Never before published photographs of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a few weeks before he was murdered in El Salvador in 1980:

UPDATE: Pope Francis has lifted the ban on the beatification of Romero.

I took these at a small press conference in the capital before talking with him one on one. It was clear to most of us there at the time that Romero would be killed. It was clear to him. For more about Romero — as close to a saint as any person I ever met — read my column from March 2010:

        It is 30 years ago this week that a sniper killed Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero with a single bullet that exploded through his heart as he said mass. … http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/03/23/when-death-came-for-the-archbishop.html

For more of my photographs from Central America in those days, visit AmericanByways.blogspot.com

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