Ten Years on from Aparecida: The source of Francis’ pontificate

Diego Fares SJ

 Diego Fares SJ / Issue 1707 / Published Date:14 August 2017/Last Updated Date:28 January 2019

Ten years after the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) that took place in Aparecida, Brazil, between May 11 and May 31, 2007, it is worth reflecting on the impact the gathering has had on the life of both the South American continent and the universal Church. The conference was a key event not just because of the contents of the nal Document but also for the process that actually produced the text. We reconstruct the most important passages of that experience, highlighting the continuity between Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi, the Aparecida Document and Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.