ROME – At 3 pm on Wednesday, the sun was hidden from one of the world’s most populated cities. São Paulo, Brazil, was not experiencing an eclipse, but instead was blanketed in smoke.
The smoke came from forest fires in the Amazon jungle, which is located approximately 1,600 miles from the city. The fires have been burning at unprecedented rates for the past three weeks.
The bishops of Latin America, seeing the devastation being caused to the region, released a statement on Thursday called “We raise our voice for the Amazon rainforest.”