Archbishop José H. Gomez is celebrating a particular Mass in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday honoring Óscar Arnulfo Romero — the beloved Salvadoran archbishop who would have turned one hundred Monday.

Romero died a martyr whereas celebrating Mass in 1980, assassinated at sixty two by a dying squad throughout his nation’s brutal civil conflict. Born Aug. 15, 1917, Romero lengthy confronted resistance from conservative forces in Central America and on the Vatican, as some argued that his leftist politics guided his battle for the poor. However in February 2015, Pope Francis declared Romero a martyr, and a month later, he was beatified, a key step towards turning into a Catholic saint.

Sunday’s Mass, which might be in Spanish, started at 12:30 p.m. on the Cathedral of Our Woman of the Angels.

After Mass, the general public can view three artifacts tied to Romero — the microphone he typically used to ship messages to parishioners at San Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral, a blood-stained material recovered from the day he was killed and a photograph of him, which he autographed for a lady who labored with him through the years.

Los Angeles resident Maria Hilda González, who was born in El Salvador and now works as an anchor on El Sembrador, a Catholic TV station, helped organize to have the relics out there for Sunday’s Mass.

She described viewing the microphone that Romero used as a strong expertise.

“It’s a present from God,” she stated in Spanish, including that viewing the artifacts reminded her of the duty of her religion. “We should stay in peace, be united and defend our religion.”

To González, the beloved archbishop from her homeland represents the true church.

“He was a pastor who defended the poor,” she stated. “He defended probably the most humble.”

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