Bishops Speak Up for the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest has been ablaze for nearly three weeks, the flames eating away at the "lungs of the earth," the lush region that provides 20% of the planet's oxygen. Seeing the devastation, the Bishops of Latin America released a statement on Thursday titled "We raise our voice for the Amazon rainforest."

"The bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean want to raise our concern over the gravity of this tragedy that not only has a local or a regional impact, but of planetary proportions," the bishops of CELAM - the Latin American bishops' conference - wrote.

This blaze is unlike wildfires we've become accustomed to in the U.S. Deforestation, political tension and other factors have contributed to the spread of flames, which are reaching across borders and regions. It is a tragedy that affects the whole planet, not just those nearby. Read more about this alarming disaster, and the Catholic response, from Crux.

August 23, 2019 - 10:51am
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