Meeting of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM) - Rome, 2 and 3 March 2015 -All documents available

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Press conference for the presentation of REPAM

On March, 2 at 11 am, the press conference to present the REPAM was held at the Press Room of the Holy See. The interventions and dialogue that was then established with the assembly allowed to present the network, its priorities, the way it intends to place itself at the service of the activities that the Church already plays in the Amazon region and with the peoples living there. The Amazon region -  shared by many States - is the subject of serious concerns about respect for human rights, socio-economic development, environmental protection and exploitation of natural resources.

Eighty people attended the Press Conference, among those  representatives of the press and members of REPAM, religious representatives of several congregations, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, representatives of associations.  To them, the memory book of the founding meeting of the Network (held in September 2014 in Brasilia under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace) was given as a present.

The opening speech of the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson.

The Bulletin of the Press Office of the Holy See and all interventions.

The press release with the programme of the Meeting.

Coordinating work of REPAM

 the Meeting for the internal coordination of REPAM took place.

Specifically, the issues on the table were: the link between REPAM and Church at the local level (especially with dioceses); the presence of international networks, such as Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE, in the life of REPAM and in raising awareness in the public in many countries about the problems of the Amazon region; possible actions of political and institutional impact that REPAM could play, particularly with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights; communication strategies of REPAM inward and outward; the need to enhance spirituality and traditional knowledge of the peoples of the region. Among the concerns repeatedly emerged: the behavior of mining and hydrocarbons industries, the way they treat or consider many indigenous peoples, poverty in urban areas and the challenge to propose an alternative model of economic development, sustainable and equitable for the Amazon region.

Some participants called for a meeting of all the Bishops of the Amazon (about 90, two thirds of whom are Brazilians).

The meeting was attended by about forty people, including observers of the Church come from Asia, Europe and Africa.

The opening speech of the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson.

The reflection on Ecology by Fr. Michael Czerny SJ [ENG] - [ESP], who, at the end of the meeting, was appointed commissioner of the Executive Committee of REPAM.

The website Ecclesial Panamazzonica:  www.redamazonica.org