Vatican City, Oct 24, 2019 / 09:18 am
An indigenous Peruvian who is participating in the Amazon synod said Thursday that if Catholics in the region are to have their own rite, then without question Christ must be at its center.
"The center that unites us now in this synod is Jesus Christ, defending natural life. There is nothing else," Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri said Oct. 24. "We have our rites, if we have our rites, but what must be incorporated into the center is Jesus Christ, there is nothing else to discuss on this subject."
Siticonatzi, who is a member of the Ashaninka people and teaches at a university for indigenous in Peru, was responding to questions about a proposal made during the synod of creating an "Amazonian rite".
Speaking during a press conference on the Amazon synod, which ends Sunday, he said he could see some people looking worried, or doubtful, about the idea that the indigenous seek answers "as indigenous."