Querida Amazonia

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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

Sep 3, 2020

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

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

Analysis: 'Querida Amazonia' and the German synod

Feb 14, 2020

By Ed Condon

Following the German reaction to Querida Amazonia, it is not clear what, if anything, could bring their synodal discussions to... 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

Feb 13, 2020

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

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

5 things to know about 'Querida Amazonia'

Feb 12, 2020

Here are five things to know about Querida Amazonia.  Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

‘A lack of courage’: Germans divided over Pope Francis’ Amazonian exhortation

Feb 12, 2020

German Church leaders have offered markedly distinct responses to Querida Amazonia, the apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region released by... Read more

Vatican officials at a Feb. 12 press conference.

Vatican officials: 'Querida Amazonia' is magisterium, Amazon synod's final doc is not

Feb 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of ordinary magisterium -- that is official Church teaching -- while... Read more

Pope Francis leads the opening procession for the Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 7, 2019.

Inculturation is a 'necessary process' in the Amazon, Pope Francis says

Feb 12, 2020

Pope Francis has highlighted the need for spiritual inculturation in the Amazon region, and praised indigenous expressions of religiosity, while... Read more

Pope Francis greets a woman Oct. 1, 2014.

In Querida Amazonia, pope calls for women in Church leadership, but not diaconate

Feb 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Feb 12, 2020

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

Feb 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis published his response to the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod in an apostolic exhortation Wednesday. Despite widespread speculation following... Read more