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F. Ellacuria Tribute



EllacuriaToday in our situation the authenticity of the people of God goes by way of poverty and justice: they are the touchstone of the truth of the faith that is professed and of the genuineness of life as it is lived out: poverty, which involves incarnating all our efforts and incarnating ourselves in the reality of the oppressed majorities, and that will necessarily entail a voluntary impoverishment and abnegation on the part of those who wield power; justice, which involves giving to the people what belongs to the people and struggling to uproot injustice and exploitation, and to establish a new earth, wherein the life of the new human may be possible. ~ Ignacio Ellacuría

Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. was born November 9, 1930 to a well-known ophthalmologist. He was a native of Spain, rector of the José Simeón Cañas Central America University for over 10 years, theologian and philosopher, and a gifted intellectual with a fierce commitment to human rights. Outspokenly critical of El Salvador's extreme right and of the military which was using repression to crush its political enemies. Became a strong advocate of a negotiated solution to the war, which won him the enmity of the military and rightist political sectors that supported a strategy of total war. For the last 20 years of his life, was also involved in pastoral work with the poor.

On November 16, 1989, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. was among the eight who were executed in El Salvador because they stood up for their rights in opposition to the changes forced by the El Salvadorian government.

The Office of AHANA Student Programs' satellite office on the Newton Campus has been named the F. Ellacuría AHANA Resource Center in his honor.

The information provided herein is available from the New Window Will Open Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico.

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