Tag Archives: Dispatches From the Amazon series

Miners, loggers invade indigenous lands; isolated people die

Backgrounder: Sixth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service BOA VISTA, Brazil (CNS) — Consolata Brother Carlo Zacquini was ministering among the Yanomami people in a remote area of Brazil, near the border with Venezuela, when … Continue reading

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In Amazon’s borderlands, ‘you have to be prepared’ for anything

Backgrounder: Fifth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ISLANDIA, Peru (CNS) — The parish where Sister Maria Emilia Molenda Kuche works stretches along the banks of the Amazon River and far up the Yavari River, … Continue reading

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Sister Dorothy Stang helped Amazonians rethink use of forest

Backgrounder: Fourth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ANAPU, Brazil (CNS) — The ads were irresistible: The Brazilian government was selling large tracts of property along a new highway in the heartland of Brazil, offering … Continue reading

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Defending Amazon against agribusiness can be dangerous

Backgrounder: Third in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ANAPU, Brazil (CNS) — Across a stream and down a dirt road at the edge of this Amazonian town, a carefully tended crypt marks the burial place … Continue reading

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In Amazon’s cities, indigenous people are often invisible

Backgrounder: Second in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service MANAUS, Brazil (CNS) — Three decades ago, when Pedro Mura was 12, ranchers seeking to seize his community’s land threatened his family with death. The family, Mura … Continue reading

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South America’s Amazon: culturally diverse, globally important

Backgrounder: First in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service LIMA, Peru (CNS) — When Pope Francis came face to face with more than 2,000 Amazonian indigenous people in Peru in January 2018, he told them the … Continue reading

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