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A Jesuit priest who defended and promoted the rights of the poor

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Colin, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Colin

    Colin Senior Veteran

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    UK - SNP
    St Albert Hurtado SJ

    Celebrated on August 18th


    Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901-1952) was a Jesuit Priest who gave himself to the poor and marginalised people of Chile. His life-long dedication to social justice and community work was firmly rooted in his love of Jesus Christ.

    Hurtado was an ordained Jesuit priest, a qualified lawyer and an energetic social worker, enabling him to defend and promote the rights of the poor in church, in court and in every public sphere. His work still goes on in the organisations he founded - including the Trade Union Association of Chile and Hogar de Cristo, Chile's largest social welfare charity.

    He was a prolific writer and intellectual who published three volumes on the labour movement. In 1951, he founded the periodical Mensaje, meaning 'Message', which is still being published today. He died of cancer in Santiago in 1952. He was 51 years old. He is still considered a Chilean national hero. He was beatified on 16 October 1994 by St Pope John Paul II and canonised on 23 October 2005 by Pope Benedict.

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