"When I feed the poor, they call me a saint; when I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist." - This quotation given by the protagonist Dom Helder Câmara is also the motto of this book. The author David Regan shows Câmara`s life from his childhood over the first pastoral steps up to him as the educationalist, bureaucrat and politician. As an archbishop for twenty years in Olinda and Recife Helder Camara is therefore referred to as "Man of the people in Recife". The "brother of the poor" criticised the political system in his motherland Brasil openly and by this risked his life more than once. His international reputation is still actual: moving theology of liberation, Camara provoces effects in Church and society life all over the world.
The author David Regan (* 1926 in Ireland) worked for several years in the Diocese of Marilia (Brasil) as a missionary and developped a great knowledge in the backgrounds, which is shown in this book.