NPR logo

'Liberation Theology' and Latin America

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4573066/4573067" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
'Liberation Theology' and Latin America

Religion

'Liberation Theology' and Latin America

'Liberation Theology' and Latin America

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4573066/4573067" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Latin America has the world's biggest Catholic population. But Pope John Paul II opposed "liberation theology," which emphasized left-leaning politics. His subsequent appointments of bishops helped move Brazil and other Latin nations away from political activism.