Since its release in June, the instrumentum laboris or working document for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region has provoked fierce criticism from some segments of the Catholic Church, with responses from influential cardinals and petitions against it circulating on the internet.[…] Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno, the archbishop of Huancayo in south-central Peru, stepped forward to defend the working document of the synod in an article published by La Civiltà Cattolica in July as “an expression of the voice of the people of God.” […]

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