Proaņo Villalba, Bischof Leonidas Eduardo (Ecuador)
Bishop Proano was one of the most important spiritual leaders of the Latin American church. He was the bishop of the Riobamba diocese beginning in 1954. He advocated the freedom of the Indian population in Latin America. In his district approximately two-thirds of the population were descendants of indigenous peoples. He fought for their basic rights from the point of view of evangelism. Proano was defamed and persecuted for the work that he did, but he continued in spite of this. He founded centers for Christian education throughout the diocese. At one of his schools in Santa Cruz more than a thousand native people and farmers were helped. Bishop Proan?o died in 1988, and his work was taken on by Bishop Victor Corral.