This site reflects heightened contemporary interest in Bartolomé de Las Casas. It provides information, research, and analysis of the life and writings of the person who has become a symbol of justice and human rights in Latin America and elsewhere. Sources for the study of his life are provided. Space will be given to discussion of controversies, as well as focus on persons who have exemplified the spirit of Las Casas.

Contemporary icon, featured in Time, by Mark Dukes is at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church (see below)



June Nash describes in this widely focused account of Chiapas modern-day efforts to defend indigenous interests in a globalizing world, an effort similar to Las Casas' attempts as first bishop of Chiapas


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.Recent Dissertations

More than 50 dissertations have taken up Las Casas or subjects allied to Las Casas in recent years. Michel Andraos (Ph.D., St. Michael=s, Toronto) in his 2000 dissertation treats the embodiment of Las Casas in the work of Samuel Ruiz in his APraxis of Peace: The Pastoral Work and Theology of Bishop Samuel Ruiz and the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.@


              Persons Working in the           Spirit of Las Casas

Among persons who have investigated in contemporary times the work and significance of Bartolome de Las Casas, Helen Rand Parish stands in the forefront. She was research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley. Now in her 90's, she was interviewed at length for America in July 1992.

The most widely held book by Henry Raup Wagner and Helen Rand Parish is: The Life and Writings of Bartolome de Las Casas (1967).



The appearance of the icon of Las Casas                                                                                         here is by permission of St. Gregory of                                                                                           Nyssa Church, Potrero Hill, San Francisco,                                                                                    where the icon is part of a series                                                                                                   Mark Dukes created.

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