- Dec 14, 2019
One of the few indigenous priests participating in this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon has weighed in on the issue of celibacy, saying it is a virtue everyone can live, but refrained from offering an opinion on the debate surrounding married priests in the Amazon.
“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.
Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said.
More than 1,000 young pilgrims will share their cultures, joys and struggles at a gathering of indigenous youth in a small town in Panama just before World Youth Day in January.
Visiting a region of Chile featuring several of the country’s indigenous peoples, and saying Mass in a former site of massive human rights abuses, Pope Francis on Wednesday urged greater justice as the alternative to the “deforestation of hope.”
“What’s happening in today’s world that, when a bank goes bankrupt, immediately scandalous sums appear to save it, but when there’s a ‘bankruptcy of humanity,’ there isn’t one-one thousandth of the same amount to save these brothers who suffer so much?” Pope Francis asked on Saturday.