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AMAZON: “If The Amazon Suffers, The World Suffers”

The Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) expressed their deep concern for the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest. Pope Francis, who has made the fight for the rights of indigenous peoples a focal point of his pontificate, has called for an October Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region.

Referring to a Preparatory Document for the upcoming Synod, the Bishops write that the Amazon rainforest, so “rich” in biodiversity, is “of vital importance to the planet.” The Church states that an area so “multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious…demands structural and personal changes of all human beings.”

In quoting Pope Francis, they ask that all those who occupy positions of responsibility to be “custodians of creation, of God’s design inscribed in nature, guardians of the other, of the environment” and to “not allow the signs of destruction and death accompany the path of this in our world.” “Because,” say the Bishops, “if the Amazon suffers, the world suffers.”  

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