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River Missionaries, Deforestation, and COVID-19

Event Date:

April 26, 2021 | 12:30 PM EDT TO 1:30 PM EDT
Indigenous mother asks missionary Marta Rueda to baptize her son. Photo by Rodrigo Pedroso. Peru, 2019.

Catholic missionaries first arrived in the Amazon five centuries ago. Who are they and what are they...


Please join the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Pulitzer Center on Monday, April 26, at 12:30pm EDT for a conversation with journalist Rodrigo Pedroso

Pedroso is a Brazilian journalist who reports for CNN. As part of the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund, his project River Missionaries: The Catholic Counteroffensive in the Amazon explores the dynamics and work of Catholic missionaries in an area where evangelical Christians and the theology of prosperity are booming alongside deforestation.

In this conversation with Niyanta Spelman, founder and CEO of Rainforest Partnership, Pedroso will share the stories of parishes struggling to survive and missionaries who serve hard-to-reach villages in the Amazon region.

They also will discuss the role of religious communities in combating deforestation, as well as how Catholic, Indigenous, and local communities in the Amazon have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The dialogue will be moderated by Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental coalition headquartered in Highland Park, N.J.

To register for this event, click here. The webinar will be recorded and a captioned video will be posted here after the event.


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