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Sunday, 24 March, 2002, 10:03 GMT
Salvadorans honour murdered archbishop

Hundreds of Salvadorans marched through the streets of the capital of the central American country, San Salvador on Saturday to mark the murder 22 years ago of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.

Carrying portraits of the archbishop and shouting religious slogans, the demonstrators headed for the cathedral where he's buried to hold an all-night vigil.

The anniversary of the archbishop's death is being marked a day early because the United States president, George Bush, is due to arrive in the city later in the day to discuss a Free Trade treaty with Central America.

Mr Romero was killed by a single gun shot as he celebrated mass in a hospital for cancer patients in the west of the city.

His murderer was never caught.

The Vatican is studying making him a saint.

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