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The Family in the New Economy (Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo - Acton Institute)

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Published on May 29, 2012

Centesimus Annus Conference Series (Rome - January 21, 2006) - The Family in the New Economy: Insights from Centesimus Annus

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo (1935-2008) was President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop emeritus of Medellín. After attending the local archdiocesan major seminary, he continued his studies in Rome and obtained his doctorate in philosophy from the Angelicum. After his priestly ordination, he returned to Bogotá and taught philosophy for four years at the local major seminary. In 1968, he was placed in charge of a special course on Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum Progressio that was given in all the principal centers in Colombia. He participated as an expert at the second general conference of Latin American Bishops held in Medellín. Elected general secretary of CELAM in 1972, he was nominated Coadjutor Archbishop of Medellín, becoming Archbishop in 1979. As General Secretary of CELAM, he worked intensely in preparing the third general conference of the Latin American Bishops held in Puebla in 1979, in which Pope John Paul II participated. Elected President of CELAM until 1984, he also served as President of the Colombian Bishops Conference. He was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Family on 8 November 1990. Cardinal Alfonso L'opez Trujillo died on 19 April 2008.

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