COMMUNITY OF PUERTO MALDONADO – MARZO NEWSLETTER

* Interview with the Sisters of the Community and Pastoral Agents [one]

ALBERTO : WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CALL FOR THIS ECCLESIAL EVENT RELATED TO THE AMAZON?

It was time. It is a cry of the earth and of those who live in this territory. I believe that the visit of Pope Francis to our territory of Puerto Maldonado, is helping a lot. Native Amazonians need to make our voices heard . We are losing our identity , our language, our customs and the Church has to continue accompanying the Native Communities so as not to get completely lost.

GLORIA : WHAT YOU COULD SAY ABOUT THE CALL FOR THE SYNOD?

Many times I have asked myself “how we have come to him”, “why Pope Francis has summoned him”. And I have no doubt that it is a work of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Bishops of the Amazonian Vicariates and the REPAM have played an important role in the convocation. And as other people have indicated, the visit of Pope Francis to Peru and our Region, has enhanced the interest and commitment to this reality. It is an opportunity for the Church and especially for our Apostolic Vicariate, to look at us with objectivity and to strengthen the Indigenous Pastoral and the accompaniment of the Native Communities.

LOURDES: AMAZON HAS A synod WORKING DOCUMENT IS STUDIED BY THE COMMUNITY AND BY VARIOUS AGENTS AND CHURCH WHAT CIVIL SOCIETY HAS THE STUDY OF THIS DOCUMENT LEFT AS A CONTRIBUTION ?

In fact, we have studied in community and we have prioritized some questions for dialogue with different pastoral agents and civil society people , in relation to problems and alternative solutions. The latter has been very good, because it has allowed us to have reliable and first- hand information about the problems in this Amazon Region , hear different voices and critical assessments of the Church’s journey in this territory; and it is that “the new roads” that we want to travel, as the document says, must have all the people of God.

On a personal level, I feel sensitized to continue with the study, since it has allowed us to go beyond the document and do another type of complementary bibliographical research. I follow up on what happens in the different national and local presinodal assemblies ; and from my position in the Table of Concertation for the fight against poverty-MCLCP- I also seek to articulate what has to do with the Amazon and add to other efforts for the good of the Indigenous people.

It is a privileged time in which the Amazon continues to be seen in its problems and possibilities, not only for the nine countries of the Amazon Basin, but for the universal Church.

ERMELINDA : HOW DID YOU APPRECIATE THIS WORK STAGE WAY TO THE SYNOD?

Peoples need to make our culture visible, not only for others to recognize my identity, but also for those who have different cultural roots and who have been made invisible , take care of and rescue their own without being ashamed. The spaces for assemblies and other meetings along the lines of the Synod have allowed me to confirm that in Pope Francis we have a great ally. I am listening to some indigenous leaders remember their words and the assignment they left to the Church in their visit to Puerto Maldonado . I hope that we will continue advancing in the recognition of the rights of the Original Peoples and the care of the common home.

YESICA: HOW DO YOU SEE THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE WOMAN TO THE WORK OF THE SYNOD?

When the Pope convened the Synod and we were informed that he was coming to Puerto Maldonado, I felt immense joy. Then I must admit that I have been regarded as indigenous women to participate in different spaces presinod ales and other meetings, to share our wisdom. The welcome greeting to the Pope was prepared and presented in an equitable manner with another male leader and has had a positive impact.

We have much to contribute; because indigenous women has some knowledge, that has not been made public, they have been more on domestic life is s Community; what is talked about is male leadership; but there is also female leadership. The woman is in charge of the care of the farm; know the secrets to sow, harvest and preserve the seeds; That is why the food security of the family and the community is in their hands. Also the designs of the craft come alive and dynamism , because they are created mostly by us. We are creative and strong . It is true that we want this female participation to continue increasing.

ZULLY : DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL RESONANCE ON THE DOCUMENT YOU HAVE STUDIED?

This “working document” is a valid instrument that has allowed us to approach an unknown world, above all ignored by a large part of the population and authorities of the country . D above all who have been known and spoken in some native units of the Vicariate , in addition to the various pastoral agents . Their clamor and dreams are included in the Summary made as REPAM. This year we will reach other native communities with the same objective; for the Synod is on the way.

We are part of this Missionary Church that wishes with all our heart to resume the journey with our Native Sisters and Brothers, respecting their rhythms and welcoming their Wisdom, discovering God made Amahuaca , Yine , Harakbut , Shipibo, Quichwa , Machiguenga, Ese Eja … This spiritual itinerary initiated with the convocation of the Synod is gaining strength and various courses such as the rivers and roads of our Amazon.

[one] Mr. Alberto Ynuma Fernández, Amahuaca Ethnic Group , Boca Pariamanu Community . Member of the Itinerant Team and the Indigenous Pastoral of the Vicariate.

* Sr. Gloria Márquez Morte , MDR – Filipina Community of Puerto Maldonado. Secretary of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado.

* Sr. Lourdes Pérez Torrecilla, MDR – Spanish. Community of Puerto Maldonado. Coordinator of the MCLCP.

* Sr. Ermelinda Nachimbia , MDR – Angolan. C ommunity of Puerto Maldonado . Indigenous Pastoral and Home Shelter.

* Sr. Zully Rojas Quispe, MDR – Peruana. Community of Puerto Maldonado. Indigenous Pastoral, Traveling Team of the Low Mother of God.

*Mrs. Yesica Patiachi, Ethnicity Harakbut, Master Communication Boca Colorado, a member of the Indigenous Pastoral.

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