is the name of a Jesuit well known in Latin America, but perhaps not so much in
the rest of the world. Yet he is a witness - a martyr - to the faith embodied
in the commitment to justice. Fr. Rutilio, a Jesuit from El Salvador, had
developed a great friendship with Monsignor Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San
Salvador, who was also assassinated for his commitment to the poor and to
peace. In fact, it was largely thanks to this friendship that Monsignor Romero
was able to better see the essential social dimensions of the faith in a
context of abuse of power and violence.
internship in the Communications Office of the General Curia, the young
journalist Luca Pirola was impressed by a meeting room that can be called “the
room of the Jesuit Saints”. The walls are covered with portraits of famous
people from the history of the Society, from St. Ignatius and St. Francis
Xavier to Jesuit saints of the last century.
Father Rutilio Grande is not yet in that hall,
but Luca, after having had the opportunity to know his history, met Father
General's Assistant for Northern Latin America, Fr. Jesús Zaglul, commonly
known as Father Chumi. He wanted to talk with him about this Jesuit who was
murdered in 1977 and whose beatification proceedings are underway, with the
approval of Pope Francis.