The Amazon Synod’s Carved Figures were stolen and thrown into the Tiber River A video has emerged on YouTube on Oct. 21, 2019 which shows two men taking several wooden figures of the primitive artwork of Our Lady from the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, with the exhibition, “Amazon: Common Home.” It is located near the Vatican. They threw the artwork into the Tiber River.
These figures used at many events of the Vatican’s Amazon Synod. Some have considered them as images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and others say they depict the indigeneous religious figure “Pachamama.”
A Vatican spokesmen have characterized them as symbols of “life.” They were stolen from the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. The Church is in the immediate area of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica and has been the location of events.
In the video the men throw the figures from the side of the Sant’Angelo Bridge into the Tiber River. At a news conference Oct. 21, Paolo Ruffini, head of Vatican communications, said it was a “stunt.” Ruffini also said that throwing the statues “is a gesture that seems to me to contradict the spirit of dialogue that should always animate everything.” “I don’t know what else to say. It was a theft...”
In the caption beneath the second video, it says the action was taken “for only one reason: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Blessed Mother and everybody who follows Christ are being attacked by members of our own Church. We do not accept this!...” the caption continues. The Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region is a meeting on ministry of the Church in the Amazon. It is taking place at the Vatican until Oct. 27.