After a full day visiting parishes in Metro Belém do Pará, Compass Rose Society members joined representatives of the Amazonian Council of Christian Churches and attended an Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

After a brief moment of prayer led by Bishop Saulo Barros, the Rev. Marcos Barros invited worshippers to say their church affiliation. There were Roman Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, several other Christians and also representatives of the Focolare movement, of the Ecumenical Center for Biblical Studies, of the Amazonian Association of Religion and of an Inter-Religious Committee.

During the presentation, the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, mentioned that part of is work consists of Ecumenism and Inter-Faith dialogue. He emphasized the importance such theme has among Christians at the moment. Lutheran Pastor Cibele Kuss explained to all a bit of the development of ecumenical relationships in the Amazon, which have started through the defense of political prisoners. This is to day a very strong emphasis of Ecumenism in this region.

Bishop Poole then told the group about the Compass Rose Society’s origin and its role in the Anglican Communion. He also emphasized how important the current visit is to all of them.

After the event, all went to the parish hall, where they enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Cathedral congregation parishioners. As noticed by one of the visitors, one of the most important expressions of friendship is being able to sit at the same table and share a meal.


The Rt. Rev. Saulo Barros

Diocesan Bishop – Diocese of the Amazon

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