Pan-Amazonian Synod

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

Feb 12, 2020

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.”

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

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

Nov 4, 2019

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.

An indigenous woman from the Amazon region hands Pope Francis a plant during the closing Mass of the Synod / Vatican Media

Did Pan-Amazonian Synod Opportunities Evade First Missionaries in Africa?

Oct 31, 2019

Days after the three-week Pan-Amazonian Synod concluded at the Vatican, an Ivorian religious missionary priest is of the opinion that the kind of opportunities utilized by the fathers of the recently concluded Synod were missed out by the Church in Africa, particularly at the time of implanting the Catholic faith gospel on the African continent.

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

Oct 27, 2019

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

A wooden cross in the rainforest. Stock photo via Shutterstock.

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

Oct 26, 2019

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

Oct 26, 2019

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