On 8 June, the Holy See presented the Preparatory Document of the Bishops’ Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, already announced in October 2017 and to take place in Rome in October 2019. The text, available on www.vatican.va in Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese is divided into three parts: See (“Identity and cry of the Pan-Amazon), Discern (“Towards a pastoral and ecological conversion”) and Act (“New paths for the Amazon Church”).
“The reflections of the Special Synod,” affirms the Document in the preface, “surpass the strictly Amazon ecclesiastic field, extending towards the universal church and also the future of the entire planet. Starting off from a specific territory, it casts a bridge towards the world’s other essential biomes: the basin of Congo, the Mesoamerican biological corridor, the tropical forests of Asia Pacific, and the Guaraní aquifer, among others. Listening to the indigenous peoples and all the communities living in the Amazons as the first interlocutors of this Synod is of utmost importance also for the universal Church.”