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Pope Francis calls bishops to Vatican to meeting on protecting Amazon

Moved by the plight and oppression of indigenous peoples while visiting the Peruvian Amazon in January 2018, Pope Francis called then for the first-ever meeting of bishops from a single ecological region — the Amazon.

The three-week meeting, or synod, starts October 6 in Rome and will bring together Catholic bishops, indigenous leaders and environmental advocates from nine South American countries within the Amazon region to focus on human rights, environmental protection and climate change. It could not be more timely.

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