Notre Dame, Indiana

Liberation Theology founder turns 90

Pope Francis has sent greetings to “the father of Liberation Theology”, Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez, on his 90th birthday. “Thank you for your efforts and for your way of challenging everyone’s conscience, so that no one remains indifferent to the tragedy of poverty and exclusion,” the Pope wrote.

Born in Peru in 1928, Fr Gutiérrez, who is now professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, spent his life championing the needs of Latin America’s poorest. Francis thanked him for his contributions “to the Church and humanity through your theological service and your preferential love for the poor and discarded of society”.

Managua

Nicaragua mourns cardinal

Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, retired Archbishop of Managua, who was honoured by his native Nicaragua as a “father of peace and reconciliation”, has died aged 92. His funeral was held last Wednesday.

Pope Francis praised the late cardinal for being a “devoted pastor” who served the Church with “generous faith”. Cardinal Obando defended human rights during both the right-wing dictatorship of the Somoza family and the left-wing Sandinista regime, which seized power in 1979. Controversially, he had a rapprochement with President Daniel Ortega, officiating at his wedding and defending the president against claims of authoritarianism.

Lima

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