Amazon Synod 2019

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Amazonian figure at Stations of the Cross Oct. 19.

Austrian man claims he threw 'Pachamama' statues into the Tiber

Nov 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus, Courtney Mares

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

Oct 26, 2019

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

Pope Francis speaks in the Vatican's synod hall, Oct. 7, 2019.

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

Oct 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his closing remarks for the Amazon synod Saturday, Pope Francis urged the media not to give undue attention to... Read more

A statue displayed in Santa Maria in Traspontina.

Analysis: Why 'Pachamama' took a dip

Oct 26, 2019

By JD Flynn

The “Pachamama” splash heard ‘round the world is evidence that among some Vatican leaders, a commitment to 'dialogue' is still... Read more

Left: Amazonian figure.

Pope Francis apologizes that Amazon synod 'Pachamama' was thrown into Tiber River

Oct 25, 2019

After controversial statues were thrown into Rome’s Tiber River, Pope Francis has issued an apology during Friday’s afternoon session of... Read more

Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler, OFM.

‘A path is open for the ordination of women’ synod bishop claims 

Oct 25, 2019

By Ed Condon

A Brazilian bishop has called for the ordination of women to the diaconate for service in the Amazon region. The... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unit.

Cardinal Koch: the Gospel must incorporate and purify culture

Oct 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The head of the Vatican’s Christian unity office says inculturation of the Gospel is a necessary part of evangelization, but... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn.

Who writes the Amazon synod's final report?

Oct 22, 2019

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn explained Monday that the final document at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon will be... Read more

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.

Cardinal Turkson says ordination of married men may get further study 

Oct 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Peter Turkson said Monday that the ordination of married men will likely be the subject of further study for... Read more

Bishops and other attendees at Mass inside the Catacombs of Domitilla in Rome Oct. 20, 2019.

Amazon synod bishops sign new version of Vatican II-era 'Catacombs Pact'

Oct 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the Roman catacombs Sunday morning, some bishops participating in the Amazon synod signed a pact about how they want... Read more


Amazon synod's controversial carved figures thrown into Tiber River

Oct 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A video uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 21 shows two men taking several wooden figures of a nude pregnant woman... Read more

Via Amazonian Crucis in the Vatican. Photo: Anthony Johnson/CNA

Amazonian 'Way of the Cross' prayed during Vatican's Amazon synod

Oct 20, 2019

An “Amazonian Stations of the Cross” was prayed outside the Vatican Saturday, organized as part of a set of semi-official... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Missionary Day Oct. 20, 2019.

On World Mission Day, pope urges Catholics to share Christ's love with all

Oct 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this... Read more

Bishop Jose Luis Azcona.

Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy

Oct 17, 2019

A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region... Read more

Female figure at the Synod of Bishops at the Amazon.

Analysis: A pink dolphin, a carved image, and inculturation at the Amazon synod

Oct 16, 2019

By JD Flynn

At a “moment of Amazon spirituality” Oct. 16, in a church just down the street from St. Peter’s Square, a... Read more

Female figures at the Synod of Bishops at the Amazon.

Vatican communications official: Carved figure at Amazon synod not Virgin Mary

Oct 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Giacomo Costa, a communications official for the Amazon synod, said Wednesday a wooden figure of a nude pregnant woman,... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope names members of drafting committee for Amazon synod final doc

Oct 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday made four personal nominations of members to the group responsible for drafting the final document of the... 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

Oct 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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