Work Toward an Amazonian Rite Moves Forward

The Spanish news source, Religion Digital, has reported that on September 1, representatives of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon (CEAMA) met with officials of the Vatican Dicastery for Divine Worship to present a report on their work toward developing an Amazonian Rite, as called for by the 2019 Synod on the Amazon. CEAMA has been in existence since 2020.

The sixteen-member nucleus devoted to developing an Amazonian rite divided their work into four different sub-commissions: Anthropological-Sociological and Spiritual, Historical-Cultural, Theological-Ecclesiological and Ritual-Juridical. The report described their work as studying the traditions, uses and customs of the peoples of the Amazon, and seeking to identify common underlying matrices within this complex socio-cultural-religious reality so that a rite can be drafted. The challenge of developing an “inculturation in interculturality” so that “the peoples, cultures and Church of the Amazon region recognize each other in this Amazonian Rite” was noted in the article.

The meeting was described as “friendly” and having a “good atmosphere.” Bishop Eugenio Coter, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Pando, in the Bolivian Amazon, presented the report. CEAMA’s president, Cardinal Pedro Barreto, and its executive secretary, Father Alfredo Ferro, SJ, were also present at the meeting. Representing the Dicastery for Divine Worship was the prefect, Cardinal Arthur Roche, as well as the secretary, Mons. Vittorio Francesco Viola, OFM, and the undersecretary, Mons. Aurelio García Macías.

You can read the whole report here.

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