Óscar Romero: the Witness of Relics

Since 2007, Dr Jan Graffius has been working in El Salvador conserving and displaying the powerful and poignant relics of Archbishop Óscar Romero, and of the Jesuits and their associates who were murdered in 1989. Her work, at times harrowing, has thrown up some extraordinary insights into the life and death of Romero, and many others who lost their lives to the death squads in that brutal civil war. Curatorial and conservation techniques have given these extraordinary artefacts a voice, and have revealed some hitherto unknown evidence of the last seconds of St Óscar Romero’s life.