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.

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