Eight years since the founding of the Pan

On the eighth anniversary of the founding of REPAM, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, its members make present the embodied spirituality that accompanies its birth and its journey promoting the Kingdom of life, in the care of the Amazonian peoples, territories and ecosystems


The Amazon is full of life and daily miracles that God performs in nature. In this large territory is the so-called Amazon basin, which pours its waters into the sea through a single river, the Amazon.

It is a river that does not form by itself, but rather receives water from various sources: snowmelt melting, springs, rain, mist, drops, swamps, lakes, puddles, visible and underground streams. In it circulate waters from nine countries – Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana – and that exceed their environmental limits, being an important living space for the existence and future of all humanity. .

“In this great ecosystem everything tries to live from its harmonious dynamics: human beings, flora, fauna, plant and animal species, water, minerals, forests, insects, microorganisms”

embodied spirituality

REPAM is like the Amazon River, which is formed from the experiences of many people, communities, parishes, vicariates, prelacies, dioceses, organizations, etc., remembering that “the presence of the Church in the Amazon basin does not It is that of someone with their suitcases ready to leave after having exploited everything within their reach”. Pope Francis stated in Rio de Janeiro on July 27, 2013:

“The Church has been present in the Amazon basin from the beginning… and it is still present and is crucial for the future of the area”

At the same time, it does not have importance only in itself, since it must carry these experiences until the construction of the Kingdom of God, knowing that from small drops we will come to constitute and reach the sea. In order for the harmony of REPAM to be maintained, we must all walk and navigate with a deep spirituality: from the authentic incarnation in reality – existential dimension – centered on the written Word and from the theological dimension (written and oral Word of God), with a prophetic-martyrial attitude and marked by a true identity that is, his Amazonian face.

This initiative stems from the action of the Holy Spirit who has guided and continues to guide the Church in the process of incarnating the Gospel in Pan-Amazon. The dynamism of REPAM requires the active participation of each of the ecclesial instances, be they local organizations or Churches, through the various initiatives, actions, proposals, projects and programs defined by the Network, joining forces, creating bridges of dialogue, cooperation and articulation between all the ecclesial actors present in the region.

Fountain of life

The Pan-Amazon is “a source of life in the heart of the Church”, responding to the appeal of the bishops gathered in Aparecida, to “establish among the local Churches of various South American countries, which are in the Amazon basin, a joint pastoral ministry with properties differentiated to create a development model that favors the poor and serves the common good”.

“The meeting of the waters in the Pan-Amazon must continue its path towards the construction of the Kingdom of God. For this, we must all get involved and feel that this is God’s call for the Amazonian peoples to have life to the full.”

Eight years since the founding of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network – Vatican News