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New paths for the Church and for an integral ecology



Synod for the Pan-Amazonia

24/03/2018: Vatican

The Vatican made public on March 8 the theme of the next Pan-Amazonia Synod, as well as the list of members of the Pre-Synodal Council.

The theme of reflection is “Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology”, which affirms that a valid presence of the Church in the main lung of the planet is not possible, unless the foundation of the Encyclical Laudato Si, integral ecology, is not taken into account.

The elected were called to collaborate with the general secretariat, under the guidance of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in the preparation of the synodal assembly, which will take place in October 2019 in the Vatican. In the list, composed of 18 people, the names of two cardinals, archbishops and bishops appear, along with that of sister Irene Lopes, representing the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, and the layman Mauricio López, executive secretary of the PanAmazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), an entity that is seen as one of the great interlocutors of preparatory work for the Synod, given the work of studying the Amazonian reality carried out in recent years.


Marists in Amazonia

Marists are present in the Amazonia region, which includes Brazil (Brasil Centro-Norte and Brasil Sul-Amazonia), Peru and Bolivia (Santa Maria de los Andes), Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia (Norandina).
Each year, the Universidad Marcelino Champagnat of Lima (Santa Maria de los Andes province) trains hundreds of indigenous peoples from the jungle to become teachers.

There are several Marist schools with a Marist presence, such as the Nossa Senhora de Nazaré School in Belém (Brasil Centro-Norte), the Abya Yala School in Lago Agrio with 140 young people from five ethnic groups (Ecuador, Norandina province) and the Colegio Sao Pio X in Balsas, Brazil.
In the Brasil Sul-Amazonia province, the Marists carry out insertion projects in indigenous and riverine communities, they are present in public schools. But their most significant work is the education of indigenous people in their realities.

There is also a home for indigenous adolescents from the Peruvian Amazonia in Puerto Maldonado and several missions in collaboration with different institutions in several cities.

The international community Lavalla200> in Tabatinga is also in this area, under the direct coordination of the América Sur region. In the Colombian Amazonia the Marists are present in the Champagnat School and in the Fraternidad Escala in Sibundoy.
Marists in the Amazon region are very involved in the PanAmazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), an initiative supported by lay people, religious, missionaries, priests, bishops, various structures of the Church and other institutions involved with the Amazonia region.


Ecology in the XXII General Chapter

The capitulars, meeting in Colombia last year, showed profound harmony with the initiative of Pope Francis in favor of an integral ecology. The reflection on this theme was recorded, in an emblematic way, in two passages of the Message of the General Chapter:

  • move away from a culture shaped by “ego-s” and adopt that of the “eco-s” (ecology, ecosystems, an economy of solidarity, …) to reduce the scandal of indifference and inequality (third call).
  • awaken in ourselves and those around us an ecological awareness that engages us in caring for “our common home” (fifth call).

The expression “common house” is at the base of the concept of “global family”, which synthesizes the calls of the Chapter, but it is also a reference to the earth, according to the vision transmitted by San Francisco.

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