efe-epaBy Maria Angelica Troncoso and Sebastiao Moreira Batatais, Brazil

A 92-year-old Spanish-born retired Catholic bishop who is known as an exponent of liberation theology and a tireless defender of Brazil's indigenous people and the neediest has also cultivated the art of poetry, using it as a means to convey his message of faith, love and social justice.

A member of the Claretian congregation who is a native of Spain's Catalonia region but has lived in Brazil for more than a half century, Pere Casaldaliga has been in the news in recent days after being placed in intensive care at a hospital in Batatais, a small municipality in the interior of the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.