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The Brazilian Amazon: The legacy of an eco-martyr

National Catholic Reporter

Story and Photos by PAUL JEFFREY Para, Brazil
Publication date:
July 11, 2008

The Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon Deep in the Brazilian Amazon,

Antonia Silva Lima lives in a place called Hope. She came to the rain forest more than two decades ago, following thousands of other migrants fleeing poverty in other parts of Brazil. The settlers moved deep into the forest and cut down trees to grow subsistence crops, only to be chased off their small plots by gunmen at the hire of government-sanctioned wealthy land grabbers. Then four years ago Lima and her family joined a small gathering of peasant farmers committed to living sustainably in the middle of the jungle without cutting it down. She was encouraged to join the project by Dorothy Stang, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur who gave the village its name: Esperança — the Portuguese word for hope. Continue reading The Brazilian Amazon: The legacy of an eco-martyr

Bishop Erwin Krautler’s homily delivered at the Eucharist celebration on the occasion of the third anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang’s assassination.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Our Lord Jesus Christ,

We celebrate the third anniversary of the death of our Sister Dorothy.  On February 12, 2005 she was brutally executed.  During these three years I have been asked many times why a Sister who consecrated her life to the poor and accompanied their struggle for more dignity, for justice and for the most elementary rights to have a piece of ground where they could plant and reap, why this sister of the poor suffered such a cruel death.  The answer is simple and we all know what it is.  To place herself decidedly on the side of the people not favored by and excluded from a savage capitalist system that reigns in our region, she went against the interests and ambitions of an oligarchy that wants assume ownership of Amazonia to take advantage its riches without a single care for the consequences for future generations.  The motto is “Use it while you can” and who sketches a plan against this attack, places ones life at risk because the representatives of this system that is so aggressive to Amazonia react and conspire immediately against anyone who does not sign on with the plan.  Dorothy was a victim of her love for Amazonia.  Because of this love she lost her life. More