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Pope Francis accepts a plant during the offertory. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Former AEC General Secretary Rev Mike James looks at the outcomes of the recent Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. This is an edited version of the Catholic Standard editorial, November 8 issue.

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon ended last month with the approval of a 29-page document, in the format of 120 points and recommendations which the participants, 185 Synod Fathers and 35 Synod Mothers submitted to Pope Francis for his consideration on the future of the Amazon region, with its implications for the Church and society worldwide.

The text takes as its own the formal title of the synod — The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology — with the latter four chapters each covering new paths for pastoral, cultural, ecological, and synodal conversion.

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