(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the participants in the meeting of the Ecclesial Pan-Amazonian Network in Brasilia, Brazil, which concludes Friday, Sept. 12. Signed by the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the message is addressed to Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno S.J., of Huancayo, Colombia, who is the president of the Council of Latin American Bishops' Conferences' (CELAM) Department of Justice and Solidarity.
In the Message, the Holy Father expresses his joy at seeing the results of his appeal for the creation of an innovative network dedicated specifically to ecological matters related to the Amazon and his hopes for the outcome of the initiative. Pope Francis goes on to say that the network must find its main sourse of strength in the people who comprise it. “It is not enough to circulate on digital 'paths',” he writes. “It is necessary for this connection to be accompanied by true encounter: we cannot live alone, closed up in ourselves; we need to love and be loved, and we need tenderness. Only in this way can Christian witness, thanks to this network, reach the existential peripheries of humanity, facilitating the work of Christian leaven and bringing progress to the living cultures of Amazonia and their values.”