National Council of Brazilian Bishops
The National Council of Brazilian Bishops (Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil, CNBB) acts as the public voice of the Catholic Church in Brazil and promotes collaboration among Catholic clergy and institutions. Commissions address the needs of deacons and bishops, evangelization and catechism education, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, liturgy and theology, the promotion of the family and a culture of life, and the particular concerns of the Amazon region. CNBB has also led national mobilization for socioeconomic justice, drawing on the teachings of liberation theology and the work of grassroots base communities. The council was founded in 1952 with the blessing of the Holy See as the first permanent organization created to address Catholic Church matters internal to an independent state.