Georgetown University awards an honorary degree to Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador
Pictured from left to right: Robert Mitchell, S.J., member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University; Archbishop Oscar A. Romero; and Timothy S. Healy, S.J., President of Georgetown. In mid-December 1977, the Georgetown University Board of Directors unanimously approved an honorary doctorate for Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador and human rights and social justice advocate, as a symbol of North American solidarity with the Salvadoran people. The degree was conferred on February 14, 1978, in the Cathedral of San Salvador. An audience of five thousand packed the Cathedral, while another five thousand listened to the ceremony over loud speakers outside. In his remarks, Archbishop Romero said: "This generous gesture of Georgetown University in awarding me its highest academic honor has four dimensions that are deeply significant to me, to the Church over which I preside and to its people. First, it is a solid blow struck on behalf of human rights. Second, it is a recognition of all those who labor to preserve and extend human rights. Third, it is an act of solidarity and respect for all those, particularly in El Salvador, who have seen their liberty and dignity trampled upon. Fourth, it is a call to all men and to all nations to heed the Church's plea for human dignity and freedom."Repository: Booth Family Center for Special Collections. For more information about this collection please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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