Friday, November 04, 2005

An Evening about El Salvador

Archbishop Oscar Romero


"An Evening about El Salvador" will be held on November 11, 2005, at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 216 W. First St. in San Juan.

Several occurrences in El Salvador in 1980 will be remembered in a 'mini-movie’ festival. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero and the four American church women, Sisters Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clark, and lay missionary, Jean Donovan. The movie "Romero" will be shown and films about the Churchwomen, and the six Jesuits who were assassinated in 1989.

While the political situation has improved, El Salvador, which is just slightly larger than the Rio Grande Valley, has a population of more than 6 million people. Like many of the countries in Central America, El Salvador has experienced earthquakes, hurricanes, and torrential rains which produce mudslides which are capable of destroying whole villages.

The event is sponsored by the Council of United Neighbors (CUNI) a non-profit organization based in McAllen. CUNI has a project in San Salvador which assists Hospital Divina Providencia to provide palliative care for its cancer patients. If you would like to learn more about this small country and its struggle for peace, we invite you to this film event. CUNI accepts donations to assist in its projects. For more information, call Sister Marian Strohmeyer at 686-6047 or Leona Diener at 664-0112.

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