The Shalom Community’s consecrated Saulo Dantas was among a group of 26 young Latin American Catholics who participated in an intensive training seminar that was held in the Vatican from February 24 through to March 4. The theme of the program was “Social Doctrine of the Church and Political Commitment in Latin America – for a new generation of Latin American Catholics in politics”.
The seminar was organized by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (CAL) and by the Latin American Academy of Catholic Leaders, in collaboration with the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
The purpose of the initiative is to spread the Social Doctrine of the Church to form a new generation of lay faithful responsible for the common good in Latin America.
For eight days, the participants had the opportunity to hear lectures from prominent authorities, such as Vatican Secretary of State Card. Pietro Parolin and the president of CAL, Card. Marc Ouellet, as well as bishops, priests, journalists and academics.
At the conclusion of the seminar Pope Francis addressed this group of young Catholics and told them we enter politics with “the Gospel as a starting point…. Politics is a vocation to service, a lay diaconate that promotes social friendship for the generation of the common good. Only in this way does politics help the people to become protagonists of their history¹.
Traduzione: Jhoanna Climacosa
¹Bulletin Summary, Audience with a Group of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, 04.03.2019.