‘40 Days Down the River’: Navigating Together Towards the Amazon Synod

REPAM’s Initiative

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The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) launched August 27, 2019, the initiative “40 Days Down the River: Navigating Together with God’s Good News towards the Amazonian Synod,” a series of daily reflections directed to all those that wish to enter in communion with the Synod. They are based on the Readings of the day, on the testimonies of people of the Amazon region and on Pope Francis’ invitations.

“Starting on August 27, we will navigate each day the Amazon’s rivers beginning with the Word, living testimonies of the region and Pope Francis’ invitations to feel in greater unity,” invites Mauricio Lopez, REPAM’s Executive Secretary.

Through its Web page and different channels, over 40 days REPAM will share these reflections, directed to all those who wish to reflect further on the care of our common home and knowledge of the Amazon, responding to Jesus’ call to “put out into the deep.”

Although not everyone can take part in the Synod on the Amazon, which will take place in Rome from October 6-27, 2019, REPAM is offering the way to do so spiritually, through the materials that will be made available daily, beginning August 27 until October 5 in different portals of the Catholic Church and also in Vatican News.

“An enormous preparation has been done for the Synod, in terms of organization, listening, and documents . . . but now it’s time to go into the deep, and to navigate in deeper waters, as Jesus Himself asks us,” encourages Mauricio Lopez in his video-message, published on August 26 by REPAM.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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