Panama (Agenzia Fides) - Last week, with a special assembly of the Bishops' Conference, the Catholic Church in Panama set out to study and implement Document of Aparecida, Bishop José Luis Lacunza, president of the Bishops' Conference of Panama reported. "The Great Continental Mission is not an event with an established put the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean in a permanent state of mission", the Bishop said.
Archbishop José Dimas Cedeño of Panama said this is an important time for the Church in Panama "to strive to understand the document, and make it known so it may become life and reality in our dioceses and parishes, our communities and in every member of the Church called to be really and concretely disciples and missionaries of Christ". Moreover the Church in Panama is living a providential moment in preparation for celebrations to mark 500 years since its establishment in 1513 and with the implementation of the Aparecida Document over the next five years. Archbishop Cedeño said the celebration "preparation from 2008 will foster awareness that we were the first Church established on mainland American."
Executive secretary of the Bishops' Conference and Auxiliary of Panama Bishop José Ulloa, said the fruit of the assembly was creation of diocesan commissions to encourage the work of study and implementation, and then the formation of a national commission to accompany and sustain the implementation of the Aparecida Document. Next year, at the end of the first Bishops' Conference Assembly scheduled for January, there will be the presentation of a calendar and general plan for the coming five years. Besides preparations to celebrate 500 years of the Church in Panama next year there will also be initiatives for the Year of Saint Paul, a Synod of the Word of God, and a National Mission. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 9/11/2007; righe 23, parole 325)