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RELIGION IN BRAZIL

Brazil has over 125 million Catholics, making it the country with the largest baptised Roman Catholic population in the world. The faith took root after Jesuit missionaries arrived in the wake of the early Portuguese explorers in the 16 th Century. Over the centuries...
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THE AMAZON RIVER

The Amazon River flows eastward through South America for about 6,275 km. from its source in the Andes to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean. Second in length to Africa’s Nile, the Amazon carries the greatest volume of water of any river in the world. Navigable for almost its entire length, the Amazon provides an important commercial route through the continent...
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

The relationship of the indigenous people with the environment is both an inheritance and an investment that links the past with the future. The Amazon has a long history of human settlement. According to the United Nations Environment Info Kit about the Amazon rainforest (2006), contrary to popular belief, sizeable and sedentary societies of great complexity existed in the Amazon rainforest in the past...
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ECOLOGY

In recent decades, the Amazon has suffered immense deforestation as a result of increased industrialization. The most damaging sources of deforestation include logging, land clearance for agriculture, cattle-raising, urbanization, mining, oil exploitation, acid rain and fire...
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UNITING VOICES

During past Symposia, the Religious and Scientific Committee has worked with the leading scientists, environmentalists and policy-makers of the countries visited, with the common aim of sharing knowledge and expertise. The objective is to provide a forum for constructive dialogue between both national and international institutions and representatives of the world’s religious faiths, and to identify shared views and common ground, through the presentation of research, key concerns and possible solutions...
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THE THEOLOGICAL APPROACH TO THE ECOLOGICAL PROBLEM
Metropolitan John of Pergamon

The risk of a mass extinction of “life οn the planet” immediately grasps οur attention. Indeed, though it might sound like as an exaggeration at first, the danger of an apocalyptic end of life on our planet is not a matter of prophecy but a foreseeable outcome of the ecological dynamic that has evolved in our era...
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