‘Amazonia Common Home’: an area for Prayer & Dialogue

The Amaznia Common House will feature aspects of life in the rainforest

“Amazonia, Common Home,” is the title of a series of events accompanying the Synod of Bishops Amazonia, which opened yesterday in the Vatican (October 6-27).

The initiative was born in the course of the last Assembly of Bishops of Latin America (Aparecida, Brazil), and is being held from October 5-30,  in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina (Via della Conciliazione, 14) and in certain neighboring places.

It is “an area for prayer, dialogue, reflection and meeting, reads a press release of the organizers. “It is placed at the disposition of those that want to know and reflect further on the themes addressed by the Synodal Fathers; of those that wish to present and make known the reality of Amazonia and of its indigenous peoples.”

It’s an area reserved “for meetings, the presentation of books”, for “those that, through a photographic exhibitions, wish to show specific aspects of the Amazonian reality and for those that wish to pray, to meet and to learn about indigenous spirituality.”

A small operational secretariat of the “Amazon, Common Home,” was created to “coordinate all the different initiatives proposed, and to organize them on the Internet site,” indicated a press release.

Among the events that will take place in the framework of this initiative are: a Conference entitled “Amazonia Lived by Women: Care, Respect and Justice,” organized by the Talitha Kum international network of women religious against human trafficking and La Sapienza University (October 7, at 7:30 pm); the Video Forum “Impact of Great Projects on the Life of Free Persons,” organized by the Council of Indigenous Missionaries (October 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm); a photographic exhibition entitled “Lights and Shadows of the Colombian Amazonia,” presented by an Episcopal Conference and Caritas-Colombia (from October 21-25).