Dom Hélder Câmara: A Sign of Contradiction

Issue 1701

10 February 2017

The process of Dom Hélder Câmara’s beatification, who was archbishop of Recife and one of the most famous ecclesial figures of the last century, has recently commenced. This article traces his life, which lasted for most of the century, and details his accompaniment as protagonist of all the historical and ecclesial events which took place in Brazil.

The article avoids dwelling exclusively on the years of the dictatorship, which made him particularly famous abroad. Dom Hélder Câmara was a great pastor, icon of the fight for the defense of human rights, and in particular for the defense of the excluded and the poor, which saw him and his work receive support fromPaul VI and John Paul II.