- Jul 12, 2020
For Pope Francis, 2019 included his sixth anniversary as pope, his 83rd birthday and his 50th anniversary as a priest, but it also was a year that saw him still confronted with the clerical sexual abuse crisis and with Vatican financial scandals.
The director of Jubilee USA Network wants the pope’s ecological and economic messages from the Amazon Synod to get more attention.
Sister Nathalie Becquart believes Pope Francis is using synods to gradually build consensus and preserve Church unity.
According to Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes no one in Mexico “can claim that they didn’t know how to act” when it comes to clerical sexual abuse.
Poor people from the Amazon have shown that God’s creation must be treated “not as a resource to be exploited but as a home to be preserved, with trust in God,” Pope Francis said.
With the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in the final stretch, the Vatican Museums unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to the people, customs and Catholic faith in the Amazon.