Nuns risk their lives to save Amazon rain forest
Catholic World News - March 31, 2010
An AP story recounts the apparent effort in 2007 to assassinate Sister Leonara Brunetto, a Brazilian Catholic nun who is working with indigenous tribes to stop the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. An American religious, Sister Dorothy Stang, was killed in the same effort.
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Posted by: ColmCille -
Apr. 01, 2010 2:58 PM ET USA
I would not assume anything about anyone. Rash judgment is a sin. Reading the AP article, it seems there is more involved than simply saving trees (a possibly good, though tertiary, cause). Sister seems to be advocating for the poor and oppressed. From the article: "The main cause of deforestation, the government says, are ranchers who illegally clear jungle to graze cattle and grow soy — often using threats and violence to remove the poor farmers eking a living there."
Posted by: Ken -
Apr. 01, 2010 7:12 AM ET USA
Why is a nun trying to stop the destruction of the Amazon rain forest? What is going on here?
Posted by: adamah -
Mar. 31, 2010 8:34 PM ET USA
Why do I suspect they may not be as willing to die for their Catholic faith?