Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 446ab: Pastoral Proposals For Young People: A Preferential Option?

The Aparecida bishops offer eight proposals for addressing their concerns for young people. The first suggests a “new impulse” for youth ministry. Closely related to that is a focus on evangelization. Let’s read. 446. We suggest some lines of action … Continue reading

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Aparecida 445: Five Problems Listed

In this paragraph, the Aparecida bishops outline five particular problems of young people. 445. (Young people) are very affected by low-quality education, which leaves them below the levels needed for competitiveness, compounded by reductionistic understandings of humanity, which limit their … Continue reading

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Aparecida 444: Three Situations

The Aparecida bishops note three concerns for young people. These would not be exclusively Latin American/Caribbean problems; they exist in the US as well: poverty, socialization with alienation, threats from globalization. I think it is certainly possible to overcome, to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 443: The Church’s Present And Future

Some interesting reflections on young people. They may not be as much of a “vast majority” in the First World, but “potential” is undeniable. 443. Young people and adolescents constitute the vast majority of the population of Latin America and … Continue reading

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Aparecida 442: Adolescents and Young People

Some adults, including too many church leaders, avoid people of teen years. Others utter easy mottos like “they are the future of the Church.” Which overlooks the fact that baptized persons, with or without Confirmation, no matter how young, indeed … Continue reading

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Aparecida 441i: Pastoral Suggestions For Ministry To Children

Let’s read the Aparecida bishops’ last of nine suggestions for ministry to children: i) Promote and communicate in an ongoing manner research on childhood to make sustainable both recognition of care for it, and initiatives for advocacy and promoting the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 441gh: Pastoral Suggestions For The Missionary Capacity Of Children

Let’s read the Aparecida bishops’ suggestions for ministry to children that involve missionary activity: g) Value the missionary capacity of children, who not only evangelize their companions but may also be evangelizers of their parents. In my experience, it can … Continue reading

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