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Oscar Romero Books – Introductory Reading Guide

This week marked the anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero (24 March 1980). In remembrance of his life, we have picked a few of the best Oscar Romero Books as a sort of introductory reading guide to his life and work.

7.  Oscar Romero and the Communion of the Saints: A Biography

by Scott Wright

More than thirty years since his assassination in March, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero continues to serve as one of the great Christian witnesses of our time. This illustrated biography tells his story, beginning with his humble origins and his early life as a relatively conservative priest and bishop. Only in the last three years of his life, with his consecration as archbishop of San Salvador, did he undergo an astonishing transformation–some have called it a conversion. Embracing the church’s “option for the poor,” Romero became a courageous voice for the voiceless, embarking on a path he knew would lead to his death. This biography reveals both his humanity as well his extraordinary faith and courage. It offers a stunning portrait of the gospel challenge for our time.



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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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