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Past articles by Luke:

Top 5 takeaways from the Amazon synod

What were the results of the Amazon synod? → Read More

Synod participant: Women are already doing the work of deacons in the Amazon

Deacon Andrade de Lima, the son of farmers who grew up on the banks of the Amazon River in the Solimões region, said he is involved in the formation of pastoral workers in the region and assists the bishops in the implementation of their decisions. → Read More

As the Amazon Synod nears the end, a Brazilian bishop makes the case for women deacons

On the eve of the highly anticipated voting on the final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler, O.F.M., of Marajó, Brazil, chose to focus his remarks at the daily Vatican press briefing on Oct. 25 on the synod’s discernment of an “official ministry” for women. → Read More

From Guyana to Rome, the Synod has proved to be a rich place of encounter

Ms. Casimero described the synod process as a place where Catholics with differences are “coming together” and “able to listen to one another” while also “trying to see and understand from the other person’s point of view.” → Read More

Amazon Synod is a place of discernment that ‘must leave space for the Spirit’

The synod is “not a discussion, not a parliament,” but there is “a spiritual dynamic,” said Giacomo Costa, S.J., the synod’s secretary for information, at a Vatican press briefing on Oct. 16. The biblical image, he said, is “the blind man who throws away his cloak to go to God,” and for the synod it means “to leave behind the safety of your arguments.” → Read More

The Amazon synod is halfway over. Here’s what we know so far.

As the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon reaches its halfway point, leaders of indigenous communities are speaking with passion about what is at stake for their communities and their hopes for this synod. → Read More

Amazon Synod Weekly Roundup: Calls for ecological protection and new ministries for women

Participants expressed support for proposals to ordain women deacons and warned of the deadly consequences of climate change. → Read More

Here’s what happened on day four of the Amazon Synod.

On day four of the synod, the small language groups have begun to meet, signaling the moment in the synod process when “in a synodal way, everyone gives their contribution.” → Read More

Possibility of women deacons proposed on day three of the Amazon Synod

Bishop Kräutler said there are thousands of indigenous communities in the Amazon that “do not celebrate the Eucharist except perhaps one, two or three times a year.” The bishops in favor of ordaining married men, he said, “are not against celibacy. We just want these brothers and sisters of ours not to have just a celebration of the word but also the celebration of the Eucharist.” → Read More

Here’s what happened on the first day of the Amazon Synod.

The general relator of this special synod, emphasized several themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate: the church must “throw open her doors”; “true tradition” is “the church’s living history”; and “God always brings newness,” so “one must not fear what is new.” → Read More

A migrant’s cross for a new Jesuit cardinal

The cross is made from a piece of a wooden boat used by migrants to cross the Mediterranean to land on the island of Lampedusa. → Read More

Catholic sisters and nuns call for voting rights for women at the Amazon synod

Reform groups are seeking to bring attention to the fact that 185 men but no women are voting members of the Special Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region that begins on Oct. 6. → Read More

In the Amazon, Pope Francis is setting the agenda for a new kind of synod

Catholic bishops, indigenous leaders and experts are preparing to gather in Rome from Oct. 6 to Oct. 27 for the special Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region. → Read More

I fasted on only bread and juice for Lent. This is what I learned.

Fasting always sounds like a brilliant idea before the consequences hit home. Having lost some control over my bowel movements, I felt vulnerable and fragile. I was afraid. Was it really worth it? Would I make it the full 40 days? → Read More

Australian bishop: respect for woman is a top concern at Synod

“We have a picture of what the goal looks like—the dignity of women, women feeling appreciated, their gifts being used—but how do you get there?” → Read More

What’s it like being the only female cleric at the synod on young people?

“I was surprised that they even listened to me,” said Rev. Martina Viktorie Kopecká. “I am quite young and a woman. I wore a white stole. They are not pushing me away.” → Read More

Young Jesuit grad at the synod: justice for migrants is personal

The church must go out and encounter young people “in detention centers, at the borders.” → Read More

How Pope Francis carries on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of Christian nonviolence

“For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being.” → Read More

Guantánamo—is this American justice?

Guantánamo Diary belongs in a canon of great social justice memoirs not only for the unique context in which the story was written but also for its power and eloquence. → Read More

Daniel Berrigan remembered as apostle of peace at Easter Season Mass

"Dan's witness is an invitation to commit ourselves anew to the radical Gospel message." → Read More