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On the occasion of Ash Wednesday, which in Brazil marks the beginning of the Campaign of Fraternity – dedicated this year to the defense of Amazonian inhabitants – Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter expressing his admiration for the heroic missionaries who preach the Gospel in that region.
 

In his letter, the Pontiff underscores that Lent is “a time in which each Christian is invited to reflect in a particular way on the diverse social situations of the Brazilian people which demand greater fraternity.”
 

Referring to the campaign’s goal of helping the peoples of the Amazon, the Pope pointed to the related issue of the defense of the environment and noted that the Amazon region “constitutes a common patrimony that, because of its environmental, economic, socio-political, and human reality, requires special attention from the Church and from Brazilian society.”
On the occasion of Ash Wednesday, which in Brazil marks the beginning of the Campaign of Fraternity – dedicated this year to the defense of Amazonian inhabitants – Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter expressing his admiration for the heroic missionaries who preach the Gospel in that region.
 

In his letter, the Pontiff underscores that Lent is “a time in which each Christian is invited to reflect in a particular way on the diverse social situations of the Brazilian people which demand greater fraternity.”
 

Referring to the campaign’s goal of helping the peoples of the Amazon, the Pope pointed to the related issue of the defense of the environment and noted that the Amazon region “constitutes a common patrimony that, because of its environmental, economic, socio-political, and human reality, requires special attention from the Church and from Brazilian society.”
 

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