On the occasion of the Ecclesial Assembly of Latin America and the Caribbean, after the Synodal journey that began in the Amazon with the presence of representatives of various indigenous communities with Pope Francis, who delivered the Apostolic Exhortation Dear Amazonia, in which he shared his dreams for this land that reflects the beauty of God, took place the last of the discussions held in the framework of the Assembly. 

This conversation is a space for analysis and reflection on the synodality of the church and  the transition from the Aparecida document to Dear Amazonia. 

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Zully Rojas shared the background of the synodal journey of the Church in the Amazon, a region where a distinct spirituality has developed due to the memories of the native peoples and the dedicated lives of the missionaries. 

The synodal journey of the Church has been the result of a fraternal, communitarian and supportive relationship in spite of the political contexts, highlighting three important aspects in this journey: the events, the institutions and the people with the leadership of Pope Francis.

Father Alfredo Ferro Medina, presented the topic “A new way of serving the Church within the framework of caring for the life of communities and creation”. He presented a brief historical journey, “Where do we come from? which serves as a guide in the preparation of Querida Amazonía.

Knowing where we come from helps us to be clear about who we are and where we are? Thus, Father Ferro shared the current situation of the region, the background that led to the creation of the Synod for the Amazon and spoke about the dreams that Pope Francis has for the Amazon and that should help us to define where we are going?

To close the discussion, Father David Solano participated with the theme “Dear Mesoamerica: Dream of a region” a region full of diversity in every sense, which presents a challenge for the church from an attitude of contemplation and discernment. 

Father David shared with enthusiasm and hope the dreams of the region, important aspects of the current conditions of Mesoamerica that need to be driven by action, not only by the speech and the way to achieve the common good, where he invites us to act together to be, as Pope Francis says, a new us.

At the end of the conversation, an invitation was made to remain in prayer for the Ecclesial Assembly towards the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the 2000th anniversary of the resurrection of our Lord.

The invitation to accompany Pope Francis on his important trip to Scotland on the occasion of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change by signing and disseminating the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition was highlighted.