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Dossier December 2017

Indios’ Irruption Into History.

The Indios peoples of Latin America have finally irrupted into history. They are present as officially recognized indigenous communities in society and in Churches. They bring their contribution, the flowers of Tepeyac, which were cultivated in the darkness of the night, in the winter ice, between stones and thorns. The aboriginal communities of Latin America…

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Indio Theology. The flowers of Tepeyac

The indigenous peoples and their descendants in America and in the entire world are the most ancient examples of civilisation. They have populated the earth for longer than anyone else, and their experience has made them wise people. The long process of these ancient civilisations has always been marked by the search of God. Indigenous…

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The Church Meeting With Indigenous People.

Since the 1960s, the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) has been promoting a new pastoral path alongside the indigenous peoples, through the Missions Department (DEMIS) first, and then, through the Secretariat of the Indigenous Pastoral Ministry (SEPAI). Intercultural and interreligious dialogue has been carried out throughout the Latin American continent: in Melgar (Colombia), Xicotepec (Mexico),…

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God, Heart Of Heaven And Earth.

The greatest contribution of the indigenous communities to the Churches and to society is their concept of the centrality of God, which has governed our life since before the first evangelization, and which is the foundation of everything. According to the Mesoamerican religious and theological scheme, God is the beginning and the end of everything,…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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