Brazil: Renowned Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga Dies at 92

Casaldáliga was the Bishop Emeritus of the Prelature of São Félix do Araguaia and famous for his defense of the rights of the indigenous people of Brazil.

Soon after being ordained a bishop, he published a pastoral letter titled “The Church of the Amazon in conflict with large landowners and social marginalization,” in which he denounced the situation of slavery and violence suffered by the peoples and communities in the region. He also denounced the environmental problems the indigenous people faced and claimed large landowners were committing genocide against the indigenous peoples with the complicity of the then-military government.

This letter, and the work he carried out during his life, gained him great renown as a spokesperson of the Brazil’s indigenous people and the peasants of the country; it also garnered him many death threats.

Source: Crux

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