- Sep 18, 2020
Bolivia’s bishops want environmental concerns to play a key role when voters go to the polls to elect a new government in October.
Bolivia’s Catholic bishops have once again offered themselves as mediators in the country’s ongoing clash between the government and sectors of society who still support former president Evo Morales.
Church leaders sent a strong message of support to an unprecedented virtual assembly of more than 3,000 indigenous leaders, small farmers, environmental campaigners and women from the nine countries of the Amazon region seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week three bishops from Bolivia, Brazil and Bangladesh were among the latest casualties of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Bishop Eugenio Scarpellini of El Alto, Bolivia, died July 15 after contracting COVID-19. He was 66.
Marcela Rabaza Valverde, executive director of Caritas Bolivia, is an economist with two master’s degrees who on any given day is coordinating aid for thousands of prisoners, elderly people and indigenous populations.