Pope Francis joined virtually in the event through a video message sent to Peruvian Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte of Trujillo, the president of the Episcopal Council of Latin America (CELAM).
In his message, the Pope noted the importance of the first-ever regional Church assembly, which will unite clergy and lay faithful in discerning the needs and pastoral direction of the local Church.
“We have much to learn,” he said. “This is a meeting of the people of God: lay men and women, religious men and women, priests, bishops. All the people of God walking together: praying, speaking, thinking, discussing, and seeking the will of God.