Invoking the Holy Spirit, they commit themselves "personally and communally" to 15 points, including the commitment "to abandon... all types of colonist mentality and posture," instead "welcoming and valuing cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity in a respectful dialogue with all spiritual traditions."
The signatories denounce violence against the autonomy and rights of native people and their ways of life and state a commitment to "announce the liberating novelty of the Gospel of Jesus in welcoming the other and the one who is different."
A commitment was also stated to "walk ecumenically with other Christian communities in the inculturation and liberating proclamation of the Gospel with other religions and people of good will…"
They promise to establish "a synodal lifestyle" in their particular churches, in which representatives of native people, missionaries, and other lay people have a "voice and vote" in everything "that concerns the governance of the communities."
They commit to recognize and value the work already being done in ecclesial ministries in their communities and to move from "pastoral visits to pastoral presence," "ensuring the right to the Table of the Word and the Table of the Eucharist…"
The bishops promise, as well, to recognize the service and "real diakonia" of women in the Amazon, and to "consolidate them with an adequate ministry of women leaders in the community."
Several of the points refer to the protection of our "Common Home," making the promise to live a simple and "happily sober lifestyle" in the face of consumerism and "extreme global warming and the depletion of natural resources."
They promise to "defend the Amazon jungle" by cutting down on their production of waste and their use of plastic, and by using public transportation whenever possible.
The bishops who signed the pact call themselves not "the owners of Mother Earth, but rather the sons and daughters," and commit themselves "to an integral ecology in which all is interconnected, the human race and all creation, because all beings are sons and daughters of the earth and over them the Spirit of God moves (Gen 1:2)."
They declare their commitment to renew the preferential option for the poor in their churches, especially for native peoples, and to help them to "preserve their lands, cultures, languages, stories, identities and spiritualities."
The signatories also promise to "cultivate true friendships with the poor, visit the simplest people and the sick, exercise the ministry of listening, comfort and support that bring encouragement and renew hope."
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The pact closes by saying they place themselves under the protection of the prayers of the Church, and they request to be helped with the intercession, affection, and "when necessary, with the charity of fraternal correction," of their ecclesial communities.
Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic News Agency's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State University in Missouri.