Amazon Synod 2019

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A statue displayed in Santa Maria in Traspontina.

Analysis: Why 'Pachamama' took a dip

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

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 

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

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?

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 

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Dom Adriano Ciocca Vasino of São Félix, Brazil.

Bishop in Brazil says he will ordain women to diaconate if pope permits it

A bishop participating in the Vatican’s Amazon Synod said Saturday he would ordain women in his communities as deacons if... Read more

A participant in the Vatican's Amazon synod is flanked by two members of the Swiss Guard.

The Amazon synod, by the numbers

Here are a few facts about the Amazon synod, as told by the numbers.  Read more

Amazon spirituality event at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina in Rome Oct. 9, 2019.

Amazon spirituality events organized by network of Latin American and European groups

A network of organizations has united to promote gatherings devoted to the spirituality and culture of indigenous Amazonian people, all... Read more

An Oct. 10 Vatican press briefing during the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.

The Church has fought infanticide, Amazon synod bishops say

Bishop Wilmar Santin of Itabituba, Brazil said Thursday that the Church has worked to eradicate the practice of tribal infanticide... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah. CNA file photo.

Cardinal Sarah: Ideological push in Amazon synod an 'insult to God'

The push by some Westerners to use the Vatican’s Amazon synod to advance their personal agendas is an insult to... Read more