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'Querida Amazonia' asks Asian bishops to change path

Asian bishops must elevate their forum from being a conference-organizing federation to seek justice for people

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'Querida Amazonia' asks Asian bishops to change path

Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo (red hat), president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, poses with some Asian nuns during a courtesy visit to newly created cardinals on Feb. 14, 2015, at the Vatican. Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai is also seen in the picture. (Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

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Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod was titled Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) in Spanish. However, the document's translation in English was titled: "The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology."

Following the release of the document, some commentators pointed out that the Church's center of gravity has moved from Europe to the periphery. Querida Amazonia puts in focus some of the hitherto neglected areas such as the ministry of indigenous people and women in the Church.

As we entered the seventh year of Pope Francis' pontificate on March 13, some changes within the Church are palpable. He is giving more significant stress to listening to the poor, women and the marginalized, and not merely priests and bishops. Pope Francis is pushing the Church to practice the concept of synodality. 

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