• Pope Francis in 2017: Chronicles of a ‘Peace Pope,’ and odds and ends

    Pope Francis in 2017: Chronicles of a ‘Peace Pope,’ and odds and ends

    • Dec 20, 2017

    No social issue dominated Pope Francis’s agenda in 2017 like the pursuit of peace, from a campaign against nuclear weapons to engagement in the Korean conflict.

  • Pope wants church to be voice of poor in Amazon, bishop says

    Pope wants church to be voice of poor in Amazon, bishop says

    • Dec 13, 2017

    Pope Francis’s decision to convene a Synod of Bishops dedicated to the Amazon is a sign of his desire for the choice to be a voice for the voiceless living in the region, a Brazilian archbishop said.

  • Latin American leader calls Pope’s Pan-Amazon Synod a ‘kairos’

    Latin American leader calls Pope’s Pan-Amazon Synod a ‘kairos’

    • Oct 25, 2017

    Mauricio López, Executive Secretary of REPAM, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, said, “We must understand the synod as a call to conversion, change, which the pope is doing, but also look beyond.” He says, “it is not enough to thank the pope.” Instead he thinks the important thing is that from the fruits of the synod, “comes a deep commitment of fraternity, discernment and ecclesial articulation, involving also people of good will, so that what gives us so much hope today, is sustainable in time and becomes something that can last for a lifetime. If not, the synod will remain as an opportunity, a place for great ideas that never came to fruition.”