The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has released the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia – Beloved Amazonia.
The document traces new paths of evangelisation and care for the environment and the poor. Pope Francis hopes for a new missionary thrust, and encourages the role of the laity within the ecclesial community.
Significance of Querida Amazonia
Pope Francis explains ‘the significance of this Exhortation’ enriched with references to documents of the Episcopal Conferences of the countries that make up the Amazon region, as well as of poetry written by poets connected to the Amazon. He emphasises that he desires ‘to offer my own response’ that the Synod evoked in him, and explains that he does not intend to substitute or duplicate the Final Document which he invites us to read ‘in full’. Pope Francis prays that the entire Church might allow itself to be ‘enriched and challenged’ by it and that the Church in the Amazon might strive ‘to apply it’.