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Aparecida 378-379: National Organization and Missionaries Abroad

Some tasks for the future. First, some national organization for formation in the missionary spirit: 378. We want to urge local churches to support and organize national missionary centers and to act in close collaboration with the Pontifical Missionary Societies … Continue reading

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Aparecida 377: Openness To All Cultures and Truths

  377. We disciples, who by essence are missionaries by virtue of Baptism and confirmation, are formed with a universal heart, open to all cultures and to all truths, cultivating our capacity for human contact and dialogue. With the courage … Continue reading

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Aparecida 375-376: Missionary Disciples Without Borders

Traditionally, Catholics think of mission efforts as sending religious women and men to pagan territories. The pope emeritus would suggest a wider view:   375. His Holiness Benedict XVI has confirmed that mission ad gentes is opening to new dimensions. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 373-374: Mission To The Nations

Looking at the theme Our Commitment to Mission Ad Gentes: 373. We are conscious and grateful that the Father so loved the world that he sent his Son to save it (cf. Jn 3:17), and so we want to be … Continue reading

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Aparecida 372: Too-Large Communities

Finding the best scale for pastoral efforts: we all struggle with it. First question: Is everyone who can be reached getting contact?   372. Bearing in mind the size of our parishes, breaking them up into smaller territorial units with … Continue reading

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Aparecida 371: Lay Involvement In A Pastoral Plan

Saint John Paul II endorsed an involved laity. He envisioned dioceses with a more active view to ministry. It was a new millennium thing, renewing and firing us up to engage the world more actively in our cities, regions, neighborhoods. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 369-370: Mission, Not Maintenance

What the Aparecida bishops are preaching in terms of community renewal is not something new or even Marxist. The Bible gives an ideal: 369. We find the paradigmatic model of this community renewal in the early Christian communities (cf. Acts … Continue reading

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