SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Thousands of Catholics gathered in the
Salvadoran capital to honor an archbishop slain 20 years ago after delivering a sermon
criticizing military abuses at the beginning of the country's civil war.
Memorials Friday commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Archbishop
Oscar Arnulfo Romero began with a Mass in the small chapel of a cancer hospital west
of San Salvador, where on March 24, 1980, Romero was shot in the heart by a sniper.
A day before his death, Romero had delivered a sermon asking the military
to halt its
Mourners carrying banners and singing religious hymns marched to the metropolitan
cathedral, where Romero's remains are buried in a special crypt.
In 1993, a truth commission said there was evidence Romero's killing was
former army major and rightist politician Roberto D'Abuisson, who died of cancer in
1992 and was never formally charged.
The government and leftist guerrillas signed a peace agreement in 1992
to end the
12-year civil war, which left 76,000 people dead.
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