Pope Fran­cis urges bold ac­tion to pro­tect Ama­zon amid fires

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VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis urged bish­ops on Sun­day to boldly shake up the sta­tus quo as they chart ways to bet­ter care for the Ama­zon and its indige­nous peo­ple amid threats from for­est fires, de­vel­op­ment and what he called ide­o­log­i­cal “ashes of fear.”

Fran­cis opened a three-week meet­ing on pre­serv­ing the rain­for­est and min­is­ter­ing to its na­tive peo­ple as he fended off at­tacks from con­ser­va­tives who are op­posed to his eco­log­i­cal agenda.

Fran­cis cel­e­brated an open­ing Mass in St. Peter’s Basil­ica on Sun­day with global at­ten­tion newly fo­cused on the for­est fires that are de­vour­ing the Ama­zon.

On hand for the ser­vice were indige­nous peo­ple from sev­eral tribes, as well as more than 180 South Amer­i­can car­di­nals, bish­ops and priests.

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