Lorenzo Zelaschi
Photography

Synod for the Amazon and fires

Commitee: Diocesan Missionary Center of Bergamo  Date: Sep-Oct 2019  Place: Riberalta, Cobija, bolivian Amazon Rain Forest.

Thanks to the invitation for collaboration from the Diocesan Missionary
Center of Bergamo, I had the opportunity to spend a month and a half in
the Amazon forest area of northern Bolivia; especially in the Rio Negro
area, accompanying Monsignor Eugenio Coter – the Bishop of the
Vicariate of Pando – and Sister Ciria, to document, as part of the Synod for
the Amazon announced by Pope Francis, which took place in Rome from
6 to 27 just passed October, the social transformations of the indigenous
people in the natural context disturbed by the problem of the increasingly
intense deforestation and the numerous fires of the forest itself.
The people of this nation possess a strong sense of
humanity – the true and disruptive one, capable of dissolving
every shadow – which flows impetuously from the smile
and eyes of each person, with the ardor of a waterfall.
Simple people pervaded by good will are not lacking, and it
brings joy and hope to see the return of the teaching of St.
Francis, so close to indigenous spiritual traditions, capable
of instilling a deep love for nature; and, what is even more
beautiful, the words preached appear in small everyday gestures.

From what I have seen, Mons.Eugenio and Sister Ciria hold the
ranks of the spiritual life, which crosses and binds the various
communities that populate those regions, visiting, even if only
once a year because of the great distances, the individual villages.
In these places they celebrate mass, communion, baptism, etc …
But, beyond the rituals, the greatest pleasure for me has been to see
that all these actions have always been accompanied by great respect
for indigenous culture and spiritual traditions, an open mind, and a deep
desire for fusion and Human Brotherhood. From what I have seen, Mons.
Eugenio and Sister Ciria hold the ranks of the spiritual life, which crosses
and binds the various communities that populate those regions, visiting,
even if only once a year because of the great distances, the individual
villages. In these places they celebrate mass, communion, baptism, etc …
But, beyond the rituals, the greatest pleasure for me has been
to see that all these actions have always been accompanied by
great respect for indigenous culture and spiritual traditions, an
open mind, and a deep desire for fusion and human Brotherhood.