Pope Francis's exhortation 'Querida Amazonia' issued

16 February 2020

One commentator has written "This means the end of the papacy as commander-in-chief. Pope Francis is saying 'Go ahead and follow the lead of the Spirit.'"

Pope Francis explains  in paragraph 3 of Querida Amazonia:

"At the same time, I would like to officially present the Final Document, which sets forth the conclusions of the Synod, which profited from the participation of many people who know better than myself or the Roman Curia the problems and issues of the Amazon region, since they live there, they  experience its suffering and they love it passionately. I have  preferred not to cite the Final Document in this Exhortation, because I would encourage everyone to read it in full."