Church leaders in Latin America have announced the creation of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon Region. Source: Crux.
By Ines San Martin, Crux
The hope is that the new conference will help “delineate a Church with an Amazonian face, and to continue the task of finding new paths for the evangelising mission,” according to a statement signed by Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) president Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, president of REPAM, the Church’s Amazonian network.
The new body will be an “ecclesial conference” as opposed to an “episcopal conference,” denoting that the newly created body will be composed of the laity, religious men and women, as well as bishops.
In the final document of last year's Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region, there was a request to create an ecclesial body for those who live in the in this unique biome that is located in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
The final steps for creating this new body were taken in a “virtual assembly” that was held on June 26-29, with participants from all the countries involved. The statement called this online gathering a “novelty of the Spirit, and is part of this hopeful Kairos that continues the synodal path to open new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology in the Pan-Amazonian region.”
Pope Francis, they said, has “accompanied this process closely.”
The new body will be headed by Cardinal Hummes. The executive committee includes three representatives of the Amazonian peoples, including a lay woman, a lay man and a religious sister.