Archbishop Romero
Memories and Reflections
Revised Edition
Jon Sobrino
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The book invites the reader not only to consider the powerful witness of Romero's faith and commitment but also to consider personally what his life says today to the Church in other parts of the world such as Africa.
While there are available many good books and other resources on Romero’s life in the church and with the poor, none will have the combination of so personal a connection as well as so thoughtful and refined a theological analysis as this volume.
This book is highly recommended for all readers. Sobrino’s clear style makes it accessible to anyone from young adult to senior citizen. Thirty-six years is not a long time in the life of the church. Archbishop Romero’s life, ministry, and death are as moving and as relevant today as they were in 1980. Perhaps they are even more needed by a world that appears so broken.
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