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    Indigenous peoples denounce State abuses and ask the Jesuit General to communicate to the Pope

    San Ignacio de Moxos, 16 July 2018 (ANF). - After learning of the concerns and problems faced by the indigenous people of the region of Beni, Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa SJ, promised on Monday to do his utmost so that the indigenous peoples of the world, especially those of the Amazon region, can make their voices heard at the next Pan-Amazonian Synod convened by Pope Francis in October 2019.
    "It seems to me that this meeting is a very important moment for you, the indigenous peoples of Beni and the peoples of the entire Amazon region and other peoples of the world, to make your voice heard loudly because the Holy Father is putting a good microphone, a good sound, so that your voice can be heard on the planet," said Fr Sosa during the meeting held in the town of San Ignacio de Moxos, Beni.
    Previously, the leaders and representatives of the Mojeño Ignaciano, Mojeño Trinitario, Tacana, Chimán, Movima, Guarayo, Yuracaré and other peoples participated in the Andean Regional Forum "Models of Development in the Amazon", in whose development the reality of the indigenous peoples of the lowlands and their development proposals were made known.
    The culminating moment of this event was the meeting with the representative of the Society of Jesus. It was a moment of reflection in which the indigenous peoples expressed their concerns and denounced that they are the object of atrocities suffered at the hands of a State that, according to their denunciation, would promote policies of dispossession of their ancestral lands and fail to respect the Political Constitution of the State itself (CPE).
    The indigenous peoples also asked Father General, who arrived in the country on a special visit that will end on July 19, to inform Pope Francis about the problems that are happening in the country.
    Fr. Arturo Sosa said he was very happy to arrive in a "sacred territory" to which the Jesuits had long since arrived. He said that he was moved by this reality and that it is a problem that affects several peoples living in the Amazon and around the world.
    A request that was accepted by Father Sosa: "I hope that this meeting will help us to maintain a spiritual communication and to reinforce each other. On behalf of the Society of Jesus and on my own behalf, we will do everything we can to ensure that this moment of the Synod truly becomes a kind of resonance, a cry that can be heard in all parts of the world.
    "That story of being trampled on for defending your rights, for defending the life of a tradition that belongs to you, is also the reality of the peoples of North America and of many peoples on this continent. But also in Asia and Africa. There are other indigenous peoples there who are suffering the same situation," he said.
    The leader of the Jesuits shared with those present an explanation of the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod 2019, an event he described as a "transcendental" meeting whose title: "Amazonia: A New Path for the Church and for an Integral Ecology", shows the Pope's interest in touching the reality in which millions of indigenous people around the world live.
    "The Pope pointed out very clearly that the interest in convening this Synod is to draw attention to the indigenous peoples, to the need to preserve the immense wealth that the cultural life of the indigenous peoples represents. And through that, about the need to preserve the immense wealth that the cultural variety of indigenous peoples represents," he said.
    Fr. Arturo Sosa also said that "through this claim and recognition of indigenous cultures", it will be possible to "teach humanity how to create a harmonious relationship with nature".
    "Teach us how a human culture can live in peace among its brothers and sisters and with nature. You know better than anyone how the civilization we have today and our development models are destroying the earth and water, they are destroying life and diversity," he added.
    Finally, Fr Sosa asked the indigenous peoples not only to make their voices of regret and protest heard, but also to express their hope that the world can change and that respect for cultural diversities and indigenous peoples allows for a fundamental "harmonious relationship".
    "I believe that the main voice you can offer to the world and to the Church is a voice of hope, a voice of the future. This seed, which has been planted for so long, can produce new life for the next generations, to rescue lifestyles, ways of living together," he added.

    Source: Fides News Agency

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