These letters are written by a bishop to his people and, as their title suggests, their nature is primarily pastoral. They are, however, works of great theological importance and situate Archbishop Romero amongst the great teaching bishops of the Church.
The first four letters below come from his time as Archbishop of San Salvador - these are his best known pastoral letters and they are published in English under the title Voice of the Voiceless by Orbis Books.
The fifth letter has only recently come to light. It is from an earlier period of his ministry when he was Bishop of Santiago de Maria - readers will note the difference in style and content - we include this letter below for the sake of completeness.