Synod on the Amazon

Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching.
Luke Hansen, S.J. November 11, 2019
What were the results of the Amazon synod?
Luke Hansen, S.J. November 07, 2019
Deacon Andrade de Lima, the son of farmers who grew up on the banks of the Amazon River in the Solimões region, said he is involved in the formation of pastoral workers in the region and assists the bishops in the implementation of their decisions.
A member of the Mura community. (Photo courtesy of Repam)
Luke Stocking November 07, 2019
Foreign-owned mining companies are threatening the lands of indigenous peoples in the Amazon, writes Luke Stocking of Caritas Canada. Four Mura villages are part of a test case of more responsible business practices.
The synod, which took place at the Vatican Oct. Oct. 6-27, addressed the challenges facing large dioceses with few resources to minister to Catholics in remote areas.
Pope Francis waves during the Angelus noon prayer he delivers from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia via RNS)
“There are circles and sectors that present themselves as ilustrados (enlightened) — they sequester the proclamation of the gospel through a distorted reasoning that divides the world between ‘civilized’ and ‘barbaric,'” Francis said. "On this basis, contempt can develop for people considered to be