We arrive at the conclusion of the Aparecida document. Over the next week, a final look at the 2007 conference which put evangelization in sharper focus for the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. The words of the Jerusalem Council begin it:
547. “It has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us. . .” (Acts 15:28). The experience of the apostolic community in the beginning shows the very nature of the Church as mystery of communion with Christ in the Holy Spirit. His Holiness Benedict XVI pointed out this original “method” to us in his homily in Aparecida. As we conclude the Fifth General Conference of Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, we note that this is, by God’s grace, what we have experienced. In nineteen days of intense prayer, exchanges, and reflection, dedication, and weariness, our pastoral care took shape in the final document which became increasingly dense and mature. The Spirit of God led us along, gently but firmly, toward the goal.
For deeper examination, check an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.