Photo: The Vatican
The history and future of the Church in America will be the topic of a conference held at the Vatican next week, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Knights of Columbus, with assistance from the Institute for Guadalupan Studies in Mexico City.
The conference will run from December 9 to 12, with the Pope addressing the conference at a private audience on the 9th – the feast of St. Juan Diego.
Members of the hierarchy from Latin America, the United States and Canada will lead working groups that’s will discuss various aspects of the Church in America, including such topics as: the New Evangelization, the Church’s role in education, the Church’s role in charity and its preferential option for the poor, and the role of the Virgin Mary in leading Christians in America to Christ.
Fifteen years after Pope John Paul II held the Synod for America to discuss the future of the Church in North, Central and South America, the conference will bring together a diverse group from throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Vatican, Europe and beyond to discuss the history, present situation and future work of the Church on the American continent – defined as from Alaska in the North to Argentina in the South.