Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, brings his message of peace and justice to San Antonio when he visits St. Mary’s University.

Ruiz will speak in Spanish at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 in Conference Room A of the University Center. The public is invited.

His visit is sponsored by the President’s Peace Commission at St. Mary’s. The President’s Peace Commission is a group of faculty, students and staff who annually present lecture programs on topics related to peace and justice in our world. The President’s Peace Commission is celebrating more than 15 years of service.

Ruiz is co-chair of the International Secretariat of Solidarity with Latin America and he was awarded UNESCO’s Simon Bolivar Prize. The theme of his address will be the process of peace in the world, drawing upon his experiences in Chiapas and the Americas. He has worked to end the exploitation of native peoples in Chiapas and has been at the head of the movement there to empower the people to make profound changes in the lives of the citizens of this region of Mexico.

Note to Media: Contact Diane Duesterhoeft, faculty co-coordinator of the President’s Peace Commission, for more information at or 210-436-3346.

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