- Mar 30, 2020
A new Human Rights Watch report, titled “Rainforest Mafias,” draws on data collected by the Pastoral Land Commission, a non-profit group founded by progressive sectors of the Brazilian Catholic Church which has issued an annual report on human rights violations in rural sectors of the country since 1985.
In a telegram sent Friday, Pope Francis said he was “saddened by the tragic death” of Daphne Caruana Galizia and was praying for her family, the Maltese people and the nation as a whole “at this difficult moment.” Malta has been stunned by Monday’s slaying of Caruana Galizia, an anti-corruption investigative reporter whose targets included Malta’s leading politicians.
On the 25th anniversary of the murders of two Italian judges killed by the mafia, Pope Francis insisted on the Vatican’s commitment in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The latest papal tweet falls in line with Francis’s determination to transform words into concrete actions against all mafia, including those within the Church.
Four Catholic catechists were found dead on Tuesday in Mexico, coming hard on the heels of the murder of three Catholic priests. Areas of Mexico under the control of drug cartels and criminal gangs are considered among the most dangerous areas of the world for Catholic pastoral workers.