2019 | Synod on the Amazon

About the synod on the Amazon

In October 2019, the Vatican invited the bishops from all dioceses in the world to travel to Rome in order to discuss the Amazon and its people. The gathering, or synod, was officially titled “The Amazon: new paths for the Church and for integral ecology.” 

It was the first synod in which integral ecology was applied to a specific place in creation. That was a landmark for the Church. The synod ran from 6-27 October, and the week of 13 October was dedicated to integral ecology.

Here you can read the final document of the synod of bishops.

Here you can read Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Querida Amazonia.”

Reflect and
take action

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

Take action at home




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.


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.