Callao, Peru, Aug 20, 2018 / 15:25 pm
The bishop emeritus of Callao, Peru died Sunday at the Deusto Passionist community in Bilbao, Spain, where he had resided since 2015. He was 84 years old.
Bishop Emeritus Miguel Irizar Campos "was characterized by a missionary personality," said a communique from the coastal Peruvian Diocese of Callao, responding to the prelate's death.
"Callao will remember Bishop Miguel Irizar as a pastor close to his people and faithful to the mission, with his episcopal motto 'Sent to give the Good News.'"
The Diocese of Bilbao, where Irizar lived out his last years, described the bishop as a man who was able to fit in anywhere. During more than 50 years of service in Peru, including 17 years ministering to the indigenous population in the jungle, he proved himself to be a "people's pastor," the diocese said.