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Married Priests for the Amazon

Will the traditional link between celibacy and the priesthood be examined?

220px Hummes2006Pope Francis has chosen Brazil's Cardinal Cláudio Hummes to serve as relator general of October's Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. The nomination of the 84-year-old retired Archbishop of Sao Paulo was announced at the Vatican last weekend. The relator is responsible for providing a comprehensive outline of the synod's theme at the beginning of the meeting and for summarising the speeches of synod members before work begins on concrete proposals for the pope.

Scheduled for 6 to 27 October, the synod will focus on "Amazonia: New paths for the church and for an integral ecology".

Cardinal Hummes currently serves as president of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (Repam), a body founded by Caritas Internationalis that promotes the rights and dignity of people living in the Amazon.

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Amazon Synod will decide on married priesthood in the West

CardinalHummesSAO PAULO, March 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Brazil said in an interview that the coming Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region may decide whether to ordain married men to the priesthood in order to serve the vast tropical region.

Cardinal Hummes told Terra that for the “lack of priests,” 70 percent of the people in the nine countries covering the Amazonian region do not receive the sacraments of the Church. The bishops from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela will meet at the Vatican in October “to identify new paths for the evangelization of God’s people in that region," especially indigenous peoples who are “often forgotten and without the prospect of a serene future.” Preservation of the natural environment, deforestation, poverty, and the formation of clergy are also topics for discussion by the bishops, who represent more than 34 million people of majority-Catholic countries covering some 18.5 million acres.

Cardinal Hummes (75) was professed a priest of the Franciscan order in 1958 and was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 2001. An outspoken proponent of social justice, he has often appeared alongside socialists such as Luiz Lula da Silva, who later became president of Brazil.

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