Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the former superior general of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Sources has released a long awaited English translation of his biography. Written by Pedro Miguel Lamet, Pedro Arrupe: Witness of the Twentieth Century, Prophet of the Twenty-First is based on extensive research Lamet conducted in Rome, Japan, and the Basque Country, as well as on interviews he did with Fr. Arrupe. Born in the industrial city of Bilbao, Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) studied medicine in Madrid, but left medical school to join the Society of Jesus. During World War II he worked as a missionary in Japan, where he was accused of being a spy and imprisoned. He witnessed the explosion of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and he used his medical knowledge to attend to the victims. As Superior General, he became an agent of change in the Catholic Church of the 20th century. Many regard him as a prophet of the 21st century based on his vision regarding issues such as justice, globalization, the marginalization of women, and the plight of refugees, among other topics. This biography is a publication of IJS Studies–Research on Jesuits and the Society of Jesus, an imprint of Jesuit Sources, which is housed in the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

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