Liberation Theology, Power of Language, and Preservation of Guaraní: A Paraguayan Context
The final stop of Pope Francis’ 2015 three-country trip to the South American continent landed him in Paraguay. And while in the capital city of Asunción, he particularly wanted to visit the Norte Bañado neighborhood, one of the poorest areas in the city that rests alongside the Rio Paraguay. Constantly under the threat of being flooded, where shanties are made even worse by the elements, and where economic deprivation is common place, Pope Francis shared with the people of Norte Bañado, “I have looked forward to being with you here today…I could not come to Paraguay without spending some time with you, here on your land” (de Diego et al. 2015, para 2).
A Response to a Colonial Legacy: Preferential Option for the Poor
It was clear that this Latin American sojourn, which also took Pope Francis to Ecuador and Bolivia, reflected his continual emphasis on bringing attention to the notion of making a “preferential option for the poor” as a cornerstone of his papacy. A critical...
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