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Pope announces theme for special synod of bishops of Amazon region

Some representatives of Indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has established that the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Pan-Amazon Region, to take place in October 2019, will have the following theme:

Amazonia: new pathways for the Church and for an integral ecology

The Vatican Press Office on 8 Mar 2018 issued a press statement in which it revealed the theme for the Assembly and said the Pope has appointed eighteen members of the pre-Synodal Council, which will collaborate with the General Secretariat in the preparation of the aforementioned Special Assembly.

They include Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paolo in Brazil and President of REPAM, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Metropolitan Archbishop of Archdiocese of México, as well as a number of Latin American prelates and Mr Mauricio Lopez, Executive Secretary of REPAM. – Vatican News

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