Amerindians

Vicente Canas, right
A retired Brazilian police commissioner was last week sentenced to over 14 years in prison for the aggravated murder of Spanish Jesuit Brother Vicente Cañas in the Amazonian Mato Grosso region in 1987.Ronaldo Antonio Osmar is the last survivor of a group six men originally accused of the killing of Br Cañas who was ambushed while bathing in the River Juruena close to the hut in which he was then living.A trail in 2006 of three accused collapsed through lack of evidence.  Defendants at that...
Guyana’s new president, 69-year-old retired army general David Granger has been sworn in after his multi-ethnic opposition coalition won the South American country's general elections. The Jesuit Superior in Guyana, which is a Region of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, says he prays the result will mean an end to the racial politics that Guyana has experienced under the previous administration.Guyana's elections commission rejected a demand for a full recount from former President...
The people of Guyana voted in National and Regional elections on 11 May, with the Jesuits urging that people move beyond the racial tensions that have marred the electoral process since independence. Guyana is much more than the small coastal strip where the sugar plantations used to be. If the descendants of the slaves brought from Africa and the Indentured labourers brought from India to work on those plantations, could turn their gaze inland, they would recognise that the real wealth of the...
Two Jesuit priests have visited remote areas of Guyana where the Catholic communities have been without a pastor for eight years. The South American country is a Region of the British Province.Fr Amar Bage SJ and Fr Marlon Innes SJ undertook the arduous trip to Matthew’s Ridge and Arakaka in North West Guyana. While at Matthew’s Ridge, they celebrated Mass in the primary school because the church building had collapsed. The small congregation of seven women, one man and a girl of seven years of...