Workers remove scaffolding from the remains of the roof of the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris July 14, 2020, after the historic cathedral was partially destroyed in a 2019 fire. A new study has found that the amount of lead that settled to the ground and likely seeped into houses downwind of the fire was far greater than officials indicated at the time. (CNS photo/Charles Platiau, Reuters)
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A new study has found that the amount of lead that settled to the ground and likely seeped into houses downwind of the fire and within about half a mile of the cathedral was far greater than officials indicated at the time.
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Catholic bishops from South America are warning that the pandemic will engender "a humanitarian and environmental tragedy" is something is not done to alleviate conditions particularly in the Amazon basin.
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The needs of the indigenous peoples in South America are especially urgent during this time of pandemic and eight bishops of Peru's Amazon region are pointing this out.
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Hospitals and funeral homes in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, are overwhelmed by the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, said Archbishop Luis Gerardo Cabrera Herrera.
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In a daylong meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Oct. 28, the governors made short presentations about steps they are taking toward sustainable development and problems they face.
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Deforestation, land grabbing and climate change -- life-and-death issues raised at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon -- also are wreaking havoc in Central America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands.

One likely outcome of the synod is a more coordinated pastoral response to those issues by church workers in every region of the world.

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Proposals for Amazonian development made by well-known observers at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon could conflict with the expectations of indigenous people unless they are included in decision-making, some synod participants said.
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"Our Christian faith and the church teach us to seek and to find God in all things, as St. Ignatius says in the Spiritual Exercises. There is no pantheism in this."
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Catholic church leaders in Peru have called for an end to political corruption in that country in the aftermath of President Martin Vizcarra's act to dissolve Congress, which subsequently led to a vote to have him removed from office.
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For more than three decades, Juscelina Silva Batista's life has followed the rise and fall of the Amazon River.