Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statues

Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statuesPope Francis asked for forgiveness from Amazon bishops and others at a Church assembly on Friday after conservative Catholic militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped them in the Tiber river. “First of all, this happened in Rome, so as bishop of the diocese, I ask forgiveness from the persons who were offended by this gesture,” he said at the start of the last session of the three-week assembly, known as a synod. The synod is discussing the future of the Church in the Amazon and threats to its environment.



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