An American Tragedy in the Guatemalan Civil War

In an angry dark night as the Civil War raged throughout Guatemala, a North American priest from Oklahoma City was gunned down in the impoverished village where he ministered.  Father Stanley Rother served in Santiago Atitlan from 1968 until 1981. He left temporarily because of the death threats that he received for his opposition to the presence of the Guatemalan military in the area, but he soon returned to the people whom he loved. The shooting was classified as a “burglary” and the assassins were never found.  The bloody Guatemalan Civil War was fought from 1960 to 1996, pitting the national military against leftists groups representing the First Nation Mayan people.  (Image from Maryknoll Magazine)

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