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Aparecida 404: The Role of Business For Justice

There is a thought that businesses can act out of a larger sense of virtue as well as the profit motive. A positive nod to those who act well: 404. We offer our encouragement to business people who manage large … Continue reading

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Aparecida 403: Advocacy For Justice

Part of the task of accompanying excluded people mentioned in paragraph 402 is the advocacy for justice through political action: 403. In this task, concrete actions should be designed with pastoral creativity to influence governments to enact social and economic … Continue reading

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Aparecida 402: The New Excluded

If Jesus were speaking today, he would adopt this new list below …     402. Globalization is causing the emergence of new faces of the poor in our peoples. With special attention and in continuity with our previous General … Continue reading

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Aparecida 401: Institutional Mission

401. Bishops Conferences and local churches have the mission of promoting renewed efforts to strengthen a structured, organic, and comprehensive social ministry which with both direct aid and development efforts (Ecclesia in America 58) becomes present in the new realities … Continue reading

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Aparecida 400: “Nothing … Will Have Been In Vain”

Twenty years after Pope PAul VI issued his encyclical on the progress of peoples, his second successor issued another document in the same vein. Cited in paragraph #400: 400. Hence, from our condition as disciples and missionaries, we want to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 399: A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion

Today, the fourth part of Chapter Eight begins for us, “A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion.” What does that mean? Let’s begin with the guidance of two popes and move from there: 399. Taking on this option for … Continue reading

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Aparecida 398: Making Real Friends Among The Poor

Making real friends among the poor–I think many saints have said it. More have certainly lived it. But it can still be a big step, however recommended: 398. Only the closeness that makes us friends enables us to appreciate deeply … Continue reading

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