OSV author Sean Salai, S.J., who wrote “All the Pope’s Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis,” was quoted in a recent U.S. News and World Report article about Pope Francis’ trip to Colombia.
The Holy Father visited Cartagena, where he paid tribuite to St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest who ministered to slaves in Colombia and is revered throughout Latin America.
The article noted, in part:
Francis, who has made defense of the poor and downtrodden a major plank of his papacy, was greatly influenced by Claver’s story from the days when he was a young Jesuit seminarian in his native Buenos Aires.
“There are a lot of similarities that resonate with Pope Francis and this young, Latino Jesuit who has this transformative encounter with the poor,” said Father Sean Salai, a Jesuit priest and author of a book about the saints who influenced Francis.
Through their encounter with the poor, both men moved “into more of a direct relationship with God’s people,” Salai said in a phone interview from his base in San Antonio, Texas.
“In a letter he called himself the ‘slave of the slaves forever,’ and this encounter with the poor transformed him, much like Pope Francis, who gave up on the idea of doing a doctorate in theology to be closer to the people,” Salai said.
Read the entire article here.
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