- May 28, 2020
According to the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), the people of the Amazon region are more at risk to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, due to the lack of proper educational system and to the inaccessibility to adequate hygienic and sanitary services.
For anyone inclined to question the need for the synod, or to politicize it, layman Mauricio Lopez in Ecuador has a simple message: “Come live in one of these remote communities for a year.”
Mauricio López, Executive Secretary of REPAM, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, said, “We must understand the synod as a call to conversion, change, which the pope is doing, but also look beyond.” He says, “it is not enough to thank the pope.” Instead he thinks the important thing is that from the fruits of the synod, “comes a deep commitment of fraternity, discernment and ecclesial articulation, involving also people of good will, so that what gives us so much hope today, is sustainable in time and becomes something that can last for a lifetime. If not, the synod will remain as an opportunity, a place for great ideas that never came to fruition.”