Episcopal Conference of Chile
The Episcopal Conference of Chile (Spanish: Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, CECh) is an agency of the Catholic Church which includes all the Archbishops and Diocesan Bishops, the Diocesan Directors and all those equivalent in law to the diocesan bishops, the Military Bishop, the coadjutor and auxiliary and Headlines Bishops performing their functions within the Chilean territory conferred by the Holy See or the Episcopal Conference. This organization allows the Bishops jointly exercise certain pastoral functions in a collegial manner. Usually meet at Assembly where national contingency discuss issues or topics that are related to the development of the Catholic Church in Chile. Express their opinion through documents or letters that are made known to the public. Also connected with the Government, through the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic.
This body is responsible for discerning proposed major guidelines regarding evangelization and religious education in Chile, which continuously focuses on topics like how to evangelize, the socio-economic problems the country and other short-term.
The President of the Conference (from the November 19, 2010 and for three years), is the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Ricardo Ezzati Andrello SDB. As in Chile, also in the whole world there by episcopal conferences of which the bishops exercise their pastoral mission of collegiate way.
List of Presidents of the Episcopal Conference of Chile
Alfredo Silva Santiago (1958-1962)
Jose Manuel Santos (1968-1971)
Francisco de Borja Valenzuela Ríos (1978-1979)
Jose Manuel Santos (1980-1983)
Bernardino Piñera (1984-1987)
Carlos Gonzalez Cruchaga (1988-1992)
Fernando Ruiz Ariztía (1993-1995)
Ariztía Fernando Ruiz (1998)
Alejandro Goic Karmelic (2004-2010)