Retired Archbishop Carrasco, champion of the poor, dies in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Retired Catholic Archbishop Bartolome
Carrasco, one of Mexico's most dedicated champions of the poor and of
Indian rights, died on Thursday aged 80, church officials said on Friday.
Carrasco, who was archbishop of the impoverished southeastern state of
Oaxaca, died of liver complications related to a long-standing battle with
One of Mexico's chief proponents of so-called "Liberation Theology" that
saw its hey-dey among left-leaning sectors of the Latin American church in
the 1980s, Carrasco was archbishop of mainly indigenous Oaxaca for 17
He was one of the last pillars in Mexico, along with Bishop Samuel Ruiz
Chiapas and Bishop Arturo Lona Reyes in Oaxaca, of a theology that
promoted equality and social well-being for the country's 10 million
A church statement said his last words were ones of blessing for the people
Ordained as a priest in 1945, Carrasco ended his work as archbishop in
1993 at the age of 75.
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