Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 227: Ecumenical Dialogue

The last few posts, we looked at people who have left the Catholic Church, and what the Aparecida bishops offer in terms of drawing them back. The situation is somewhat different for those born into other Christian traditions. The fifth … Continue reading

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Aparecida 226: Four Lines of Work

This is a significant paragraph, outlining the shape of the Church’s ministry to the faithful, especially those who no longer walk with us. There is certainly room for “enhancement” along these initiatives. Dioceses, parishes, parish groups, religious orders (both contemplative … Continue reading

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Aparecida 225: Those Who Have Left

We in the States often or at least occasionally fret over “Those Who Have Left The Church To Join Other Religious Groups.” The Aparecida bishops do too. In this document, they don’t address the nones. They don’t diagnose the problem … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 4: Attending To The Encounter With Christ

Pope Francis mentions the Aparecida document in his address to his brother bishops of Latin America. Aparecida┬áis a treasure yet to be fully exploited. ┬áI am certain that each of you has seen how its richness has taken root in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 224: High Expectations

With the Aparecida bishops, we conclude this discussion on religious life and the role those in it play in the Church’s mission in Latin America and the Caribbean–if not the world: 224. Latin American and Caribbean peoples expect a great … Continue reading

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Aparecida 222-223: New Groups and Confederations

New communities pop up in every age of the Church. Who discerns them, with them? The Aparecida Conference suggests the local bishop has a role: 222. The Holy Spirit is still raising up new forms of consecrated life in the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 3: A Community of Disciples

Continuing with the address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. When we speak of the modern movement to discipleship, we are expanding on older, less complete understandings of the Church. The Church is the community … Continue reading

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