Amazon Synod 2019

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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

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes arrives for the afternoon session of the Amazon Synod, October 8, 2019.

New Amazon region 'ecclesial conference' created

Following a recommendation by the Amazon synod, a new “ecclesial conference” for the Amazon region was created Monday.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops of the USCCB's Region XIII at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2020.

Pope Francis discusses 'Querida Amazonia' with US bishops in Rome

Pope Francis this week discussed his new post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, with United States bishops in Rome for their... Read more

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Francis 'would be disappointed' by focus on priestly ordination of married men

The Archbishop of Armagh said Thursday that the pope's apostolic exhortation on the Amazon was foremost a call to preserve... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Sept. 16, 2019.

Archbishop Gomez welcomes 'Querida Amazonia'

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles commented Wednesday on Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod, emphasizing... Read more

Pope Francis greets a woman Oct. 1, 2014.

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... Read more

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

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... 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 at the opening Mass for the Amazon synod Oct. 6, 2019.

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.  Read more

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

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... Read more

A ceremony for the opening of the Amazon synod at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 7, 2019.

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... Read more

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

Synod relator advises bishops on presenting Amazon apostolic exhortation

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the relator general of the Amazon synod, sent a letter Monday to some ordinaries indicating that the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

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... Read more

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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... Read more

Newly ordained priests are vested during their Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a 'wrong choice'

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who served as Vicar General of Rome for 17 years and was a close collaborator of St.... 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

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’

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