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In his closing homily at the Synod of Bishops’ special assembly on the Amazon on October 27, Pope Francis clearly referred to the cries from the Amazon which, for three weeks in the Vatican, resonated in the heart of Christianity.

First, a cry from the “wounded and distorted beauty” of the Amazon, where “attacks against nature have consequences on the lives of peoples.”  “The Amazonian forest is in a frantic race toward death,” insists the final document. Then there is the cry of the poor who, as the Synod has consistently pointed out, are in the frontline in the face of the destruction of Creation. 

To respond to these cries, the synodal fathers invite us to “true integral conversion, with a simple and sober life” and propose “to define an ecological sin” as an action or omission against God, our neighbors, the community and the environment. 

One of the greatest cries of the Synod was the lack of pastors. The final document proposes to “ordain priests of suitable men recognized by the community, who have a fruitful permanent diaconate and receive adequate training in the priesthood.”   

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