• Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

    Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

    • Sep 21, 2019

    Integral ecology — a phrase often used when discussing the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — highlights not just the interconnectedness that exists among God, humanity and creation, but also recognizes how political, economic, cultural, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and affect the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources.

  • Resistance amps up as Amazon synod approaches

    Resistance amps up as Amazon synod approaches

    • Sep 17, 2019

    In his six years in office, Pope Francis has been no stranger to controversy or resistance, yet judging by the all-star lineup of opponents to his coming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, the gathering is shaping up to be one of his most controversial initiatives since the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.

  • Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests

    Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests

    • Sep 16, 2019

    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.