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Querida Amazonia

The Holy Father Francis has published his much-anticipated document "Querida Amazonia" - the opening words like those of a letter "Dear Amazonia". It is a powerful and poetic read, tackling everything from climate change to ministry within the Church. You can read the full document here ...…/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20200...

It is beautifully summarised in its final words - a prayer to Our Lady composed by the Pope:


Mother of life,

in your maternal womb Jesus took flesh,

the Lord of all that exists.

Risen, he transfigured you by his light

and made you the Queen of all creation.

For that reason, we ask you, Mary, to reign

in the beating heart of Amazonia.

Show yourself the Mother of all creatures,

in the beauty of the flowers, the rivers,

the great river that courses through it

and all the life pulsing in its forests.

Tenderly care for this explosion of beauty.

Ask Jesus to pour out all his love

on the men and women who dwell there,

that they may know how to appreciate and care for it.

Bring your Son to birth in their hearts,

so that he can shine forth in the Amazon region,

in its peoples and in its cultures,

by the light of his word,

by his consoling love,

by his message of fraternity and justice.

And at every Eucharist,

may all this awe and wonder be lifted up

to the glory of the Father.

Mother, look upon the poor of the Amazon region,

for their home is being destroyed by petty interests.

How much pain and misery,

how much neglect and abuse there is

in this blessed land

overflowing with life!

Touch the hearts of the powerful,

for, even though we sense that the hour is late,

you call us to save

what is still alive.

Mother whose heart is pierced,

who yourself suffer in your mistreated sons and daughters,

and in the wounds inflicted on nature,

reign in the Amazon,

together with your Son.

Reign so that no one else can claim lordship

over the handiwork of God.

We trust in you, Mother of life.

Do not abandon us

in this dark hour.


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