Jesuit Missionary Honored in Mexico

samplekino2An exhibition dedicated to Father Eusebio Francesco Kino, who is considered a “bold minded missionary, indomitable spirit and adventurous heart” will be open until June 30 at the Francisco Xavier Clavijero library at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. According to the General Curia of the Jesuits, the exhibition will celebrate the 300th anniversary of Father Kino’s death (1645-1711).

Over 100 documents are exhibited, including manuscripts, letters, books, maps and objects owned by the archives of the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, Iberoamericana University, individuals and governments of the states of Sonora and Baja California. Father Kino also known as the Father of Pimería Alta, which is a region that included what is today the State of Sonora (Mexico) and southern Arizona. He is considered one of the most important evangelists of the Society of Jesus in America. He was a geographer, explorer, cartographer, writer, committed to improving the living conditions of indigenous peoples and respect for indigenous rights. In 1975 a statue in his honor was placed in the U.S. Capitol in the National Statuary Hall, the national pantheon of Great Americans.

[The General Curia]

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