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Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'”

In his 2015 encyclical on ecology and local climate improve "Laudato Si", Francis denounced the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest in the identify of "massive intercontinental economic interests".

"The Catholic Church's mission in the world is to spread the fire of God's love and must not be limited to the "'ordinary maintenance' of those who already know the Gospel", Pope Francis said.

The meeting - which focuses on environmental and religious issues in the Amazon region - will take up the question of whether some respected married elder men could be ordained to help overcome a shortage of priests in remote areas in the region. Such a meeting can not set church policies or change doctrine on its own, but it offers guidance and recommendations to the pope and serves as a barometer for views around the Catholic world and within the church.

"There is someone above me who is even more skeptical who has authorized the debate and that's OK", he said, in an apparent reference to Pope Francis.

Targeting the interests behind the opponents of the Synod, he warned: "The fire set by interests that destroy, like the fire that recently devastated Amazonia, is not the fire of the Gospel".

A Canadian priest elevated Saturday, Cardinal Michael Czerny, said he thinks the criticism is coming from a small fringe with vested interests in developing the Amazon and pursuing other priorities incompatible with the pope's vision.

Catholic women's groups, including nuns, have also been protesting with signs in front of the Vatican, demanding the right to vote in the gathering.

In many ways, Francis opened the synod past year, when he travelled to the Peruvian Amazon and demanded that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold.

Pope Francis planted an oak tree in the Vatican gardens with members of Brazil's Amazonian indigenous people.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he wants to promote economic development in the Amazon and regularize small-scale illegal mining.

He has also strongly criticised foreign countries for meddling with what he regards as a domestic matter.

The working doc for the synod denounced in scathing terms social injustices and crimes, including murders, and proposed a Church motion approach.

The suggestion nevertheless sparked outrage among conservative Vatican clerics who do not welcome possible changes to the centuries-old Catholic tradition of a celibate priesthood.

Pope Francis has chosen 13 men he admires and whose pastoral concerns align with his to become the Catholic Church's newest cardinals.

"If I don't feel it, how can I share it, bear witness to it, bestow it on others?" he asked in his homily.



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