The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region seeks to identify new paths of evangelization, especially for indigenous people, and highlights the vital role the region plays in the health of the planet.
Between October 6 and October 27, 2019, bishops and representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela, and Suriname will gather with Pope Francis in Rome.
More than a half century after a group of bishops at the Second Vatican Council made a solemn pledge to live a simple lifestyle close to their people, a group of participants from the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon signed a new pact in the Catacombs of Domitilla.
Bishop Derek Byrne of Primavera do Leste-Paranatinga said he also spoke in favor of ordaining married men: "The duty of the church to provide the Eucharist ... takes precedence over the law of celibacy."
Ten of the 12 small working groups at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon spent time considering the possibility of ordaining married men to address a lack of Catholic ministers across the nine-nation region.
Proposals for Amazonian development made by well-known observers at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon could conflict with the expectations of indigenous people unless they are included in decision-making, some synod participants said.