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Religion, Society, and Culture in ColombiaMedellín and Antioquia, 1850-1930$
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Patricia Londoño-Vega

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249534.001.0001

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Towards a Greater Presence of the Church

Towards a Greater Presence of the Church

(p.56) 2 Towards a Greater Presence of the Church
Religion, Society, and Culture in Colombia

Patricia Londoño-Vega

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the ecclesiastical structure, geography, and sociology of dioceses, churches, chapels, parishes, and clergy. It explains that ecclesiastical jurisdictions varied a great deal in physical extent from one diocese to another. It mentions several male as well as female orders established in Antioquia. It discusses that the positive local attitude towards religion not only influenced a fertile milieu for religious vocation, but also encouraged the lay citizens and authorities to sponsor the activities of the religious communities. It explains that the work of friars and nuns in education, catechising, social assistance, and missions was an important factor in the expansion of the institutional presence of the Catholic Church in the region. It adds that these congregations provided social coherence and, by offering instruction to people from all ranks, opened channels of upward mobility within the society of Antioquia.

Keywords:   ecclesiastical structure, diocese, church, chapel, parish, clergy, religious congregations, Catholic Church

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