▪ The Synod of Bishops on the Amazon took place in the New Synod Hall at Vatican from 6-27 October. Together with the Pope there were 185 Synod Fathers, most of them from the Pan–Amazonian Region and a great number of experts and listeners, including many indigenous people participating in this great event of the Church, reflecting on the theme: Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology. In his homily at the opening Mass of the Synod the Holy Father reminded those present that Jesus did not come to bring a gentle evening breeze, but to light a fire on the earth. He prayed that the Spirit of Jesus may give all the Synod Fathers daring prudence and inspire all to renew the paths of the church in Amazonia, so that the fire of mission will continue to burn. It is the fire of love that illumines warms and gives life, not a fire that blazes up and devours. In his final message capping off a Vatican summit meant to extend the Church’s pastoral ministry in the Amazon region, Pope Francis warned against building walls and ignoring the traditions of those often on the margins of society.