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Families uprooted by Belo Monte reveal the dam’s dark side

Backgrounder: Eleventh in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ALTAMIRA, Brazil (CNS) — Treetops poke above the surface of the lake that laps at the shore of this Amazonian town. “People used to live there,” said … Continue reading

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Growth threatens lifestyle in Amazon’s Afro-Brazilian societies

Backgrounder: Tenth of a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service SANTAREM, Brazil (CNS) — Marluce Coelho has mixed feelings about the college scholarship that has made her one of about 300 students of Afro-Brazilian descent studying at … Continue reading

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Missionaries quest to save Amazonian indigenous languages

Backgrounder: Ninth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ST. IGNATIUS, Guyana (CNS) — In an open-sided circular building beside the Catholic chapel in this Amerindian village, Scarboro Father Ron MacDonell was explaining how the tongue, … Continue reading

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In new interview, pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an “urgent” gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope … Continue reading

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Music, poetry used to teach respect for environment in Amazon

Eighth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service HIOWA, Guyana (CNS) — Joseph Abraham, the son of two of the first teachers to work in Guyana’s remote Amerindian villages, never went to secondary school. Yet he … Continue reading

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On anniversary, Japan’s bishops renew hope for nuclear-free world

  By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the bishops of Japan are renewing calls and prayers to build peace by abolishing nuclear … Continue reading

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In Guyana’s Rupununi region, the young feel lure of city lifestyle

Backgrounder: Seventh in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service LETHEM, Guyana (CNS) — Edwina Tancredo last saw her 17-year-old son more than a year ago, when he and some friends left the village of Hiowa to … Continue reading

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