Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

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 … Continue reading

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Aparecida 533: Black Cultural Expression

The Aparecida bishops on the grave sin of racism: 533. Hence, the Church denounces the practice of discrimination and racism in its different expressions, because it is an offense against what is deepest in human dignity created in the “image … Continue reading

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Aparecida 532: Afro-Americans

As we get into this, I’m not sure the term “Afro-American” is in vogue any longer. But this is what the translation from the original Spanish afroamericanos gives us. Nestled in this paragraph is a quote from the 1992 conference. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 530-531: Solidarity With Native Americans

Three areas of solidarity with native Americans: 530. As disciples and missionaries in the service of life, we accompany the indigenous and native peoples in strengthening their identities and their own organizations, the defense of their territory, bilingual intercultural education, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 529: Integration Of Indigenous People

A new section: Integration Of Indigenous And Afro-Americans. First, the people who were here before Eastern Hemisphere folks: 529. As disciples of Jesus Christ incarnate in the life of all peoples, with faith we discover and recognize the “seeds of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 528: Positives And Negatives On Unity

Finishing up the topic (520-528) on unity and fraternity, there are some positives to note: 528. We appreciate significant and promising advances in the process and systems of integration in our countries in the past twenty years. Trade and political … Continue reading

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Aparecida 526-527: A Great Homeland

Referencing other conferences, Puebla in 1979 and Snato Domingo in 1992: 526. The Third General Conference of Latin American bishops already proposed to “put fresh vigor into its work of evangelizing the culture of our peoples and the various ethnic … Continue reading

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Aparecida 525: A Family Of Peoples

Latin America and the Caribbbean: not just geography, but also a family: 525. The dignity of recognizing ourselves as a family of Latin American and Caribbean peoples involves a singular experience of closeness, fellowship, and solidarity. We are not merely … Continue reading

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Aparecida 524: A Sacrament of Communion

Defining a Church: 524. God’s Church in Latin America and the Caribbean is sacrament of communion of its peoples. It is dwelling of its peoples; it is house of God’s poor. It calls together and gathers all in its mystery … Continue reading

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Aparecida 523: On Unity

Human beings number in the billions, and vary widely in so many ways. Is unity even possible? On any scale? 523. We recognize a profound vocation to unity in the “heart” of each human being, because all have the same … Continue reading

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Aparecida 521-522: Working Across A Continent

Obstacles today are huge. Our hope swells when we can work together across most distant locations to put plans into action. The bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean recognize a continent-wide effort is needed in many places: 521. The … Continue reading

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Aparecida 520: At The Service of Unity and Fraternity

Section 7 of chapter ten will explore the Church At The Service Of The Unity And Fraternity Of Our People. The pope emeritus shares an important hope. The melting pot is a useful symbol at times, a myth at others. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 519: Serve Those In Cities, But Don’t Neglect People Elsewhere

Most people live in cities and surrounding communities today. But not all, therefore … 519. None of the foregoing reduces the importance, however, of a renewed rural ministry to strengthen people in the countryside and their economic and social development, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 518no: Pastoral Agents, Present and Future

The last two of fifteen proposed developments for pastoral agents in the city: 518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral … Continue reading

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Aparecida 518lm: Beauty And Other Ways To Serve

Today 518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral agents, as disciples and missionaries, must to strive to develop: l) A … Continue reading

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