- May 13, 2021
This week, an official of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations actually had to go on national television, flanked by a Catholic cardinal, to assure his countrymen that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro isn’t threatened by the looming Synod on the Amazon.
Spanish Sister María Luisa Berzosa, the president of Faith and Joy, an international federation dedicated to education and the promotion of social welfare, is one of four women appointed to the permanent commission of the Secretariat of the Synod.
Pope Francis has chosen Brazil’s Cardinal Claudio Hummes to serve as relator general of next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.
Youth who took part in consultations leading up to last October’s Synod of Bishops on young people gave generally rave reviews to Pope Francis’s new document drawing conclusions from that process.
During a visit to the Italian city of Loreto on Monday, Pope Francis signed a new document dedicated to the youth and called on people to remember the importance of the family for society.
So far Pope Francis has held three synods of bishops, two of which were high-octane with some major clashes, and one which fell flat compared to the intensity of the preceding discussions. And with his fourth synod poised to open in just seven months, the question of which kind of discussion this year will yield comes to mind.
Responding to news reports that the Brazilian intelligence agency was monitoring the Catholic Church, the secretary-general of the bishops’ conference downplayed the idea that prelates would use the October Synod of Bishops on the Amazon to criticize their government’s policies.
Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America, spoke to Crux about synodality in the Church.