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Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology Promoter

Affiliate Scholar, Laudato Si' Research Institute and Campion Hall

Mauricio López Oropeza

Mauricio has been involved in enabling networking and pastoral action within the church throughout his career, inspired by his early experiences studying and later working with the Jesuits. Mauricio moved to Ecuador in 2009 as the Director of Cáritas Ecuador, and it was there that he first visited the Amazon basin - a transformative experience that has informed his life and work ever since. Mauricio went on to serve as Executive Secretary and co-founder of REPAM (Red Eclesial Panamazónica / the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network) which connects bishops’ conferences and church communities across the nine countries of the Amazon region. Mauricio was one of two non-bishops on the pre-synodal council responsible for preparations for the 2019 Amazon Synod. He participated in the Synod Assembly as an auditor.

Mauricio is now Executive Secretary of CEAMA (Conferencia Eclesial de la Amazonía / Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon) which is working to implement the proposals of the Amazon Synod. He is also Director of Networking and Programs for Pastoral Action at CELAM (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano / Conselho Episcopal Latino-Americano / Episcopal Council for Latin America and the Caribbean). In 2021, he was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

As the Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology promotor at the Laudato Si' Research Institute, Mauricio intends to foster, accompany, and articulate the emerging territorial ecclesiastical networks world-wide. The aim is to offer a space in which reflection, the exchange of experiences, and the possibility of creating thematic research groups will allow us to embody the Integral Ecology approach laid out in Laudato Si' and contribute to the reforms of the Catholic church at local, regional, and global levels. This work will be shaped by the lessons of the Amazon Synod and the concrete experience of REPAM, as well as the evolving processes coming from those in other territories such as the Congo basin, the Asia Pacific and Oceania tropical forests system, Mesoamerica, the Gran Chaco and the Guaraní aquifer, North America, and Europe. This territorial approach will present us with the opportunity to accompany the key itineraries for the reform of the Church, led by Pope Francis and in close collaboration with social movements, indigenous peoples' organisations, and key Vatican offices.

Mauricio is Mexican by birth, Ecuadorian by choice, and Amazonian by vocation. He is the former world president (2013-2018) and member of Christian Life Community CLC. Married to Ana Lucia Torres, he lives and works in Ecuador.