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Reading Laudato Si’ in the Verapaz

A Case of Localizing Catholic Teachings

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Eric Hoenes del Pinal University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Abstract

As global climate change is becoming an increasing worry, Q’eqchi’-Maya Catholics in Guatemala have begun drawing Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si’ into their discourse about the environment. This article examines how Catholic teachings and Maya culture come together to shape Q’eqchi’-Mayas’ views on climate change, and argues that these processes offer anthropologists of Catholicism insight into how we might better understand Catholicism as a religion that is at once local and global.

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