Querida Amazonía: A Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation
February 13th, 2020
Pope Francis has released the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), which is follow up to the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, ‘Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology,’ held in October 2019. Missionary Oblates participated in the synod in Rome.
In Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia) Pope Francis emphasizes that “Our dream is that of an Amazon region that can integrate and promote all its inhabitants, enabling them to enjoy “good living”. But this calls for a prophetic plea and an arduous effort on behalf of the poor. For though it is true that the Amazon region is facing an ecological disaster, it also has to be made clear that “a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We do not need an environmentalism “that is concerned for the biome but ignores the Amazonian peoples.”
Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia): http://www.sinodoamazonico.va/content/sinodoamazonico/en/documents/post-synodal-apostolic-exhortation–querida-amazonia-.html