- Dec 8, 2019
The Catholic Church has been present in the Amazon for centuries, but that presence has not come without errors, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno.
Women have increasingly participated as leaders at the national and international level in the Amazon’s environmental activist circles.
Religious leaders in Colombia promised to step up efforts to prevent the destruction of rainforests in the South American country, as they launched a coalition known as the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.
Peru’s bishops have called for guarantees of “constitutional rule of law and an honorable, honest and independent judicial system” as the country faces a widening corruption scandal.
Companies that once avoided Colombia’s Amazonian region because of the hazards of war are now jockeying to profit from timber, oil, minerals and palm oil plantations. That places small farmers and the Catholic Church workers who help them on a dangerous frontier marked by conflicts over land, oil, mining and drug crops.
Young people from the Youth Leaders with Transformative Faith Movement in Colombia are helping with a morning of activities designed to ease possible tensions between local residents and Venezuelan migrants who have arrived in the neighborhood.