Bishop Raúl Vera OP (born Acámbaro, 1945), Studied Chemical engineering at UNAM, friar of the Dominican Province of Mexico since 1968. Ordained priest by Paul VI in 1975, and Bishop by John Paul II in 1988. He has served as Bishop in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, as Coadjutor in San Cristobal de las Casas, and, since 1999 in Saltillo, Coahuila, his current residence.
There he founded the “Fray Juan de Larios” Diocesan Centre for Human Rights, as well as the “St Aelred” community, this latter to accompany young LGBT people seeking the promotion of their human rights and their full integration into the life of both Church and society.
He was a guest speaker for NACDLGM (National Association for Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries) at their 15th annual convention in Long Beach in 2008, where he spoke on pastoral work with the LGBT community.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles invited him to speak as a panellist on the same subject at its 2010 Missionary Congress. Noteworthy amongst his many awards for human rights activity, are the Rafto Prize (Bergen, Norway 2010) and his having been named a candidate for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, for his human rights work in Mexico.