Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Brazil's 'faith-based' communities

Regarding the article "On Brazil's Front Line, Priest Says Liberation Theology Is Still Basic to Helping the Poor," Oct. 11: The ecclesiastical base communities are not, as the author asserts, "neighborhoods organized around leftist political beliefs." These are faith-based communities where people gather around the Word, reading the Gospel in light of their daily lives and reading social reality in light of the Gospel.This cross-fertilization of faith in a God of life and the lived reality of misery and oppression leads these communities to take up action on behalf of life: literacy programs, community day care, union organizing, and supporting local political parties. Mev Puleo, Berkeley, Calif. Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.