- Nick Mayrand
- Feb 15, 2020
A controversial Amazonian statue was seized from a Roman church and thrown in the Tiber on Monday.
Facing what signatories call an “avalanche of consumerism,” 40 bishops pledged Sunday to assume a “happily sober lifestyle, simple and in solidarity with those who have little or nothing; to reduce the production of garbage and the use of plastics, favoring the production and commercialization of agro-ecological products; and using public transport whenever possible.”
One could make the argument that the Vatican II figure to whom Pope Francis is closest actually isn’t John XXIII but rather Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro of Bologna, Italy, the council’s leading apostle of the “option for the poor.”
Early Sunday morning in Rome, some of the 180 bishops participating in the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon will make a pilgrimage to the Catacombs of Domitilla on the outskirts of Rome to renew a promise by bishops at Vatican II to live like the poor.
A Via Crucis procession, or “Way of the Cross,” was joined Saturday by several bishops taking part in the synod as well as members of indigenous communities in the Amazon, to meditate on the suffering of the peoples who live in the rainforest and of the earth itself.
Whether or not the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon helps open the door to ordaining women deacons, women will continue to play a fundamental role in ministry in the church in the region, religious sisters said.