- Crux Staff
- Aug 3, 2020
“Brother Francis,” according to indigenous leader Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, is “risking his life” for the Amazon, ticking off Russia, China, the US and Europe as global powers unhappy with the pope’s efforts to shine a spotlight on the situation in the region.
Archbishop Rafael Cob of the Diocese of Puyo in Ecuador supports the ordination of married men as priests in the Amazon, supporting the idea of calling ‘viri probati’, or tested married men, into the priesthood to serve isolated rural communities.
On Friday, Crux spoke with Brazilian Jesuit Father Roberto Malvezzi, member of the team of assessors for REPAM Brazil, meaning the Pan Amazonian Ecclesial Network, that is playing a key role in the preparation for the upcoming summit of bishops on the Amazon basin, to be held in Rome next October.