Saint Pedro Poveda Castroverde, humanist and educator, recognized as such by UNESCO on the centenary of his birth, lived the concerns created by the deep crisis of values and lifestyles of the beginning of the XX century. He was one of a small Christian minority concerned with formulating the basic principles of an anthropology that would liberate people from the rejection of transcendence.
St. Pedro José Luis Francisco Javier Poveda Castroverde was born on 3 December 1874 in Linares, Spain, to a solidly Christian family. His parents were José Poveda Montes and María Linarejos Castroverde Moreno. From early childhood he felt called to become a priest, and in 1889 he entered the diocesan seminary in Jaén. Because of financial difficulties, he transferred to the Diocese of Guadix, Granada, where the Bishop had offered him a scholarship. He was ordained a priest on 17 April 1897.