Themes of Amazon synod's working document: 'the voice of Amazonia,' integral ecology, prophetic Church (Vatican Press Office) At a June 17 press conference (video), officials of the Synod of Bishops discussed the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27. One official spoke of “a pastoral conversion of the Church, called to take care of the common home as part of its evangelizing mission, to teach its faithful after learning from the native peoples.” The Synod fathers will discuss married priests for areas of the Amazon region.
Quebec government passes Canada's strictest secularism bill (CNS) The Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, criticized by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations, forbids the wearing of religious symbols by new government employees, including teachers and policemen. “We believe that it’s better to fight prejudices and fear for the other in a rational way, by educating people about the diversity of religious, spiritual and cultural experiences and traditions, rather than by prohibitions,” the province’s bishops said before the vote.
Congo bishops warn of spread of Islamic State (Fides) Bishops in the eastern part of the large nation (map) called on the government to “regain the management of the sovereign mission of the State: that of ensuring unity, territorial integrity, security of persons and property and promotion of the well-being of the population.”
High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake (AP) The Supreme Court handed the owners of a now-closed Oregon bakery “a small victory by throwing out a state court ruling against them” and directed “ the Associated Press reported. The Court also directed a lower court “to consider last term’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of a baker from Colorado who would not make a cake for a same-sex wedding.”
Synod of Bishops to discuss married priests for areas of Amazon region (The Tablet) “Amazonia: new pathways for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27. The instrumentum laboris (working document)—released in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish on June 17—stated that “for the more remote areas of the region, the possibility of priestly ordination of elders, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted by their community, should be studied,” according to the report. The document was presented at a Vatican press conference.
Pope appeals for peace in Persian Gulf, solidarity with refugees (Vatican News) Voicing concern over tensions in the Persian Gulf, Pope Francis said, “I call on everyone to use the instruments of diplomacy to resolve the complex problems of the conflicts in the Middle East. I also renew to the international community my heartfelt appeal for every possible effort to be made to promote dialogue and peace.” The Pontiff made his remarks during his visit to earthquake-affected areas of the Diocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche.
USCCB committee chairman backs Mexican bishops' criticism of US-Mexico immigration agreement (USCCB) “We implore the [Trump] Administration not to confuse economic issues with the humanitarian issues of forced migration,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration. “Families fleeing violence, persecution and extreme poverty must be treated with love and compassion and not be used as a tool for negotiations.” Bishop Vásquez made his remarks after the bishops of Mexico criticized a US-Mexico agreement in which Mexico pledged to deploy its National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala.