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Laity, women, sexual abuse, water: Amazon synod discussions continue

October 15, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: “Thanks to the laity, the Church is manifesting itself as a Church moving outward, distancing itself from clericalism,” the Vatican stated in its summary of recent discussions at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. “Sexual exploitation of the young was a recurring theme … In Brazil alone, 62,000 rapes were recorded … Forming catechists toward an integral ecology was underlined again, particularly regarding caring for and safeguarding water, a primary resource and source of life.”

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