Pachamama icons taken from Roman church, thrown in Tiber (YouTube) Two men entered the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina early on Monday morning, removed the Pachamama icons that had been on display there, and threw them in the Tiber River. The men, who did not identify themselves, posted a YouTube video of their action, explaining: “We do not longer stay silent. We start to act NOW!” Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini decried the action, saying that it was “against the spirit of dialogue.”
Reports of small working groups presented at synod (Vatican News) Among the many themes of the reports of the working groups are “a Church for the poor and against all forms of violence,” a proposed International Ecclesial Observatory on Human Rights, “Church not an NGO [non-governmental organization], more ecumenical dialogue,” “ministries, laity and rejection of clericalism,” “women and the diaconate,” and the priestly ordination of married men “of good reputation, preferably indigenous chosen by the communities of origin, but under specific conditions.”
Peruvian Jesuit cardinal: 'Even some indigenous communities do not want married priests' (America) Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno, one of the synod’s president delegates, said that the majority of synod fathers favor the ordination of married men in the Amazon, though “Pope Francis is not going to change the law, he has never thought of changing the law on celibacy.” The cardinal sees the synod as ultimately about Laudato si’, the Pope’s second encyclical letter. Cardinal Barreto added that there are some “who do not accept the risk of walking,” but instead “want a static Church, a Church of doctrine, more than one of pastoral action. They want a Church that is different from the one Jesus wants, which is a Church of solidarity, a Church that really responds to the needs of people, and of nature itself.”
Bishops join in "catacomb pact" for Amazon environment (Catholic World Report) Dozens of bishops participating in the Amazon Synod gathered on October 20 in the catacombs of St. Domitalla to sign a “Pact of the Catacombs for the Common Home. For a Church with an Amazonian face, poor and servant, prophetic and Samaritan.” The gesture recalled the original “Catacomb Pact” signed by a few bishops as the Second Vatican Council ended, promising solidarity with the poor.”
Vatican message to world's Hindus puts stress on work for peace (Vatican Press Office) In an annual message to the world’s Hindus, the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue stressed the need for the world’s religious leaders to work for peace. “Only when adherents of religions demand of themselves a life consistent with their religious ethic will they be seen to fulfill their role as builders of peace and as witnesses to our shared humanity,” said the message. The message was released for the observation of Deepavali, the Hindu festival of light.
Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other (CNS) After 40 indigenous persons met with the Pope, a Xucuru leader from northeastern Brazil told other North and South American indigenous leaders, “We have to walk with Pope Francis and not leave him alone. And we must all pray together because only together can we protect our mother earth.”
Data show mass exodus from Catholic Church in Amazon region (L'Espresso) Working with statistics furnished by the Vatican press office, Sandro Magister of L’Espresso finds that the Catholic proportion of the population in the Amazon region has plummeted in the years since 1970: “fully 46% of the 34 million inhabitants in the region have in recent decades abandoned the Catholic Church to switch to other religious denominations.”
40 indigenous persons meet with Pope (Vatican News) “They expressed their gratitude to the Holy Father for convoking the Synod, and asked for help in implementing their desire to ensure a peaceful and happy life for their peoples, caring for their land, and protecting its waters, for their descendants to enjoy,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office.