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The United Nations Honours
Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador


The Irish Missionary Union and the Romero Centre in Dublin welcomes March 24th being declared a UN International Day in honour of Archbishop Romero whose commitment to justice and truth led to his death on the 24th of March 1980.

March 24th 2011 celebrates for the first time the United Nations

"International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity for Victims"

Reflecting on the significance of this event Sr. Paula Coleman of the Romero Centre said "The truth of yesterday’s victims makes us to scream "Never Again". Today’s victims deserve the truth as well".

Sr. Maureen O’Malley, President of the Irish Missionary Union said "The truth that Archbishop Oscar Romero would repeat today is to invest in people, their health, their education, their safety and all aspects that lead to true human development".

The life and ministry of Archbishop Romero is still prophetic today. Our world and Our Church still needs to stands in solidarity with the poorest of our world.

The IMU and the Romero Centre stand in friendship with the people of El Salvador on this UN International Day, honouring Oscar Romero, their great witness to the truths spoken by Jesus of Nazareth and a witness among the nations of the right to truth for victims and poor people.

Irish Missionary Union (IMU): The Irish Missionary Union is an umbrella organisation representing approximately 87 Irish missionary sending organizations, both religious and lay. The Romero Centre: Promotes Development Education, Arts, Crafts and Awareness about El Salvador. St. Clare's Convent, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W