AMERICA/ECUADOR - CELAM meeting of indigenous pastoral workers

Thursday, 4 April 2019 indigenous   missionary animation   celam  

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Latacunga (Agenzia Fides) - The meeting of indigenous pastoral workers, organized by the CELAM Department of Culture and Education, is taking place in Latacunga, Ecuador, from 1 to 6 April, through its executive secretary, father Jorge Ivan Alvarez Gómez. The objective of the meeting is to share the reality of indigenous peoples in Latin America and the useful pastoral proposals to consolidate the presence of the Church.
Coordinated by the Bishop Emeritus of San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico), Mgr. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, the participants will give life to a discernment on the specific criteria of pastoral care, in the light of the universal and Latin American Magisterium. The type of pastoral ministry that the Church currently carries out with and for the indigenous peoples will be analyzed, as well as the challenges posed by the social, economic, political, cultural and religious reality of each country.
Following this line, the magisterium of the Popes will be analyzed, who have repeatedly spoken about the processes of inculturation of the Gospel among indigenous peoples, including St. Pius X, St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
At the end of the meeting, the pastoral proposals for the Bishops' Conferences of the region will be defined. These initiatives will therefore arise from pastoral workers who have the wealth of having received the gift of faith in their native family, which can be considered a double wealth to be shared.
According to the organizers' indications, particular importance will be given to the experiences of indigenous inculturation in the Mexican diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, to the analysis of the work plan of the CELAM Department of Culture and Education as far as indigenous peoples are concerned, and to the presentation of regional pastoral proposals. The Via Crucis will also be celebrated with local indigenous communities. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/4/2019)