The Red Bishop

I saw the famed Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, the archbishop of Brazil’s impoverished northeast, only once. It was in 1994 and I was a student at the University of Paraíba in Campina Grande. The eighty-five-year-old archbishop of Olinda and Recife came to speak in our town, and I had to squeeze into a grandstand seat in a crowded gymnasium.

I was taken aback when I first saw him. This was the famous prophet and government critic? He looked so...

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About the Author

Flávio Rocha is the author of Dom Hélder Câmara: Meditations for the Integrity of Creation. With his wife and daughter, he serves as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Brazil.