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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service July 15, 2019
For more than three decades, Juscelina Silva Batista's life has followed the rise and fall of the Amazon River.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service July 15, 2019
"People used to live there," said Joana Gomes da Silva, pointing to the cluster of skeletal trunks and branches. "It was a very pretty house. It's underwater now."
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service July 12, 2019
Although slavery as an institution no longer exists, forms of forced labor persist in the country.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service July 10, 2019
With the miners came violence and diseases like malaria, to which the relatively isolated Indians had no resistance. In one village, no one survived. In others, as many as one-third of the villagers succumbed, some to disease and others to malnutrition.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service May 08, 2019
According to Catholic relief agencies, indigenous families, such as the Warao, have been forced to flee to Venezuala from Brazil, because of environmental and economic hardships.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service September 05, 2018
A year after Pope Francis urged Colombians to build unity and a nation for all after more than half a century of conflict, the country's Catholic Church continues to play a key role in the quest for reconciliation.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service July 19, 2018
On a Sunday night in early July, four men -- two of them indigenous -- were brutally murdered in Assis, a tiny Brazilian town on the border with Peru.
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service March 23, 2018
Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned amid accusations of corruption.
Venezuelan migrants walk across the border from Venezuela into the Brazilian city of Pacaraima. In his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees Jan. 14, Pope Francis urged countries to welcome, protect and integrate foreigners who cross their borders. (CNS photo/Nacho Doce)
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service January 10, 2018
Spiraling inflation, a shortage of necessities such as food and medicine, and high crime rates have driven hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to seek better opportunities in other countries. 
A Brazilian Indian in Brasilia takes part in a demonstration against the violation of indigenous rights on April 27. The Brazilian bishops' Indigenous Missionary Council criticized an April 30 attack in a remote area of Maranhao state that left 13 Gamela Indians injured. (CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters)
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Barbara Fraser - Catholic News Service September 19, 2017
Catholic leaders respond forcefully to reports that an indigenous group was massacred to make way for illegal gold mining in the Amazon, casting blame on the Brazilian government.