Latin America

Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

Mining and other extractive industries are driving human rights abuses and damaging the environment in the Amazon, say indigenous leaders. During meetings at the UN in New York 22 April to 1 May, community leaders supported by the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial network (REPAM) will raise the plight of their people. Caritas is a member of REPAM. ...

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Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

Caritas is responding to a devastating landslide in Mocoa, south-west Colombia, which has left at least 290 people dead, over 300 still missing and 200 injured, in the worst disaster of its kind to hit the country since the 1980s. Caritas Colombia said, “At dawn on Saturday 1 April the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulata rivers ...

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Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while celebrating the Eucharist on March 24, 1980. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Archbishop of San Salvador and President of Cáritas El Salvador reminds us of his legacy. How did you meet Monsignor Romero? Monsignor Romero and I are originally from the same diocese, the diocese of ...

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Caritas distributing aid in flood affected areas in Peru

Caritas distributing aid in flood affected areas in Peru

Peru is facing one of the biggest natural disaster caused by the El Niño conditions which has brought torrential rain, landslides and floods affecting thousands of families in the region of Lima, Ica, Ancash, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Arequipa, Piura and Tumbes. Peruvian officials have reported 75 deaths, 263 people injured, 10,538 collapsed houses, 159 bridges ...

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Pope Francis’ seven suggestions to help child migrants

Pope Francis’ seven suggestions to help child migrants

Do you want to help child migrants? Here are seven suggestions from Pope Francis. Welcome child migrants into our homes, our communities and our nations. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn ...

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