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A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown.
Indigenous people attend Pope Francis' celebration of a Mass marking World Mission Day in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 20, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 21, 2019
The Indian cardinal described his experience during the synod so far as an “eye-opener,” allowing him to discover connections to what indigenous communities in his native land are experiencing.
Members of Amazon indigenous populations pray at the end a Via Crucis procession from St. Angelo Castle to the Vatican, Saturday, on Oct. 19, 2019. Pope Francis is holding a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native people as he fended off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Catholic News Service October 21, 2019
Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and celebrated on conservative social media on Oct. 21. The Vatican's communications czar, Paolo Ruffini, termed it a "stunt" that violated the idea of dialogue.
Francisco Chagas Chafre de Souza, a leader of the Apurina in Brazil's Amazon region, speaks at a meeting of indigenous people from North America and South America at the Jesuit General Curia in Rome Oct. 17, 2019. Also pictured are Dona Zenilda with the Xucuru people of northeast Brazil, and Ednamar de Oliveira Viana, a leader of the Satere-Mawe people in Brazil. The meeting was a side event to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Luke Hansen, S.J. October 18, 2019
The synod is “not a discussion, not a parliament,” but there is “a spiritual dynamic,” said Giacomo Costa, S.J., the synod’s secretary for information, at a Vatican press briefing on Oct. 16. The biblical image, he said, is “the blind man who throws away his cloak to go to God,” and for the synod
Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
 Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, during the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 17, 2019
“The synod is already a success by the very fact that it is happening,” said the Peruvian Jesuit, one of the president delegates of the Synod for the Amazon.