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Witness:
Fr. Gonzalo Bernabe Ituarte Verduzco, OP

Fr. Gonzalo Bernabe Ituarte Verduzco, OP

Fr. Gonzalo is a Dominican friar and priest, a former Provincial of his order who led the Dominican Mission to Ocosingo (Chiapas, Mexico). He served for many years as Vicar for Peace and Justice of the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, working with the renowned late Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia. Fr. Ituarte is a member of the International Interreligious Peace Council. The San Cristobal diocese’s human rights centre became a long-time partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. In this WITNESS Interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, Fr. Gonzalo speaks powerfully about the legacy of Don Samuel Ruiz, including his peace mediation between the Mexican government and the EZLN (Zapatista movement) and his work to inculturate the Church’s teachings in relation to its encounter with the Maya people of Chiapas..

This interview took place at the Salt + Light TV broadcast center in Toronto on June 2, 2017.