Aparecida 534: Living With Dignity, Aiming For Reconciliation

With a homeland in the Americas, we have an opportunity to draw all sisters and brothers into a common family. At some point, we will need to move forward and enjoy the mutual enrichment of our various cultures, some whole and some fusion.

534. The Church has to encourage each people to build in its homeland a house of brothers and sisters where all have a dwelling for living and coexisting with dignity. This vocation requires the joy of wanting to be and forging a nation, an evocative historic project of shared life. The Church must educate and lead ever more toward reconciliation with God and with one’s brothers and sisters. What is required is addition not division. Wounds must be healed, and manichaeistic contrasts, dangerous frustration, and polarization must be avoided. The dynamisms of decent, just, and equitable integration within each country favors regional integration and at the same time is motivated by it.

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

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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