AMERICA/ARGENTINA - 1st Conference on the Evangelisation of Culture 3 to 5 November to promote presence of Catholics in public life

Monday, 30 October 2006

Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) -“Civil Society and Politics are a challenge. In the history of our continent Catholics made substantial contribution to the building of institutions and conformation of the culture of the community. Today we must resume and intensify our commitment in public life”, we read in the presentation of the 1st Conference on the Evangelisation of Culture to be held 3 - 5 November 2006 at Santa Maria de Buenos Aires Catholic University of Argentina. The conference is sponsored by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the Pontifical Council for Culture whose president Cardinal Paul Poupard said “the approaching 200th anniversary of independence for many countries in America in 2010 is an opportunity to re-propose the Catholic identity and cultural-political project of Latin America in view of a new Christian humanism”.
The aim of the Conference is to reflect and discern ways to enhance the identity and mission of men and women called to evangelise culture. Specific aims include: creating communion among men and women of culture called to be active in promoting social unity and the common good; intensify commitment to new evangelisation, fostering the presence of Catholics in public life; discern cultural signs of the epochal changes of the present day and share experience to build the evangelisation of cultures in America; listen, dialogue and work in communion with men and women of other faiths; identify priorities for cultural necessities in Latin America and formulate contributions for CELAM 5.
The Conference will open with a special Mass presided by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The closing Mass will be presided by CELAM president Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa Archbishop of Santiago, who will speak about CELAM 5 to be held in Brazil in May 2007. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 30/10/2006 righe: 25 parole: 252)