Aparecida is the most important Marian shrine in Brazil. Last May it was also the site of the fifth general conference of the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM). These general CELAM conferences are unique, a type of synod that periodically comes together to set pastoral priorities for the church of an entire region.
CELAM’s first general conference was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1955. It was followed in 1968 by one in...
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