Brazilian Indigenous Rights During Synod on Amazon & Situation in Northeastern Syria

On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the Synod on the Amazon and the church in Syria.

Cecilia Iorio is a Program Manager for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)– the official aid agency of the Catholic Church of England and Wales. Cecilia shares with us about some of the work of CAFOD in her home country of Brazil, and particularly its work in the Amazon region of Brazil (which makes up approximately 40% of Brazil’s total land area). She talks to us about working with local tribes in that region to support indigenous rights, including environmental and land rights which is one of topics of the Synod for the Amazon taking place at the Vatican in Rome this month, and what her hopes are for the outcome of the Synod for the people she works with back in Brazil.

Michael La Civita is the Chief Communications Officer of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association talks about what he has heard from local Church communities in northeastern Syria since the United States has withdrawn its troops from that area and Turkish forces have advanced south into the location which was formerly occupied by United States Forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. CNEWA and other humanitarian organizations on the ground in that area are planning to respond to the anticipated increase in refugees that the Turkish incursion is likely to cause.

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