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President of Polish Episcopate Thanks Pope for Exhortation for Amazon

‘A Loud Cry of the Church for the Rights of the Poor’

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«I thank Your Holiness for this necessary, important and sensitive voice, which becomes a loud cry of the Church for the rights of the poor, the original peoples and the least of our brothers and sisters, where their voices can be heard and their dignity advanced,” emphasized the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki,  in a letter to Pope Francis.

The President of the Polish Episcopate wrote: “On behalf of the faithful and the pastors of the Church in Poland, I would like to thank the Holy Father most sincerely for another Apostolic Exhortation of Querida Amazonia, which arose in the heart of Your Holiness as the fruit of dialogue and discernment during the last General Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region.»

Archbishop Gądecki pointed out: “My gratitude is all the deeper the more I discover with what care and love the Holy Father, as Pater Patrum, surrounds the children of our beloved Mother – the Church, scattered across all continents and inhabiting even the most remote places, often not only forgotten and overlooked by many but even exploited and destroyed.»

In his letter to the Pope, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki also stated that, according to the Holy Father’s words, this exhortation is a cry for an Amazon region “that can preserve its distinctive cultural riches, where the beauty of our humanity shines forth in so many varied ways” and “that can jealously preserve its overwhelming natural beauty and the superabundant life teeming in its rivers and forests”.

He emphasized that this exhortation is a manifestation of the memory and concern of the whole Church for our brothers living in the Amazon region, for the place that is home to millions of people and for nature destroyed by irresponsible economy.

The President of the Polish Episcopate, assuring of his prayers for the Holy Father, wrote: “Together with the whole Church that is in Poland, through the intercession of the Immaculate Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Mother given by Him under the Cross to all the children of the world, including the peoples of the beloved Amazon, we pray that the dreams of the Holy Father, through God’s grace and the commitment of all of us, may inspire people of good will to take even greater care of the Amazon region and its peoples”.

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