By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Vatican released yesterday, June 17th, the preliminary document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, which will be held from October 6th to 27th and will discuss the evangelization of native peoples and the preservation of the forest.

The report provides the opportunity for married laymen to become priests, but only under certain conditions. This possibility may preferably be offered to indigenous people, where priests are scarce and Christian communities sometimes stay weeks without attending mass.

The concept has been under debate since last year, after the summoning of . . .

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