The Pact of the Catacombs

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The mission of the poor in the Church



In 2015 the Catholic Church celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council, a council that was a landmark in the two thousand years of the Church´s history. At the end of the Council, inspired by what was being done and said in the Council hall, some forty bishops from various countries of the world met in the Catacomb of Domitilla to sign what is today known as The Pact of the Catcombs, a text and programme that sets out the mission of the poor in the Church.


The spirit of the Pact of the Catacombs has guided some of the best Christian initiatives of the last fifty years, not only in Latin America, where it had particular impact, but throughout the Catholic Church, so that its witness (its inspiration and its text) have become one of the most influential signs of twentieth-century Catholicism.


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Author / Autor

Xavier Pikaza & José Antunes da Silva (eds.)

Publisher / Editorial

Editorial Verbo Divino

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Soft Cover

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