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Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region - 6 to 27 October

On October 15, 2017, Pope Francis convened a Special Synodal Assembly on the Pan-Amazon, indicating that the main objective is “to find new ways for the evangelization of that portion of the People of God, especially the indigenous, often forgotten and without a perspective of a good future, also for the cause of the crisis of the Amazonian forest, lung of fundamental importance for our planet”. (Synod website)

The Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region

The Amazon Synod is a great ecclesial, civic and ecological project that seeks to overcome the confines and redefine the pastoral lines, adapting them to contemporary times. The Pan-Amazon is made up of nine countries:

It is a region that is an important source of oxygen for the whole earth, where more than one third of the world’s primary forest reserves are found. It is one of the largest biodiversity reserves on the planet, containing 20% of the not frozen freshwater.

The first time the Pope visited the Amazonian territory (in Peru) on January 19, 2018, he expressed his concern for the indigenous people affirming:

“The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present. The Amazon is being disputed on various fronts”.

On that occasion he officially opened the preparation for the event that will take place in October 2019.

Preparatory Document

Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology

This Preparatory Document is divided into three parts corresponding to the method “see, judge (discern), and act”.

  1. Seeing: Identity and Cries of the Pan-Amazonia
  2. Discernment: Towards a Pastoral and Ecological Conversion
  3. Action: New Paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face

At the end of the text there are questions that allow for dialogue and a progressive approach to the regional reality and the expectation of a “culture of encounter” (EG 220). ...

Preparatory Document

Pan-Amazon Synod

The Working Document for the Synod of Bishops

The Working Document consists of three parts.

  • The first involves seeing-listening and is entitled “The Voice of the Amazon”; its purpose is to present the reality of the territory and its peoples.
  • The second part, “Integral Ecology: the cry of the earth and of the poor”, sets out the ecological and pastoral problems,
  • while the third part, “A Prophetic Church in the Amazon: challenges and hopes”, is devoted to ecclesiological and pastoral issues.
    Working Document

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