The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region has been opened in Rome, Angelus News can confirm.
The Synod is expected to take place in the Vatican through October 27 on the theme, “Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology”.
Speaking in his homily on October 6, the Holy Father reminded those present of the world of St. Paul to Timothy: “I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Tim 1:6).
He averred that priests were not handed an employment contract. Rather, hands were laid on their heads so that they, in turn, might be hands raised to intercede before the Father, helping hands extended to our brothers and sisters.
In accordance with the proclamation by Pope Francis on October 15, 2017, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will seek to chart new paths for evangelization will be designed for and with the People of God who live in this region: inhabitants of communities and rural areas, of cities and large metropolises, people who live on river banks, migrants and displaced persons, and especially for and with indigenous peoples.
While the Church recognizes the strong headwind that comes from the power of sin, especially in social and environmental destruction, she is not discouraged in her accompaniment of the Amazonian peoples and is committed to overcoming the source of sin, supported by the grace of Christ. A contemplative ecclesial gaze and sacramental practice are the keys to evangelization in the Amazonia.