Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 222-223: New Groups and Confederations

New communities pop up in every age of the Church. Who discerns them, with them? The Aparecida Conference suggests the local bishop has a role: 222. The Holy Spirit is still raising up new forms of consecrated life in the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 220-221: From the Cloister or in the World

How does religious life fit into the renewed sense of mission in evangelization? Some reflections by the Aparecida bishops: 220. Today in Latin America and the Caribbean, consecrated life is called to be a discipleship life, fervent about Jesus-Way to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 218-219: Connections And Virtues

218. From its very being, consecrated life is called to be expert in communion, within Church and society. Its life and its mission must be inserted within the particular Church and in communion with the bishop. To that end, common … Continue reading

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Aparecida 216-217: Consecrated Persons

Paragraphs 216 through 224 look to “Consecrated men and women, missionary disciples of Jesus, the Father’s Witness.” We begin with a good influence from Pope John Paul II and his 1996 document on religious life: 216. Consecrated life is a … Continue reading

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Aparecida 213-215: Lay People Engaged by Mission

A statement of desire for the Church’s mission leads off the final three paragraphs on the laity: 213. Today the entire Church in Latin America and the Caribbean wants to place itself in a state of mission. The laity are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 211-212: The Mission of the Laity

Continuing with the Aparecida bishops’ thoughts on and for the laity, we read of our role in the mission of the Gospel. Primarily, we live as Christian disciples, and offer our lives as a witness to Christ. Following that, there … Continue reading

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Aparecida 209-210: Laity

Today, we begin a look at lay women and men, “Faithful … disciples and missionaries of Jesus, Light of the world.” Let’s begin with a definition: 209. The laity are: by baptism made one body with Christ and are constituted … Continue reading

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