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Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of Amazon synod October 27, 2019.

Pope Francis says Amazon synod was for discernment, not fighting on married priests

Pope Francis did not approve a proposal to ordain married men in the Amazon region because the idea was discussed,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of Amazon synod October 27, 2019.

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... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dec. 21, 2018.

Analysis: On celibacy, what Benedict cannot say and Francis mustn't hear

What the two reactions to a new book from Benedict point to is a fault-line, not for or against Pope... Read more

Amazonian figure at Stations of the Cross Oct. 19.

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... Read more

Pope Francis with a new crosier for the Amazon synod closing Mass Oct. 27, 2019.

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

 Press briefing on the Amazon Synod at the Holy See press office.

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.  Read more

José Ángel Divassón Cilveti speaks at an Amazon synod press conference at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2019.

Amazon Synod bishop: The Gospel brings new concepts to cultures, like forgiveness

While the Vatican’s Synod of Bishop on the Amazon discusses the idea of “inculturating” the Gospel’s proclamation with local culture,... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Synod of Bishops on youth Oct. 3, 2018.

Analysis: The Amazon and Germany - A tale of two synods

For the next two months, most of the ink spilled by Catholic journalists will be dedicated to the Amazon, and... Read more

The Amazon river.

Amazon missionary bishop: Synod plans miss the real problems

A long-time missionary bishop of the Amazon River delta has said that the working document for an upcoming synod of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks inside the synod hall of the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Ordination of married men 'absolutely not' main theme of Amazon synod

The ordination to the priesthood of mature, married men, sometimes called viri probati, is among the topics to be addressed... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Full text of Cardinal Mueller's analysis on the working document of the Amazon synod

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 and 2017, presented... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller criticizes 'false teaching' on revelation in Amazon synod doc

That the working document for October’s Synod of Bishops calls the Amazon region a source of revelation is a “false... Read more

Pope Francis in the gateway to Peru's Madre de Dios region in the Amazon January 19, 2018.

Analysis: The Amazon synod and the English language

The recent history of Church synods suggests that the results of the Amazon meeting will likely not match the intensity... Read more

Pope Francis in the gateway to Peru's Madre de Dios region in the Amazon January 19, 2018.

Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men

The working document for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-amazonian region, released Monday, recommends study... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Peoples of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado on January 19, 2018.

Pan-Amazonian synod doc leaves door open to married priests proposal

A preparatory document for next year's Pan-Amazonian synod was released Friday, indicating that key themes for the meeting will be... Read more