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The Church and Land Conflicts in Brazil: A Delegation Report

In July 1986 an unofficial Delegation assembled by several U.S. religious organizations was sent to Brazil to report on the conflict surrounding agrarian reform. The Delegation originated from a request by the Comissao Pastoral da Terra (CPT) of the National
Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB). The request of this commission on rural ministry was heeded by a number of organizations in the U.S., including the American Friends Service Committee, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Franciscans
(O.F.M.), the Oblates of Mary Immaculate O.M.I., the United Church of Christ, and the Washington Office on Latin America. 

A Delegation of six people was assembled for two major purposes: (1) to raise the consciousness of the Delegation members about
the issue of agrarian reform in Brazil and about the role of the churches of Brazil in that reform; and (2) to explore and recommend appropriate responses by the churches and citizens of the U.S.  This is their report.

Click here to read the report.