- Jan 25, 2021
Catholic leaders warn that as the coronavirus pandemic spreads into the Amazon basin, the region may face a “humanitarian and environmental tragedy.”
As coronavirus cases surge in Peru’s two largest Amazonian cities, Catholic leaders are struggling to find ways to provide the sick with the most basic health need — life-sustaining oxygen.
As the COVID-19 pandemic increasingly exposes fault lines between the rich and poor, the eight bishops of Peru’s Amazonian region have urged the government to pay particular attention to the needs of indigenous people.
As the coronavirus spreads through South America, Catholic Church leaders are calling urgently for governments to protect indigenous people.
The coronavirus pandemic swept much of the world before reaching Latin America, giving leaders time to learn from the high death rates in countries like Spain and Italy.
Late March 15, Peru’s president declared a state of emergency, ordered ordinary people to stay home, and announced that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the country.