A strong and compassionate leader
A man profoundly united to the person of Jesus Christ, Arrupe undertook with decisiveness and energy a path of drawing near to people in their concrete situations, whether of unbelief, poverty, lack of freedom, or search for God.
Trusting in his collaborators, he encouraged and proposed modes of moving forward to a Church that was seeking to live out the teachings of Vatican II.
He was a pioneer entered heretofore unexplored terrain, such as that of secularized and pluralist society and the plight of refugees. He led former students of Jesuits schools to follow these paths, and he invited intellectuals to study the causes of injustice and lack of faith.
During those years, a good number of Jesuits experienced martyrdom as a consequence of attitudes promoted by Arrupe: serving without distinguishing race or class; living with those who were suffering, to the point of giving one’s life; and defending their rights to the very end. As a good friend and guide, he accompanied others in their journey.