Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In Memoriam: Patrick Rice, married priest and human rights advocate

Back in April, we wrote a post about Patrick Rice, a former priest from Ireland who became a human rights advocate in Argentina and married one of his catechists with whom he was imprisoned. Patrick Rice passed away last week of a heart attack he suffered in Miami as he was traveling back from a workshop he gave for the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition.

According to his family, Rice was working for the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. In a beautiful tribute in Página 12, his wife and children say: "Patrick was our father and our comrade. Former worker priest, former disappeared detainee. A fighter and actvist for life and human rights. He had the most beautiful smile, the most transparent gaze, the kindest heart. He lived all his days joyfully, convinced that a just world, one with solidarity and without discrimination, was possible. He taught that to change it [the world] we had to start with our own hands. He knew how to join all the struggles and acts of resistance in the world..."

The family's statement also includes a list of the commemorative activities that will take place around Buenos Aires for Rice. He will be buried in the British Cemetery in that city.

1 comment:

Martin said...

its people like Pat, true leaders, who carry on the great fight against man's inhumanity to man, who etch away at the injustices against the people,especially poor people who have no rights. Human Rights Advocates who give their lives so thst others may enjoy the freedoms essential to a better and fair life on Earth. Their footprints like Pats remain indelibly imprinted on our hearts forever