- Oct 29, 2020
Earlier this week it was announced that Cardinal Pedro Barreto, who was among the chief architects of last year’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, would be taking charge of the Catholic Church’s leading entity dedicated to protecting the Pan-Amazonian region.
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.
In early May, 67 bishops and priests from the Amazon region published an open letter, asking for more attention from federal and state governments as well as state and federal legislation for the disease in the region.
Church-backed agencies are accusing the Brazilian government of doing very little to protect the country’s indigenous population from being contaminated by COVID-19 and say new government measures could increase the number of farmers and loggers invading indigenous territory.
According to the Archbishop of Manus in Brazil, the official figures of coronavirus deaths “are doubtful,” noting a huge rise in funerals in his archdiocese.