Liberation theologist Jose Comblin dies in Brazil

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 1:24 PM
Liberation theologist Jose Comblin dies in Brazil

The renowned theologian Jose Comblin has died in Brazil of natural causes.

The Catholic Church in Brazil announced that Comblin died Sunday at a hospital in the city of Salvador. He was 88.

The priest was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1923. He was ordained in 1947 and moved to Brazil in 1958. He also worked in Chile, teaching at or leading seminaries in both countries.

Comblin became a leading exponent of liberation theology, which advocates activism on behalf of the poor. The movement swept Latin America in the 1960s following the Second Vatican Council.

Comblin was forced out of Brazil in 1971 by the military dictatorship. He lived in Chile for eight years, but was kicked out in 1980 by the government of August Pinochet.