Bishop highlights need for lay ministries in Amazon
VATICAN CITY — Lay men and women involved in ministry have been fundamental in spreading the Gospel and furthering the Catholic Church’s mission in the Amazon, a Brazilian bishop said.
Bishop Wilmar Santin of Itaituba, told journalists at a Vatican press briefing Oct. 10 that the formation of “ministers of the word” among the Munduruku indigenous community in his prelature helped advance the church’s mission and presence.
The bishop said he was inspired to begin a permanent diaconate formation program for the indigenous community after attending a meeting with Cardinal Claudio Hummes, relator general of the synod, in Manaus, Brazil.
The cardinal had