In October 2019, a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region will meet in Rome to discuss the theme “The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for integral ecology.”
Below are a number of resources on the Synod: what it is and how you can get involved.
In August of 2019, Pope Francis said that the Synod on the Amazon is "the child of Laudato Si'," his 2015 encyclical on caring for our common home. "Those who have not read it will never understand the Synod on the Amazon. Laudato Si' is not a green encyclical, it is a social encyclical, which is based on a 'green' reality, the custody of creation." You can read Laudato Si' here.
REPAM - the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network - is a Latin American Catholic church, transnational network created to respond to the challenges facing the people of the Amazon and their natural environment. It began in 2014 in Brazil as a project of the nine Churches of the Amazon region under the umbrella of the Latin American Bishops Conference. Visit their website for resources on the Amazon and the Synod.
REPAM and CIDSE have created a series of 17 mini video interviews on the Amazon covering issues such as the upcoming Synod, nature, climate, gender equality, indigenous rights, land rights, corporate regulation, and systemic change. You can watch the videos here.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban has lived in the Amazon region and accompanied the communities that call it home, including the natural world, for over half a century and are involved in the Synod process. In the months leading up to the Synod, Columbans from across the world are contributing to a series of articles about the Synod process, the Amazon region, and the work for peace and justice happening there. You can read the articles in the series here.
ONE AMAZON, MANY VOICES
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has a monthly two-page bulletin - One Amazon, Many Voices - which examines topics to be discussed at the Synod and their connections to the lived experiences of Maryknoll Missioners. Maryknoll invites people to learn, reflect, and pray on each month's theme.