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Indigenous leader asks Pope to support Brazilian president in reversing damage to the Amazon

April 11, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis received Davi Kopenawa, a shaman and representative of the indigenous Yanomami of Brazil, in an April 10 audience.

On the previous day, the Vatican newspaper highlighted the high levels of mercury contamination suffered by the Yanomami communities in the Amazon region as a result of nearby gold mines.

Kopenawa asked Pope Francis to support Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s efforts to combat illegal mining and assist the Yanomami. The Pontiff said he would speak with the president.

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