CAFOD welcomes the commitment made on July 2, by Mr Norman St John Stevas to the Church in Brazil and the true "option for the poor" which it is putting into practice.
For the last twenty years CAFOD has been privileged to be in close contact with the Brazilian Church and has had the good fortune to have been able to share in its work which brings it ever closer to the oppressed, the poverty-stricken and the abandoned.
During this time, CAFOD has supported 145 projects throughout the country in collaboration with the missionary and local Church, thus bearing witness to the concern of Catholics in England and Wales for justice and development in Brazil.
The development of the grassroots Christian communities and the dynamism of the "people's Church" is a result of the Church's concern not only for spiritual matters but of the essential role it must play in the life of the society as a whole.
The publicity given by The Catholic Herald to the work of the Church in Brazil comes at a timely moment.
At the end of June, two French missionary priests working with peasants in the State of Para were imprisoned for ten and 15 years because their work as pastors involved in defence of peasant lands was seen as a threat to national security.
We thank The Catholic Herald for re-affirming the support of Catholics here for the prophetic voice of the Church in Brazil.
R A Hood Administrator CAFOD. 2 Garden Close, Stockwell, London SW9 9TY.