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10 August 2019 - Starting from the challenges that confront the action of the Church in the cities in this "change of epoch", Latin America is at the forefront in theological-pastoral reflection and in the proposals for urban pastoral care (U.P.). Mexico City and Buenos Aires are the places where the Church, towards the end of the 1980s, began to feel strongly challenged by post-modernity and by the irreversible socio-cultural changes in the megalopolis.

"I consider the judgment of Carlos Maria Galli, Argentine theologian, to be correct, who states that urban pastoral care is an original contribution of the Latin American and Caribbean Church to the "Catholica" before and after Pope Francis". These are the words of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, Archbishop emeritus of Barcelona, one of the promoters of the Pastoral Care of the Big Cities together with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Fr. Benjamín Bravo, theologian and professor of U.P. interviewed by Agenzia Fides agrees: "Indeed, the U.P. is of Latin American origin because it starts from a typical situation of the region, of basic religiosity, in which the majority of people, even if not practicing, believe in God, and do not move from the European experience of de-sacralization and the secularization of postmodernity.

Also because modernity has influenced us for 30 years: it has not left much". The U.P "is not the same as pastoral care in the city", said Jorge Eduardo Scheinig, current auxiliary bishop of Mercedes-Lujan, years ago. "Pastoral care in the city is to do what we have always done in the paradigm of Christianity. The P.U. is a new pastoral care because the cities generate multiculturalism", he concluded (...)Pièces jointes à la dépêche

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22 May 2019 - "In all of Latin America and the Caribbean we have witnessed the growth of an ethical, political, economic and cultural crisis. Among these, we highlight the machismo that wounds the dignity of women and migration forced by poverty and violence". This is how CELAM expresses itself in its message to the people of God published on the occasion of its 37th General Assembly, celebrated in Tegucigalpa (Honduras), from 13 to 18 May.

Faced with this reality, the Bishops reaffirm their commitment to welcoming migrants, and stress the need "to strengthen ourselves in faith and in listening to the Word of God in order to resist the dehumanizing ideologies that prevent the pursuit of the common good, the exercise of freedoms and the recognition of human rights ideologies that often result in sacrificing the poorest people, favoring the increase of inequalities that are unacceptable. We embrace the suffering of the peoples and churches that suffer most today: Venezuela, Nicaragua and Haiti".

In the message, entitled "Walking in faith and in fraternal solidarity", sent to Agenzia Fides, the Bishops reaffirm "their support for Pope Francis and their commitment to address the region's challenges through pastoral work by announcing the Gospel to the new challenges that arise at this time, trying to promote a more just and supportive society, with particular attention to the poor, as a Church that goes forth, that is walking towards the definitive Kingdom".

Aware of their reality as "missionary disciples", the Bishops renew their commitment to fight corruption, which requires a change of mindset, and to take care of the environment, by promoting an integral ecology.

"We renew a radical availability for our beloved people, in particular for the poorest, for women and young people - the Bishops write in conclusion -. We are joyful and believe we are servants of the Gospel of life, eager to gather all of us in our faith communities to strengthen ourselves in the love of God and collaborate in building a more just and supportive society that witnesses the Kingdom". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 22/5/2019)

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:11

SOUTH AMERICA Web to reach the "suburbs"

15 January 2015 - "A portal of portals", this is how the new web page can be described that was opened recently by the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and is promoted by all the Bishops' Conferences of Latin America.

There you can find each sector of evangelization that CELAM follows: Noticelam (news); Migrantes Hoy (Pastoral Care of Migrants); Portal radiofónico (the Catholic commitment to radio communications, and perhaps the most important in the continent); Pastoral Juvenil Latinoamericana (Youth Pastoral); Mapas de comunicación (new site that gives information about the media in each country); Centralidad de la niñez (Pastoral Care of children); rivista LatidoAmérica (a collection of magazines, news, studies, testimonials and other information on the difficult moments of life on the continent, with a special glance at poverty, ecology, marginalization and indigenous communities).

In practice this is an effort to reach "the suburbs" to which Pope Francis makes constant reference, for a culture of encounter and dialogue with the poor, the young, migrants, children, indigenous people, the world of communication. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 01/15/2015)

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 22:08

LATIN AMERICA The most insecure in the world

14 November - Latin America is the most insecure region in the world as a result of an increase in the murder rate that the United Development Programme (UNDP) has described as “epidemic”. One out of three Latin Americans has reportedly been the victim of a crime in 2012, mainly theft. The perception of insecurity has also prompted families to change their lifestyle: between 45 and 65% no longer go out at night, while 13% have decided to change residence for fear of being the victim of a crime, according to an inquiry accompanying the study.

“Since the insecurity has had an impact on the lives of families, the rich middle class has resort to vigilantes. Today at the regional level there are nearly twice as many private guards as police officers and this does nothing more than to increase the inequality that already exists,” said Heraldo Muñoz, Deputy Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. The major concern is related to the increase in the murder rate, which has fallen in other regions of the world beyond the context of wars.

The Latin American region, meanwhile, has recorded an average of 100,000 murders a year and in the period between 2000 and 2010, over one million people had been murdered. In 11 of the 18 countries analyzed in the study, the murder rate is of more than 10 per 100,000 inhabitants with Honduras, having the dubious distinction of leading these statistics with 86 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011. Mexico’s rate is of 23 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The situation of insecurity is closely linked to economic indicators, however positive, with growth of regional economies on average around 4 % in the last decade. In this context, cases of theft – 6 out of 10 are committed with violence – have also tripled, with the highest numbers being recorded in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. © 2013 MISNA -

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 06:35

8-16 giugno Meeting Caritas America Lat.

"I poveri non possono aspettare. Il diritto all'alimentazione adeguata ed equilibrata è fondamentale”. Questa campagna ha il suo fondamento nella necessità che tutti ci uniamo con un’unica forza per combattere la piaga della fame nel mondo", ha detto Mons. Jose Luis Azuaje, Vescovo di El Vigia-San Carlos del Zulia (Venezuela) e Presidente della Caritas America Latina e dei Carabi, nel presentare la campagna mondiale contro la fame e la povertà lanciata da Caritas Internationalis. Mons. Azuaje ha parlato alla conferenza stampa di presentazione della riunione della Conferenza Regionale della Caritas dell'America Latina e dei Caraibi, in corso questi giorni a Caracas.

Il meeting si svolge dal 8 al 16 giugno e vi partecipano 20 paesi dell'America Latina e dei Caraibi. Secondo quanto riferito a Fides dalla segreteria della Caritas Guatemala, la riunione ha lo scopo di "migliorare e valutare l'efficacia e l'efficienza delle procedure, esaminare i progressi compiuti nel servizio della carità e rafforzare la comunione e gli accordi di collaborazione tra le nostre organizzazioni" (Agenzia Fides, 12/06/2013)

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Monday, 04 March 2013 08:47

1° marzo Brasile - Goias

"Il conflitto per la terra sta rovinando anche la nostra cultura" affermano le comunità indigene. La questione della proprietà fondiaria è stato al centro dell’incontro delle comunità tradizionali che si è tenuto dal 25 al 28 febbraio a Luziânia (nello Stato di Goias nel centro del Brasile). All’evento hanno partecipato 120 rappresentanti delle comunità tradizionali di tutto il Paese che hanno discusso le modalità per proteggere i loro diritti fondiari contro l’accaparramento delle terre da parte dei latifondisti.

Nel corso dei lavori è emersa la necessità di unire i diversi movimenti sociali e le organizzazioni che si occupano del problema.

Gli indigeni presenti a questo incontro hanno denunciato il fatto che il conflitto per la terra ha minato anche la loro cultura e le loro tradizioni. Ad esempio i quilombolas di Rio dos Macacos, a Bahia, hanno denunciato l'azione della Marina e la violenza contro la loro comunità, alla quale è stato vietato persino di coltivare la terra.
Un avvocato del Consiglio Indigeno Missionario (CIMI) ha animato un dibattito sulla Costituzione e sulle convenzioni riguardanti i diritti delle comunità tradizionali, come la Convenzione 169 della OIT (Organizzazione internazionale del lavoro). È stato sottolineato che i diritti di queste comunità sono già impliciti nella Costituzione brasiliana, ma devono essere meglio definiti. Per il Movimento Quilombola del Maranhão, dei 1.838 territori demarcati fino ad oggi, solo 121 hanno titolo di proprietà riconducibili alle comunità indigene. (CE) (Agenzia Fides)

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