In October 2019, a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region will meet in Rome to discuss the theme “The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for integral ecology.”
A synod is an assembly of Catholic bishops convened by the pope to discuss a particular issue. To learn more about the synod, download this backgrounder.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban has lived in the Amazon region and accompanied the communities that call it home, including the natural world, for over half a century. Columban missionaries are involved in the Synod process and are co-founders of REPAM - the Pan-Amazonia Ecclesial Network - which connects and strengthens the work of the Church in the Amazon region so that its cry of pain can be heard.
In the months leading up to the Synod, Columbans from across the world will contribute to a series of articles called Synod on the Amazon: Model for the World. This series is about the Synod process, the Amazon region, and the work for peace and justice happening there. You can find all the installments of this series below.
• Why a Synod on Amazonia? by Fr. Peter Hughes, SSC
• From Cry to Song: Protecting our climate and biodiversity by Amy Woolam Echeverria
• Caring for "Our Common Home" in the Anthropocene Era by Ellen Teague
• Extinction of peoples and diversity by Wesley Cocozello
• The spirituality and wisdom of the Amazon by Amy Woolman Echeverria
• Australian Aboriginal People Offer Hope and Reconciliation by Fr. Peter Toohey
• Laudato Si' and the Synod on the Amazon by Scott Wright
• Columban ecological work in Pakistan by Fr. Liam O'Callaghan
• Synod implications for the Philippines by John Din
• Not a call for cosmetic change by Fr. Jim Mulroney
• Commodifying the Amazon by Rebecca Eastwood
• The Challenges of Militarism by Fr. Pat Cunningham
• The Martyrs and the Pact of the Catacombs for Our Common Home by Scott Wright
• Now is the Time - a stronger role for women in the Church by Sr. Birgit Weiler, MMS
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