El Salvador honors Jesuit priests slain during civil war
(Photo: A painting commemorating six slain Jesuit priests,16 Nov 2009/Luis Galdamez)
El Salvador has honored six Jesuit priests killed by the army 20 years ago in one of the most notorious atrocities of the country’s long and vicious civil war.Leftist President Mauricio Funes, the first leader from a party of former Cold War rebels that fought in the conflict, granted the priests El Salvador’s highest honor posthumously in a ceremony on Monday.U.S.-backed soldiers shot the priests at their home at a local university on the night of Nov. 16, 1989, to silence their strong criticism of rights abuses committed by the army during the 12-year civil war that ended in 1992. Five of the priests were Spanish and one was Salvadorean.Read the whole story here. More on this at … Vatican Radio … BBC (photo essay) … Catholic News Service … Los Angeles Times … National Jesuit News.