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Letter from the President

When these lines see the light of day, we’ll be one step closer to our goal of organizing the IV International Conference of Brotherhoods and Fraternities. Our hope is that it will be a true example of the reality, vitality, and richness of popular religiosity and the fraternity movement in particular.

And we’re organizing it in Málaga, “...the very Noble, very Loyal, very Hospitable, very Philanthropic and ever Brave City of Málaga,” as its motto says. This event celebrates the centennial of the founding of the Association of Málaga Holy Week Brotherhoods, the oldest institution of this nature in our country.

Within the context of an extensive schedule of events taking place from January 21, 2021 to January 21, 2022, which can be found on the centennial's website, we are also hosting the IV International Conference of Brotherhoods and Fraternities on September 23, 24, and 25, 2021.

In the launch of this exciting project and in the context of uncertainty caused by the pandemic we are living through, I would like to transmit to you the excitement and true hope that moves us and encourages us.

You can now view the program which, under the title “Popular religiosity and Holy Week: An Evangelizing Force” and through the lens of Holy Week and fraternal expression, will attempt to highlight the fact that being a brother is not only a legitimate way of living the faith, but that above all, it is a way of transmitting the faith and evangelizing through tradition, culture, history, and art.

The program features speakers of renowned prestige on the variety of subjects and topics we will discuss, without shying away from the sharp edges and touchy subjects the fraternity movement may have.

Likewise, we will create a space where works and papers can be presented in the different roundtable discussions and lectures we have organized.

Along with this more academic part of the program, we have planned cultural and recreational activities that allow participants to get to know our city and province as well as the rich patrimonial heritage that Málaga and its Holy Week have to offer.

During the conference, we will also host the II Pan-European Forum of Confraternities, an event whose organization was entrusted to us in the previous edition held in the city of Lugano. We hope it attracts brothers from various European countries so that, from the faith that unites use and the passion that moves us, they may get to know our city and its brotherhoods, establish closer ties with others, and strengthen the spirit of the church and pride in being a brother.

We’re awaiting you in Málaga this year, 2021, with the hope that the circumstances allow us to hold the entire program of events we have planned.

We invite you to join with us in this hopeful time here in Málaga.

All the best.

Good health and hope to you all.

José Carlos Garín

IV International Conference of Brotherhoods and Fraternities

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