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Francis strongly sides with indigenous peoples and calls the Amazon, God's “holy ground”

Saturday, January 20th 2018 - 08:16 UTC
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From deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded on Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God's “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the primary forces in determining its future. Read full article


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  • chronic

    And people question Trump's integrity and ability?

    This cat is certifiable.

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 08:51 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    The Pope is a religious leader, of course he's going to talk about god.

    He sounds remarkably sensible, it's quite a change to have a pope who wants to solve problems rather than just tell people they are living their lives wrong.

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • chronic

    Dumbass, there's already been a universal plebiscite on Communism!

    It doesn't work!

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    Chronic, wanting rights to their land so they can benefit from its resources is the exact opposite of communism.

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 05:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Brilliant advocacy from Francis - and a (tragically) appropriate name, Puerto Maldonado...

    Jan 21st, 2018 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Enrique Massot

    Well said by Francisco: greed is destroying one of the last areas of our planet where nature and human beings still coexist in a harmonic way.

    In the same way many still argue that “we can't do otherwise” but keep pillaging our planet natural resources, many were saying we could not do without the CFC gas in aerosols...until de destruction of the ozone layer and its consequences became apparent.

    Why can't humans understand the collective suicide we are committing in the name of an irrational appropriation system that doesn't know where to stop is one of those puzzles still awaiting resolution--before is too late.

    Jan 21st, 2018 - 04:29 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • The Voice

    I went through Puerto Maldonado and about 50km into the rainforest to a jungle camp on an Amazon tributory. Never saw any Indians? We did visit a farmer living alone with 30 hectares producing things he sold to the camps. The government will give you land to farm free in that area. Its pretty remote. They did talk about the mercury pollution.

    Its all very well sitting in a comfy place like Rome or Calgary bellyaching about it but whats the solution?

    Jan 22nd, 2018 - 04:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -1

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