2019 | Synod on the Amazon

What is the synod on the Amazon?

The Vatican has invited the bishops from all dioceses in the world to travel to Rome in order to discuss the Amazon and its people. This gathering, or synod, is officially titled “The Amazon: new paths for the Church and for integral ecology.” 

This is the first synod in which integral ecology will be applied to a specific place in creation. That’s a landmark for the Church. The synod runs 6-27 October, and the week of 13 October is dedicated to integral ecology. 

The synod is guided by a preparatory document and an instrumentum laboris. The preparatory document includes a list of questions that were discussed with local communities in the Amazon, to ensure the synod responds to local expertise and concerns. The instrumentum laboris takes wisdom from these conversations and from the teaching of the Church to guide the synodal fathers’ discussions.

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There are many ways to bring this groundbreaking event into your faith practice. Take action at home or attend an event in Rome.

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Our patterns of consumption and lifestyle impact places like the Amazon. In solidarity with the Amazon and its people:

  • Commit to a more sustainable lifestyle by learning and committing to a lifestyle change at Living the Change
  • Organize a local meal or event to reflect and discuss ways to live more sustainably using these Living the Change Supper Guide Book and Conversation Guide resources.

Attend an event in Rome

Attend an event as part of “Amazon: Common Home,” a city-wide series of events that brings the themes of the synod to life for synodal fathers and lay leaders alike. More information is available here


Around the world, the Catholic community is coming together to lift up this important moment for the Church and the planet. Global Catholic Climate Movement is grateful to collaborate with partners like REPAM, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, which is a key advisor to the synod.