Pope Francis announced the retrieval of the controversial “Pachamama” statues seen at the Amazon synod that were thrown into the Tiber River.

On 21st, the “Pachamama” statues that have been at the heart of contention surrounding the Amazon synod were taken from a church in Rome and thrown into the Tiber River.

Last Friday, Pope Francis announced the statues of what he referred to as the “Pachamama” had been retrieved from the river and issued an apology for the actions of the two unknown men. His off-the-cuff comments were delivered after the liturgical prayer opening the 15th General Congregation for the Amazon Synod.

“First of all, this happened in Rome, and, as Bishop of the Diocese, I ask pardon of the persons who were offended by this act.”

Pope Francis said the statues of a pagan god that were in a Roman church “without idolatrous intentions were retrieved from the Tiber and “were not damaged.” They are now being held in the office of the Italian police commander until they can be used in the celebration of Mass to close the Amazon synod.

There is no clarification if Pope Francis used the term “Pachamama” colloquially or was referring to the Andean fertility goddess “Mother Earth.” Some have also made the claim the statue is the Virgin Mary. However, communications official for the Amazon synod Father Giacomo Costa added clarity to the situation, saying: “It is not the Virgin Mary, who said it is the Virgin Mary?”

Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communications, agreed with Costa, saying in his personal opinion the figure “fundamentally, represents life. It represents life through a woman.” He equated the image to that of a tree, saying “a tree is a sacred symbol.”

Read the full transcript of Pope Francis’ comments here.

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  1. Catholicism is a misguided teachings that teach human teachings.
    1. Is there in the Bible listed Mary taken to heaven?
    2. Is there in the Bible listed Mary queen of heaven?
    3. Is there in the Bible listed Mary innocent?
    4. Is there in the Bible listed we should do the Rosary prayer?
    5. Is it in the Bible listed we are told to pray to the dead and ask the dead for help?
    6. Is there in the Bible listed we are told to make a statue in place of worship and should kneel and kiss it a statue?
    7. Is it in the Bible that only the Pope can interpret the Bible?
    8. Does the Bible say the Pope can not go astray / wrong?

    Show the Bible verse, if you do not immediately get out of a catholic seducer.

    • The Bible is an unabridged source of the truth. Not all the teachings of Jesus is found in the Bible. “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) Where you, yourself can find it? No, unless you’ll got to the Catholic church because all things not found in the Bible that you idolized is found through the church tradition, teachings which was preached verbally and taken down as part of the church teachings.

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