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Dom Helder Camara of Recife (1909-1999)

Born February 7th, 1909, in Fortazela, Brazil, Dom Helder Camara became a bishop of the Catholic church and one of the 20th century’s great apostles of nonviolence. After joining a conservative political movement as a young priest, Camara experienced a conversion while ministering among the poor in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. “When I fed the poor they called me saint,” Camara said. “When I asked why they were poor, they called me a Communist.” Labeled “the red bishop,” Camara worked tirelessly for democracy and human rights in Brazil, even as he watched friends and fellow priests imprisoned, tortured, and killed. When a hired assassin knocked on the elderly Camara’s door, he was so moved by the sight of the bishop that he blurted out, “I can’t kill you. You are one of the Lord’s.” - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Earlier Event: February 4
Cultural Film Night: 13th
Later Event: February 9
CITIZENFIVE and Brother Theodore