Pope decides to ban politicians in office from Amazon Synod

Pope decides to ban politicians in office from Amazon Synod

One month before the Amazon Synod, scheduled for October in Rome, the Vatican prepares Pope Francis' final list of special guests who will be participating in discussions concerning the rainforest, which expressly excludes politicians in office.

'No politicians in office or military personnel are invited. They will not participate', Cardinal D. Claudio Hummes, the general rapporteur for the Synod, appointed by the pontiff, told newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.

The Brazilian government had expressed, through diplomatic channels and the Armed Forces, an interest in having a voice in the world assembly of bishops dedicated to discussing socio-environmental problems in the nine 'Pan-Amazonian' countries and the Catholic presence in the region. President Jair Bolsonaro considers that there is 'much political influence' at the Synod.

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