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Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano
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(CELAM; Latin American Council of Bishops) is an organ of the Catholic Church established at the request of the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean at their first general conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1955; it was approved by Pope Pius XII in the same year. After several extremely fruitful years occupied primarily with responding creatively to the decisions of Vatican II, the second general conference in Medellín in 1968 led to a period of internal tensions, aggravated after 1972 by centralistic tendencies in Rome, which led to a “course c…

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Collet, Giancarlo, “Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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