Querida Amazonia

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

Feb 12, 2020

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

Feb 12, 2020

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

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.”