AMERICA/PERU - Reflections of the Bishops of Amazonia on the Encyclical Fratelli tutti

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 fratelli tutti   evangelization   amazon  


Puerto Maldonado (Agenzia Fides) - "The text of the new Encyclical Fratelli tutti fits perfectly with the Encyclical Laudato Sì (2015), appealing to the whole world to take care of the Common Home. Now the Pope calls us to live in fraternity, to cultivate social friendship in the world. In a world without borders, where the focus is to build a better and more just world". It is in this spirit, a week after the publication of the Encyclical Fratelli tutti of Pope Francis that the Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Practical Application (CAAAP) has set up an interesting initiative. The Bishops of the Peruvian Amazon held a virtual public event aimed at analyzing the Pope's new text "from an Amazonian perspective". To this end, a coincidence was noted: Fratelli tutti has eight chapters, a number equal to that of the Bishops of the Peruvian forest, allowing each Bishope to reflect and analyze a chapter of the Encyclical, seeking to actualize it to one own’s pastoral and social situation.
Through the confrontation on the Internet, the Bishops shared this interesting work while it was possible to travel virtually along the entire Peruvian forest, from north to south of the Peruvian Amazon.
Mgr. José Javier Travieso, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of San José del Amazonas, absent for health reasons, but sent his reflection on the first chapter of the new Encyclical which was shared by Mgr. Jesús María Aristín, responsible for the Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas. Then, the Diocesan Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos, Mgr. Miguel Fuertes, Augustinian missionary with more than 30 years of experience in the north of the Peruvian Amazon, commented on the second chapter. Mgr. Juan Bautista Oliver, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Requena, provided his contribution on the third chapter, while Mgr. Jesús María Aristín, Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas, who will be consecrated Bishop in December, analyzed the fourth chapter.
The Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jaén, Mgr. Alfredo Vizcarra, Coordinator of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network in Peru, focused on the analysis of the fifth chapter of Fratelli Tutti while Mgr. Gerardo Zerdín, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Ramón and Franciscan missionary for more than forty years among the indigenous populations of the central forest of Peru, focused on the sixth chapter.
From the capital of the department of Ucayali, the Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Pucallpa, Mgr. Martín Quijano Sdb, focused on the seventh chapter. The Salesian missionary said that the Pope "invites us to create paths of peace in order to heal our wounded world and our society". The commentary on the eighth and last chapter and the closing of the event which brought together, thanks to the Internet, the Bishops of the Peruvian Amazon, was held by Mgr. David Martínez de Aguirre, bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 14/10/2020)