Thirty-five years after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and on the eve of his beatification, El Salvador appears to be a different country.
Vandals have damaged a prominent statue of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, recently declared a martyr.
The right hand, which had been holding a cross, was cut off the nearly 10-foot monument, located near Plaza El Divino Salvador del Mundo.
Romero "is very much loved by a vast majority of Salvadorans, but he is also one of the most hated by a small minority," Marisa Martinez of the Archbishop Romero Foundation told Catholic News Service.
A judge in Miami ruled that former Salvadoran Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia "assisted or otherwise participated in" torture and assassinations, including the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.