- Apr 16, 2021
Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto, the new leader of the Church’s largest network in the Amazon, has said his top priorities are to protect indigenous communities and to fight poverty as COVID-19 continues to ravage Latin America.
Two siblings in Colombia launched The Harvest: Amazonian Barter. Now dozens of people line up every Friday in front of a truck packed with soap, rice, oil and other products that they exchange for fruits that would otherwise go to waste because of the virus.
Bishops in Bolivia’s Amazon region praised residents of a small town who seized a light plane, apparently owned by drug traffickers, that had violated their ban on landing at the local airstrip.
According to the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), the people of the Amazon region are more at risk to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, due to the lack of proper educational system and to the inaccessibility to adequate hygienic and sanitary services.
Despite the fact that an estimated 5 percent of the Australian population is of aboriginal descent, in the two centuries the Catholic Church has been present on the continent, there have been few indigenous vocations to the priesthood. According to Sydney’s archbishop, this presents some similarities with the realities of the Amazon region.
Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.
An Alaska Catholic organization announced plans to house at least 300 more homeless families after receiving $5 million from a fund backed by Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos, organization officials said.
Poor people from the Amazon have shown that God’s creation must be treated “not as a resource to be exploited but as a home to be preserved, with trust in God,” Pope Francis said.