Amazon Synod supports women deacons, formally requests to share ‘experiences and reflections’ with a papal commission. (America Media)

The three-week Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for for the Pan-Amazonian Region, on the theme, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for Integral Ecology,” concluded on Oct. 27 in Rome. Here are five key takeaways from the synod.

  1. The synod was prophetic in placing Amazonian and Indigenous communities at the center of the synod process and for making a clear option for these communities over foreign economic interests.

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Promotor
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Promotor
“It is time for the Church to heed the Spirit’s voice, recognizing women’s call to the diaconate and allow the Spirit to restore and renew the Body of Christ so that it may fully live into its identity of missionary discipleship.”
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
Dar Testimonio
"Siento que la Iglesia católica, tal y como está estructurada, no es lo que Jesús imaginó para sus seguidores, muchos de los cuales eran mujeres de su época. ¿Qué pasó?"
Joan D. Martin
Miembro del Cuerpo de Voluntarios Ignacianos, feligrés de la Comunidad Católica New Roads en Belmont, MA

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