While this group of Brazilian bishops met with the pope in rome for their every-five-year visits, they also held a press conference. They acknowledge another threat than the death-threats against three of their number.
The bishops are not opposed to technological progress; however, they do not want to see the disaster of dislocation of people, destruction of homes and disruptions to livelihoods and to society.
“A threat to the Amazon is a threat to the entire planet, and everyone has an obligation to defend it,” Kräutler said.
While the injustices surrounding the Amazon region are hardly new, the bishops wanted to sound a particular alarm about what they see as the latest chapter in that story: Construction of a massive hydroelectric dam, called Belo Monte, which has recently been approved by the Brazilian government.
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