Martinho da Costa Lopes was the first Timorese leader of the East Timorese Catholic Church. After the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, he worked tirelessly to protect human rights. He was the first person to speak out publicly within East Timor about the abuses perpetrated by the occupation forces, which attracted criticism from the Indonesian government. Under pressure from the Vatican, he resigned from the position of Apostolic Administrator and left his country in 1983. He then traveled extensively, speaking and raising awareness about East Timor. He died in Portugal in 1991. His story is a unique and accessible behind-the-scenes account of East Timor.
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'A rich and evocative portrayal of our beloved Monsignor Lopes, a man whose humanitarian ethos and deeds set an example for the Church and gave hope to his people through the very darkest days of their history' - Xanana Gusmao, President of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT)
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Book Description Zed Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1856498328