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Mexican priest burns Pachamama in effigy

November 08, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Images of naked pregnant women, described by Pope Francis on October 25 as “the statues of the Pachamama” (an Andean deity), led to much controversy during the three-week Amazon synod, which concluded on October 27. On October 4, during a Vatican Garden event in which Pope Francis dedicated the synod to St. Francis, 15 persons in attendance, including a Franciscan friar, knelt in a circle around the statues and bowed their heads to the ground (video). During the synod’s final week, two men removed the statues from a Roman church and threw them into the Tiber River, leading to a papal apology. After the statues of the Pachama were retrieved, they were displayed in a canoe on October 26, the final day of synod discussions.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 09, 2019 3:19 AM ET USA

    Fr. Romero did us a favor by reminding us that we are a Church of saints and _converted_ sinners, i.e., a Church wherein each one of us renews our vow as often as necessary to reject Satan and the attractions and ways of the earthbound. Instead of chosing evil, we decide to strive for something greater--the Kingdom of God on earth--so that one day we might enjoy its fullness in heaven. Yes, our Church welcomes sinners, but we are _not_ defined by our sinners; rather we are defined by our saints.