REPAM statement on the serious situation in Amazonia

26 August 2019

REPAM statement remarks that in these days, fires in the Pan Amazon have taken on extreme dimensions. gravity. What has happened has provoked reactions in the most different countries of the world, that through their governments have expressed their concern and demanded a reaction from their governments. The Church has also raised its voice for the Amazon through its different organisms, including CIDSE.

The REPAM (Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network) statement on the serious situation in Amazonia has been originally published in Spanish and Portuguese, and signed in synodal communion by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM President, Cardinal Pedro, Barreto, SJ. Vice President and Mauricio López, Executive Secretary. It expresses that “fires in the Pan Amazon have taken on extreme dimensions. gravity” and that this “has provoked reactions in the most different countries of the world, that through their governments have expressed their concern and demanded a reaction from their governments”. REPAM highlights that “the Church has also raised its voice for the Amazon through its different organisms. There are several notes published in recent days by different Episcopal Conferences and by the Latin American Episcopal Council itself – CELAM which integrates all the bishops of the region, as well as for Religious Life, to through the Latin American Confederation of Religious – CLAR, Cáritas America Latina, Adveniat, CIDSE, Civilta Cattolica, Vatican News, Global Catholic Climate Movement and many more.”

Finally, the statement expresses that “Pan Amazon Ecclesial Network – REPAM, is aware that “at present, the climate change and the increase in the human intervention (deforestation, fires, and floods). changes in land use) are driving the Amazon to a point of no return.” (IL 16). For this reason, we are deeply grateful for the closeness to the critical situation in the entire Amazon, especially in Brazil and Bolivia in these days with huge fires. and the whole process towards the Amazonian Synod, and we join with the different in line with the Magisterium of Pope Francis call upon the whole of the Church to be to make us aware of the serious threats of this situation and to make us aware of the that we commit ourselves to the care of the common house by raising our voices and finding ways In this context, it is important to take concrete, but firm, peaceful action, demanding that this situation be brought to an end”.