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In January 2022, the biography of Father Pedro Arrupe SJ was published in Polish by the Jesuit WAM Publishing House. The author of the publication is Fr. Wojciech Żmudziński SJ, Socius of the Provincial of the Greater Poland and Mazovia Province. The author portrays in the book a free man, a spokesman for the poor, a supporter of dialogue with every person of good will, a soldier fighting under the banner of the Cross, a prophet of post-conciliar changes in the Church.

While the beatification process of the Servant of God Pedro Arrupe is underway, the author hopes that the book will help Polish readers better understand this charismatic Jesuit and raise a greater sympathy towards him. These are the leaders the Church needed in the 1970s and needs today.

Pedro Arrupe (1907–1991) is a personage with an extremely rich biography - we read in the editorial note. Indeed, the author of the book showed his life very colorfully. Without pretending to be a historian, he focused on those events that most formed the 28th General of Jesuits. In addition, he tells about Father Arrupe’s trip to the Soviet Union, about his visit to Poland, and the difficult relationship with the Primate of Poland, Card. Stefan Wyszynski.

However, the most fascinating threads relate to the missionary work of Father Arrupe in Japan, including his tragic experiences and ministry to the victims of the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima. The author tries to show what inculturation means in Father Arrupe's life, how he dealt with the crisis in the Church, how he understood dialogue, and how difficult it was for him to convince some Jesuits to introduce radical changes in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

The book, which is the first biography of Father Pedro Arrupe in Polish, shows the fate of this extraordinary Jesuit who was always ready to go where he was needed the most.

Father Arrupe's wisdom was not primarily based on his excellent knowledge or a good familiarity of numerous cultures and languages, but on the courage to be with and for others - the publisher of the book explains.

Polish Jesuits recommend this book to all who support the post-conciliar changes in the Church and want to understand better the man who had a significant influence both on Pope Francis and on the social commitment of the Church in the times in which we live.

Jesuits PMA

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