Embracing a New Era of Religious Dialogue in Latin America

By: Matthew Carnes

In his recently completed visit to Latin America, Pope Francis set a new tone for religious dialogue in the region. Offering 22 speeches over the course of his weeklong journey to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, he addressed both the Catholic faithful and a broader set of social actors—representing indigenous faiths, social movements, labor unions, women’s organizations, farmers, and landless peasants. Throughout, he practiced a new approach to the Church’s engagement in this heavily-Christian region, one that emphasizes humility, listening and accompaniment, and a gentle (re-)invitation to a shared faith.

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