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"I Wish It Could Be Shown in Every Church in the Nation": John Dear, S.J., Hails Romero Documentary

April 17, 2012

In a recent review for National Catholic Reporter, John Dear, Jesuit priest, peace activist, and author, praised Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero, for its portrayal of "the brave, prophetic Romero, meek and humble but towering in moral strength and truth-telling. It's as if Gandhi were an archbishop." Dear hails the documentary as "perfect for the classroom, church groups, peace and justice meetings; for anyone discouraged by recent church developments and ongoing global wars; and anyone who wonders what prophetic peacemaking might look like." Read the full review here.

Monseñor tells the story of the growing repression of the poor in El Salvador in the late 1970s. It is interwoven with the story of Archbishop Óscar Romero, or Monseñor, as he was commonly known, and recounts the short time between his installation as archbishop of San Salvador in 1977 and his assassination on March 24, 1980. The documentary is produced by the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame and First Run Features and is available from Ave Maria Press. Ave Maria Press has also produced a free, downloadable study guide (click here) to be used with the documentary in classroom or parish settings.

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