Many farming families in Anapu, in the south of Pará, Brazil, gathered to commemorate the murder 11 years ago of Sr Dorothy Stang. The 73-year-old sister was known for her courage and her availability; a faithful friend and close to the problems of the local population, she was born in the United States, was naturalized Brazilian and belonged to the Congregation of Notre Dame. For more than 20 years Sr Dorothy was committed to the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT) [Pastoral Land Commission] and firmly and passionately accompanied life in the fields, especially in the Trans-Amazonian region of the State of Pará. Due to her denunciation of the violent actions of the fazendeiros and the grileiros,she had received many death threats since 1999 until she was murdered with six shots at point blank range in a locality 40 kilometres from the city of Anapu. During the week of meetings and celebrations for the anniversary there was talk of the recent crimes committed this year at Eldorado do Carajás: basically, with exactly the same motives that led to Sr Dorothy’s assassination.
St. Peter’s Square
Dec. 8, 2019
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