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The Catholic Church in Latin America must recognize and appreciate the role of women and end the practice of using them solely as submissive laborers in the parish, said members of a pontifical commission.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme and appointed members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019.
Pope Francis announced a special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to focus on evangelization and the connection between faith and environmental concern in the Amazon region.
Archbishop Vigneron outlines results of Detroit's archdiocesan synod -- "a project of a generation" -- while in Springfield, Illinois, and Burlington, Vermont, the synod process is just beginning.