Church Holds Synod on the Amazon and Its People

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Historic synod looks at ministry, mission, ecology
and indigenous rights and culture in the Amazon


In October 2019, Pope Francis convened a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region to address the urgent environmental and social issues affecting that vast region and its millions of inhabitants.

The synod’s main objective, Pope Francis said, was “to find new ways for the evangelization of that portion of the People of God, especially the indigenous, often forgotten and without a perspective of a good future, also for the cause of the crisis of the Amazonian forest, lung of fundamental importance for our planet.”

The Amazon Synod, as is usually called, took place from October 6 to 27, 2019. Read the following Catholic News Service stories on the synod:

Amazon Synod is a time to listen and discern, pope says

Ministry, Ecology, Indigenous Are Key Themes at Start of Amazon Synod

God in All Things: Amazon Synod Looks at Indigenous ‘Theology of Creation’

Indigenous Culture May Enrich Catholic Liturgy

Featured Image: People walk to their seats after presenting offertory gifts to Pope Francis during the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 6, 2019. (CNS/Paul Haring)


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