Gene Palumbo is a freelance journalist based in San Salvador. He also teaches at the Casa de la Solidaridad, a semester-long study-abroad program for U.S. university students.

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Archbishop Óscar Romero: setting the record straight

Conventional wisdom has it that Archbishop Romero was dramatically transformed into a defender of the oppressed when his friend Fr. Rutilio Grande was killed. Conventional wisdom is gravely mistaken.

'The people in the parish have been waiting and waiting for this'

Archbishop Oscar Romero, now acknowledged by the church as a martyr, has always been so for those who knew him. 

New San Salvador archbishop says no to mining

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR -- When the Vatican announced last December that José Luis Escobar Alas would be the new archbishop of San Salvador, perhaps the most frequently asked question here was, "What will he say on the mining issue?"

A Canadian company, Pacific Rim, has been pushing to get government permission to begin gold and silver mining. The Catholic church has opposed the plan, urging the government not to grant permission, and one of the leaders of the church opposition has been Fernando Sáenz Lacalle, the outgoing archbishop.