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Pope Francis greets a woman Oct. 1, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

In Querida Amazonia, Pope Calls for Women in Church Leadership, But Not Diaconate

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon calls for women in the South American region to be included in new forms of service in the Church, but not within the ordained ministries of the permanent diaconate or priesthood.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Missionary Day Oct. 20, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Querida Amazonia: What Pope Francis Said, and Didn't, on Priesthood and Marriage

While Pope Francis was expected to focus in the apostolic exhortation published today on a proposal to ordain married priests in the Amazon region, the pope instead emphasized the importance of collaboration in apostolic ministry by Catholics in various states of life.

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of Amazon synod October 27, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA /

Pope Francis' Amazon Exhortation Calls for Holiness, Not Married Priests

Pope Francis published his response to the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod in an apostolic exhortation Wednesday. Despite widespread speculation following the synod, the pope does not call for married priests, but seeks to expand “horizons beyond conflicts.”

Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Amazon synod Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope's Exhortation on Amazon Synod to Come Out Next Week

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region will be published Feb. 12, the Vatican announced Friday.

Pope Francis speaks in the Vatican's synod hall, Oct. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Analysis: Will Francis Send Amazon Celibacy Decision up the River?

A leaked draft of an anticipated apostolic exhortation on the Amazon started a flurry of speculation last week that Pope Francis plans to allow the ordination of married men to the priesthood for ministry in the region.

A ceremony for the opening of the Amazon synod at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 7, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Leaked Amazon Synod Text on Priestly Ordination of Married Men a Draft

A text presented Friday by Roberto de Mattei of Corrispondenza Romana as a portion of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod is a draft, and not necessarily the final version, according to a Vatican source.

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Vatican: Pope Francis not in Favor of Optional Priestly Celibacy

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Francis’ position on priestly celibacy is “known,” quoting the pontiff’s remarks in a January 2019 press conference, in which he said he does not agree with making priestly celibacy “optional” in the Latin rite.

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Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah Pen Book on Priesthood, Celibacy, Crisis

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, have co-authored a book on the crisis in the Church and on priestly ministry.

Amazonian figure at Stations of the Cross Oct. 19. Credit: ACI Group. /

Austrian Man Claims he Threw 'Pachamama' Statues into the Tiber

In a video uploaded on YouTube Nov. 4, a young man from Austria claims that he was one of the two men who took five controversial statues from a church near the Vatican and threw them into the Tiber River.

Pope Francis with a new crosier for the Amazon synod closing Mass Oct. 27, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis decries ‘predatory models of development’ in Amazon synod closing Mass

Pope Francis denounced exploitation and “predatory models of development” that plunder the poor and wound “sister earth” in the Amazon Synod closing Mass Sunday. 

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Church must convert from cultural, ecological sins, Amazon synod concludes

The Amazon synod final document, published Saturday, laid out the need to define “ecological sins” while calling the Church to walk new paths of “integral conversion.”

Press briefing on the Amazon Synod at the Holy See press office. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Amazon synod document calls for married priests and increased role for women

The 33-page document, approved Oct. 26, is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome.

Pope Francis speaks in the Vatican's synod hall, Oct. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Pope asks for focus on 'diagnosis' of Amazon synod report; warns against ‘elite Christians’ focusing on the ‘little things’

In his closing remarks for the Amazon synod Saturday, Pope Francis urged the media not to give undue attention to aspects of the assembly's final report addressing Church discipline  while ignoring the assembly’s “diagnoses” of cultural, social, pastoral and ecological issues in the Pan-Amazonian region.

Left: Amazonian figure. Credit: ACI Prensa. Right: Pope Francis in the synod hall. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Pope Francis Apologizes that Amazon Synod 'Pachamama' Was Thrown into Tiber River

After controversial statues were thrown into Rome’s Tiber River, Pope Francis has issued an apology during Friday’s afternoon session of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Cardinal Turkson Says Ordination of Married Men May be Subject of Further Study 

Cardinal Peter Turkson said Monday that the ordination of married men will likely be the subject of further study for the universal Church after the Amazon synod. 

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Amazon Synod's Controversial Carved Figures Thrown into Tiber River

A video uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 21 shows two men taking several wooden figures of a nude pregnant woman from a church near the Vatican and throwing them into the Tiber River.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Missionary Day Oct. 20, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

On World Mission Day, Pope Urges Catholics to Share Christ's Love with All

Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this love with the world, Pope Francis said Sunday at Mass for World Mission Day.

A participant in the Vatican's Amazon synod is flanked by two members of the Swiss Guard. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

The Amazon Synod, by the Numbers

Here are a few facts about the Amazon synod, as told by the numbers.

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Cardinal Sarah: Ideological Push in Amazon Synod an 'insult to God'

The push by some Westerners to use the Vatican’s Amazon synod to advance their personal agendas is an insult to God and his plan for the Church, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an interview published this week.

Pope Francis with pilgrims and participants as the 2019 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon opens Oct. 7, 2019 in Rome. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Priestly Celibacy Discussed as Amazon Synod Gets Underway

Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church ordain married men - so called viri probati - in response to a shortage of priestly vocations in the Amazon region of South America.