Vatican City, Jun 7, 2018 / 09:30 am
Pope Francis has sent a birthday greeting to Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, widely considered the father of liberation theology, thanking him for his service to the Church and his dedication to the poor.
In a letter dated May 28, Pope Francis assured the Dominican priest of his prayers as he reaches the landmark age of 90, and said he thanked God "for what you have contributed to the Church and to humanity through your theological service and from your preferential love for the poor and discarded in society."
"Thank you for your efforts and for your way of challenging the conscience of each person, so that no one can be indifferent faced with the drama of poverty and exclusion."
Francis closed the letter encouraging Gutierrez to "continue with your prayer and your service to others, giving witness to the joy of the Gospel."