Amazon Synod 2019

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Bishop Erwin Kräutler at an Oct. 9 press briefing during the Vatican's synod of bishops on the Amazon.

Amazon synod bishop: 'Indigenous people do not understand celibacy'

A contributor to the working document for the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region made his case Wednesday... Read more

Pope Francis with pilgrims and participants as the 2019 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon opens Oct. 7, 2019 in Rome.

Priestly celibacy discussed as Amazon synod gets underway

Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the Amazon synod Oct. 7, 2019.

Holy Spirit is 'main actor' of Amazon synod, pope says in opening remarks

In his opening remarks for the Amazon synod Monday, Pope Francis said the assembly’s working document is meant to be... Read more

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

Pope Francis prays for 'daring prudence' during Amazon synod

At the opening Mass for the Amazon synod Sunday, Pope Francis prayed that the Holy Spirit would give the bishops... Read more

Vatican at sunset. Via Shutterstock.

In Rome, outside voices offer contrasting opposition to Amazon synod

This week, two groups who say their voices are not often heard by Church leaders held events to speak out... Read more

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.

Cardinal Baldisseri: Amazon synod's working doc ‘not magisterium’

Speaking at a press conference Thursday on the Vatican’s upcoming Amazon synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Cardinal Ouellet defends priestly celibacy ahead of Amazon synod

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presented a book Wednesday arguing that in the face of challenges,... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012.

Ahead of synod, alumni of Benedict XVI express concerns about married priesthood

Just days before the Amazon synod of bishops is to convene in Rome, a symposium of students of Pope Emeritus... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to bishops inside the Synod Hall.

Cardinal O'Malley, Bishop McElroy named participants in Amazon synod

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego are among those chosen by Pope Francis... 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

 Cardinal Reinhard Marx and ZdK Chairman Thomas Sternberg on July 5, 2019 Photo: Martin Rothweiler / EWTN.TV

German bishops to green light binding 'Synodal Assembly'

The decision to proceed comes despite a warning from Pope Francis to the  German bishops that they must remain in step with... Read more

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke during the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, June 29, 2019. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Burke and Brandmüller say Amazon synod challenges deposit of faith

Two cardinals have sent letters to fellow members of the College of Cardinals, raising concerns about the working document for... Read more

Pope Francis hospital ship.

Hospital boat named 'Pope Francis' sets sail to serve rural Amazon region

A hospital boat named the “Pope Francis” set sail this week in the Amazon River to bring medical care to... 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

Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria.

Will the Amazon synod open the door to women deacons?

While a veteran Vatican journalist has suggested that the 2019 Synod of Bishops from the Amazonian basin might open the... Read more