Bogotà (Agenzia Fides) - On the occasion of the second anniversary of the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (February 2, 2020), "a source of joy and hope for the Church in Latin America and in the Caribbean", the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), with a message signed by its President, Mgr Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, OFM, Archbishop of Trujillo, reaffirms the commitment to embrace the four dreams that the Amazon inspired in the Holy Father: the social dream, the cultural dream, the ecological dream and the ecclesial dream".
"In communion with the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon (Ceama) and with the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (Repam), CELAM has embraced these dreams in its recent process of renewal and restructuring - underlines the Archbishop - taking them as a 'cornerstone' and a permanent reference of its priority axes, around the centrality of Jesus Christ and as an expression of our commitment to human development and integral ecology, and with an outgoing synodal and missionary Church". The President of CELAM then emphasizes that the projects and work of the organization's four Pastoral Centers, which have emerged in the light of renewal, "are nourished by the Pontifical Magisterium that we receive through 'Querida Amazonia' and seek to be an effective response to the prophetic cries of the poor and of Mother Earth, through the inculturation of the Gospel in the territories, the defense of the rights of peoples and ancestral cultures, from which we have much to learn".
The message concludes by entrusting to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Amazon, the original peoples and all those who live in the Pan-Amazon region, and asking her for the necessary help to be faithful to the four dreams of Pope Francis, "for an Amazon without evils, guarantee of the future for current and future generations". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 14/2/2022)