- Jul 15, 2020
Pressure from land conflicts and decline of expectations and perspectives have led the indigenous populations in Brazil to register some of the highest suicide rates in the country, said the Indigenous Missionary Council, linked to the Brazilian bishops’ conference.
On a Sunday morning, Deacon Ferney Pereira was leading a prayer service in this small village’s Catholic Church.
The upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon will focus on the devastating effects of climate change on the environment and on indigenous communities, but it also will look at ways to meet the spiritual needs of the region’s people.
After denouncing the record number of wildfires in the Amazon in August and the growing deforestation of the region, the Brazilian Catholic Church is pressuring the government to guarantee the safety of several Amazonian indigenous peoples, alerting the authorities of the imminent risk of genocide in northern Brazil.
As the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon approaches, preparations in the region are taking place against a complex backdrop, as indigenous communities launch increasing protests against political policies they say infringe on their rights.
As a physician for Indian Health Service on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Dr. Mary DesRosier serves her neighbors, her friends and her family — and sees the face of God in them.