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Voices of Indigenous Women on the Synod on the Amazon

Water ritual at the Convergence of International Women We are Medicine in Peru September 2019

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Kathy Bond in João Pessoa, Brazil, interviewed indigenous women and women invited to participate in the Synod on the Amazon and wrote the following articles:

Women at the Synod on the Amazon: Protecting Life  Sister Roselei Bertoldo, ICM, works to combat human trafficking in the Amazon region of Brazil. Sister Bertoldo offered the following comments on the concerns of women and indigenous communities in the Amazon just days before traveling to Rome to participate in the Synod on the Amazon as an auditor.

Women's International Convergence: We are Medicine – Women spiritual practitioners from around the world gathered in Peru this past September. 

Women Indigenous Spirituality: Giving Voice to What Cannot Speak – A Native American woman medicine healer shares what she would say, if given the opportunity, to Pope Francis and the Catholic bishops and auditors meeting in Rome for the Synod on the Amazon, regarding the value of indigenous spirituality and traditions in helping to heal our broken world.

Indigenous Women: A Source of Wisdom for Our Church – A Namibian woman human rights activist shares what she would say, if given the opportunity, to Pope Francis and the Catholic bishops and auditors meeting in Rome for the Synod on the Amazon, regarding the value of indigenous spirituality and traditions in helping to heal our broken world.

Aboriginal and Indigenous Spirituality: "They are me and I am Them" – An Aboriginal woman and traditional healer from Australia describes the kinship she feels with the indigenous people of the Amazon. She identifies common aspects of their spiritualities and describes how she feels when indigenous ways of life are threatened in any part of the world. 

Indigenous Spirituality Can Bring Us Home – A woman rabbi shares what she would say, if given the opportunity, to Pope Francis and others meeting in Rome for the Synod on the Amazon, regarding the value of indigenous spirituality and traditions in helping to heal our broken world.