Happy 78th birthday, Leonardo Boff (born Dec. 14, 1938)! Brazilian theologian. Teacher. Ex-Franciscan priest. Early supporter of liberation theology. Advocate for the rights of the poor and marginalized. Critic of church hierarchy. Human rights advocate. Author of “Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation,” “The Maternal Face of God: The Feminine and its Religious Expressions” and “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor,” among many other works. Born in Concordia, Brazil.