- Dec 10, 2019
Invoking the Christian God as the source of political power, while commonplace in many countries, is a radical departure in Bolivia after Evo Morales’s 14-year tenure.
Addressing concerns about a proposed Amazonian rite in the Catholic Church, an indigenous participant at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon called on Catholics to soften their hearts and understand the needs of Catholics in the region.
The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is calling Catholics to an ecological conversion in their personal lives and in the church throughout the world, a theologian participating in the synod said.
Solutions to environmental problems discussed at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon must involve not just Amazonian nations, but countries in Europe and North America, bishops said.
Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon repeatedly vowed to support, defend and accompany the region’s indigenous people.
The Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations called it welcome news that several nations around the world “have taken active steps to recognize the right to autonomy or self-government of indigenous peoples.”