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Pope Francis appoints three cardinals to lead Amazon synod

Pope Francis has appointed three delegate presidents for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

The pope named the following Cardinals as delegate presidents for the assembly, which will take place between October 6-27: Cardinals Baltazar Porras Cardozo, 74, of Merida, Venezuela; Pedro Barreto Jimeno, 75, of Huancayo, Peru; and Joao Braz de Aviz, 72, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The Vatican announced the appointments on September 7.

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon has been called by Pope Francis, and will take place in the Vatican.

The landmark Church gathering will be the first of its kind to focus on the needs of a vast area covering Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and the overseas territory French Guyana.

Whilst Pope Francis, as pontiff, is president of the synod, the three cardinals will take turns presiding over the synod’s daily sessions.

The delegate presidents are also responsible for guiding the work of the synod and assigning special tasks to certain members, when necessary.

The special assembly on the Pan-Amazonian region will discuss the theme, “New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.”

The pope has outlined the main objectives. They are: to find new ways for the evangelisation of the people in the region, especially the indigenous; to respond to situations of injustice in the region; and to look at “the cause of the crisis of the Amazonian forest, lung of fundamental importance for our planet.”

Picture: A man attends Pope Francis’ meeting with people of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Jan. 19, 2018.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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