Good Samaritan Father Eduardo Jorge Anzorena, Magsaysay Award winner in International Understanding, believes true philanthropy balances self—preservation and altruism.
Sirimas Chalanuchpong speaks with the globetrotting champion of the homeless.
Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same”.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Father Eduardo Anzorena — better known as Father Jorge—is man with a mission. He is also a man of paradox. The 64-year-old Catholic priest has spent years crusading for a better life for the homeless and yet he doesn’t really have a permanent home of his own. He hops around the globe preaching to people and yet he seldom recognised as a priest. He preaches words of love and equality yet he finds it hard to remember which chapters of the holy books of Christianity he is quoting from.
Soon after his arrival in Bangkok, Father Jorge was asked if he was really a holy priest as he was dressed like any other tourist coming to Thailand.
“I think we need to go inside ourselves to find out just a little truth about people. I think this is how we can understand the problems of the world.”
“I’ll tell you the truth. I don’t have a white gown because my work is a completely different to normal priests. I work with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and sometimes with Catholics—although not often.