Voices
Luke Hansen, S.J., a former associate editor of America, is a special correspondent at the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region.
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)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
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
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 16, 2019
As the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon reaches its halfway point, leaders of indigenous communities are speaking with passion about what is at stake for their communities and their hopes for this synod.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 13, 2019
Participants expressed support for proposals to ordain women deacons and warned of the deadly consequences of climate change.
Faith Dispatches
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 10, 2019
On day four of the synod, the small language groups have begun to meet, signaling the moment in the synod process when “in a synodal way, everyone gives their contribution.”
Retired Bishop Erwin Krautler of Xingu, Brazil, speak at a press briefing following a session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 9, 2019. Also pictured is scientist Carlos Alfonso Nobre, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 09, 2019
Bishop Kräutler said there are thousands of indigenous communities in the Amazon that “do not celebrate the Eucharist except perhaps one, two or three times a year.” The bishops in favor of ordaining married men, he said, “are not against celibacy. We just want these brothers and sisters of ours
Leah Rose Casimero, an indigenous representative from Guyana, leaves the first session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican on Oct. 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 08, 2019
The general relator of this special synod, emphasized several themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate: the church must “throw open her doors”; “true tradition” is “the church’s living history”; and “God always brings newness,” so “one must not fear what is new.”
Photo: America/CNS
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 04, 2019
The cross is made from a piece of a wooden boat used by migrants to cross the Mediterranean to land on the island of Lampedusa.
Faith Dispatches
Luke Hansen, S.J.October 04, 2019
Reform groups are seeking to bring attention to the fact that 185 men but no women are voting members of the Special Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region that begins on Oct. 6.
Faith Dispatches
Luke Hansen, S.J.September 12, 2019
Catholic bishops, indigenous leaders and experts are preparing to gather in Rome from Oct. 6 to Oct. 27 for the special Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region.
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Luke Hansen, S.J.March 05, 2019
Fasting always sounds like a brilliant idea before the consequences hit home. Having lost some control over my bowel movements, I felt vulnerable and fragile. I was afraid. Was it really worth it? Would I make it the full 40 days?