Council of Latin American Bishops

Parent Organization: Roman Catholic Church

Headquartered in Colombia and heavily influenced by Colombian clerics, the Council of Latin American Bishops (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, CELAM) supports networking, reflection, collaboration, and training among the national bishops' councils of Latin American and the Caribbean, such as its partnership with the Colombian Catholic hierarchy on a variety of peace initiatives. CELAM was integrally involved in the development of liberation theology, with its preferential option for the poor and focus on sinful social structures, beginning with its 1968 General Conference at Medellin, Colombia. Additionally, CELAM played an important role in promoting Christian base communities—grassroots ministry organizations that in Colombia have played active roles in conflict mediation and human rights protection.

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Council of Latin American Bishops