Aparecida 517gh: Proposals For Christian Basics In Urban Ministry

The seventh proposal in section 517 speaks of the essentials:

g) Bring the elements proper to the Christian life—the Word, the liturgy, fellowship, and service—especially to those who suffer economic poverty and new forms of poverty.

The first of those is important. It may be, along with the Church’s outreach of charity and justice, the way in for newcomers and seekers.

h) Spread the Word of God, announce it joyfully and courageously, and train lay people so that they can respond to the great questions and aspirations of today, and be involved in the different settings, structures and decision-making centers of urban life.

Notice that word? Joy. Something on Pope Francis’ mind these days. It’s not only about an accurate portrayal of the message, but an attractive way of presenting it.

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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