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Aparecida 422: Addicts

The first of five paragraphs that address the problem of chemical dependency. The bishops describe it as a pandemic. That does not overstate. 422. The drug problem is like an oil slick spreading everywhere. It recognizes no geographical or human … Continue reading

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Aparecida 421: HIV-AIDS

In the first world, there is not yet a cure. But there is often a life expectancy for those with access to medical care. Still, the condition is stigmatizing for many. I can imagine more so in Third World situations … Continue reading

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Aparecida 420: Pastoral Care Of The Sick

The Aparecida bishops reference the pastoral care rites: 420. In visits to the sick in health facilities, in silently being with the sick person, kind treatment, sensitive care for the requirements of the disease, the motherhood of the church is … Continue reading

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Aparecida 419: Healthcare As Proclamation of the Paschal Mystery

In this paragraph, a contrast between a culture that avoids death and its appearances, and one that embraces the entirety of the Paschal Mystery: 419. Health is a topic that involves major forces in the world, but those forces do … Continue reading

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Aparecida 417-418: Sick People

Sick people are very much a concern of the Aparecida bishops. In fact the term they use below is “true cathedrals of encounter.” Really. Let’s read it: 417. The Church has made an option for life. That option inevitably pushes … Continue reading

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Aparecida 415-416: Culture and Virtue

Concluding thoughts on migrant persons: 415. Migrants should be pastorally accompanied by their churches of origin and urged to become disciples and missionaries in the lands and communities that take them in, sharing with them the riches of their faith … Continue reading

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Aparecida 414: Prophetic Support For Migrants: Universal Citizenship

“Don’t get too political,” some will say. Current policy and attitude toward migrant persons is rife with ignorance and hatred. We are speaking of people: 414. One of the tasks of the Church on behalf of migrants is unquestionably prophetic … Continue reading

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