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Base Communities in Latin America
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[German Version]

Ecclesiastical base communities are organisms of the Catholic Church. A comprehensive definition of this experiment is difficult to formulate, although a number of essential features can be singled out: local orientation, regular worship, responsibility for the poor, a dynamic relationship between faith and life. Base communities enable a new type of participation in the life of the Catholic Church and promote a unique form of social commitment. A characteristic element is the cen…

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Teixeira, Faustino, “Base Communities in Latin America”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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