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Tapestries of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador (left) and Pope Paul VI  hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century - murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ro(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

 José Muñoz: “Living the rest of my life in El Salvador is not an option. We all know the situation isn’t going to change there, we want a better life.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When José Muñoz was seven years old he became separated from his grandmother while they were out shopping one afternoon. He still remembers the overwh(...)

Demonstrators at a march against abortion in San Salvador, El Salvador, on April 7th. Women’s rights groups in El Salvador are urging lawmakers to allow abortions when a woman’s life is at risk and for minors who are raped. Photograph: Fred Ramos/The New York Times

When Teodora del Carmen Vásquez walked out of the Ilopango women’s prison a few weeks ago, she embraced her parents, her teenage son – and a movement (...)

Photo taken on January 1st, 1979, of Salvadoran archbishop Óscar Romero in El Salvador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Salvadoran archbishop Óscar Romero, a champion of the poor who became a human rights icon in Latin America when he was killed by a right-wing death sq(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: spoke out vehemently against poverty, social wrongs, torture and murder. Photograph: AP

Archbishop Óscar Romero was born 100 years ago this day, on August 15th 1917. He was murdered by El Salvador’s state forces on March 24th, 1980. Wide(...)

Cudillero fishing village in Asturias.

“Asturias? Where the f**k is Asturias, ” asked Michael O’Leary when someone approached him in Dublin airport a couple of years back to ask if Ryanair (...)

File image of Bishop John Kirby, Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Dermod McCarthy. File photograph: Collins Photos

The late Bishop Eamonn Casey believed “he had done the church a great disservice”, Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby recalled on Tuesday. “He used those(...)

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

– Phil Lynott, lead singer with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (below), died on January 4th. He was 35 years old.–Jennifer Guinness, wife of Guinness Maho(...)

Houses in Pola de Allande

M y son Patrick and I are walking the Camino Primitivo – it’s the Camino, but not as you know it. It is early morning in May and we are in northern S(...)

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