First International Congress: Franciscans in Bolivia and the First Anniversary of the Amazon Synod

Following the proposals made by Pope Francis and the Bishops of Amazonia, bearing in mind that St. Francis has been declared Patron of Ecology, and in the context of the preparation of the 200 years of Franciscan activity in Guarayos: the Franciscan Province of St. Anthony in Bolivia, the Catholic University of Bolivia “San Pablo”, the “San Pablo” Faculty of Theology, the Bolivian Academy of Ecclesiastical History and the Pontifical Antonianum University, are organising the First Congress on “The Franciscans in Bolivia: the human rights of the peoples and an integral ecology”.

The objective of this Congress is to show the missionary work of the Franciscan Order in Bolivia, a land rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, where the work of the Franciscans has been recognised as a key element in the formation of Bolivia as a nation. Far from an apologetic viewpoint, this Congress is a space for reflection on the work of the Order in its evangelising activity. It will examine the Order’s contribution to a respectful approach to the indigenous peoples and to the environment in which the Franciscans work.

This is an invitation to present papers and posters for institutes, research centres, independent researchers, scientific societies, and students exploring this field of research from the following perspectives:

  1. Missiology
  2. Heritage, Via Pulchritudinis and Franciscan tourism
  3. Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples
  4. Social Teaching of the Church and Human Rights
  5. Indigenous peoples
  6. Economy and Environment
  7. Franciscan Communication and Education


Date: 7, 8 and 9 October 2020

Place: Catholic University of Bolivia “San Pablo” – Cochabamba Region and the “San Pablo” Faculty of Theology.



  • Submission of registration forms with proposals: 1 May 2020
  • Acceptance of proposals: 1 June 2020
  • Submission of selected papers: 1 August 2020
  • Publication of the final programme: 28 September 2020


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