Aparecida 380-381: Kingdom of God and Promoting Human Dignity

Chapter Eight beckons, “KINGDOM OF GOD AND PROMOTING HUMAN DIGNITY.” These sections through 430 will touch on various topics of human need, where charity and love for others intersects evangelization. The bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean explain in this introduction:

380. The mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ has a universal destination. Its mandate of charity encompasses all dimensions of existence, all people, all environments of community life, and all peoples. Nothing human can be alien to it. By God’s revelation and by the human experience of faith, the Church knows that Jesus Christ is the complete, all- surpassing, and satisfactory answer to human questions about truth, the meaning of life and reality, happiness, justice, and beauty. These concerns are rooted in the heart of every person and they resonate in what is most human in the culture of the various peoples. Hence, any authentic sign of truth, good, and beauty in the human adventure comes from God and cries out for God.

This is in keeping with Matthew 25:31-46: the Lord’s explanation that he was there to be found and encountered among a person in need, and that those who discerned his presence weren’t necessarily among those expected to be religious, faithful, or even orthodox.

381. Striving to approach the life of Jesus Christ and in response to the yearnings of our peoples, we next highlight some major areas, priorities, and tasks for mission of the disciples of Jesus Christ today in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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