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Peter-John Pearson on Pope Francis, priesthood and politics

Peter-John Pearson is vicar general of the archdiocese of Cape Town and director of the Southern African bishops’ Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office. He began his journey to the priesthood after studying law and having experienced profound spiritual conversion linked to his involvement in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement and a passion for social justice in service of the poor.[/vc_column_text]

Ricardo da Silva SJ speaks to him about his vocation to the priesthood as a social activist during apartheid, St Oscar Romero, Pope Francis’ call to becoming a Church of and for the poor and South Africa’s upcoming general election.

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ
B.A. (Hons) (London), B.Theol., STB (FAJE-UFMG)

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK) and theology (Brazil). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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