Encyclical of Pope Francisco on the environment is presented in an indigenous village in the Amazon

17 th August 2015 - Vatican representative attended Mass in the village Kambeba

More than 100 people from different Rio Negro communities attended the event | Photo: Marina Souza
The Kambeba village located in the community Three States, Environmental Protection Area (APA) Rio Negro, received on Sunday (16) uma missa com apresentação da Encíclica do Papa Francisco ‘Laudato Si’, letter highlighting climate change and calls for urgent attention to the conservation of the Amazon. The event was sponsored by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), and with the participation of Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Vatican Academy of Social Sciences.
The Mass was held in a chapel on the banks of the River Cueiras, Bathing Indian village. Near 100 people from different communities of the Rio Negro were the tribe for the meeting.
A Encíclica ‘Laudato Si’ (SWT), launched in June this year, It is the first document of the Catholic Church which deals with environmental issues. The letter is directed to all people on the planet. at Mass, Church leaders in Brazil, Latin America and the representative took the message of the Pope to the Community.
in his homily, the Vatican representative also highlighted social injustice as one of the evils for the call “common home”. “? preciso mudar a nossa maneira de agir. The essence of the problem is the fossil fuels used by society. Even so, climate change and global warming affect more people, like here, who contribute least to the global problem, for using few fossil fuels”, said Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.
For the general superintendent of FAS, Virgilio Viana, take the Pope's message to the riverine communities is essential. “Three community States and other communities in the region, we have hundreds of forest guardians. ? um momento de agradecer a essas pessoas que cuidaram e vêm cuidando da floresta. The act of releasing part of the encyclical in the Amazon is a simple act, but it is very symbolic”, said.
The community leader, tuxaua Valdemir Triukuxuri, thanked the presence of Church representatives. “The Amazon is our mother. We we get this air, water, all we have. As the Pope said, we men are the destroyers of the Amazon, our mother, but can improve, have a new reborn, and take good care of our mother Amazon”, said.
The actress and environmental activist, Christiane Torloni, also attended the ceremony. Representative of the NGO Amazon Forever, the actress said that the message of the encyclical should be read by all, even non-Catholics. “The encyclical is an antidote that came to us, regardless of religion and belief that people have. ? um estímulo para que possamos fazer algo e para quem está fazendo é um sopro de esperança também. Time will tell what the encyclical is one of the most important books”, said.