Retired Brazilian Bishop Who Criticized Amazon Synod Experiences Bergoglio’s ‘Mercy’

The apostolic nuncio in Brazil, Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, has asked Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso to no longer live in the territory of the Prelature of Marajó, where he served for almost 30 years.

Bishop Azcona relayed the news to Father Kazimierz Antoni Skorki, the diocesan administrator of the prelature, who in a Dec. 9 Instagram post said the prelature had not received any notice from the nuncio nor been given any reason for the move.

The apostolic nuncio is the representative of the Holy See who serves as the ambassador of the pope in the countries that maintain diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

The Prelature of Marajó was created by Pope Pius XI on April 14, 1928. It currently encompasses nine municipalities on the island at the mouth of the Amazon River that belongs to Pará state and is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Belém do Pará.

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