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New documentary on life of Sr Dorothy Stang

Friday 26 February 2016, by SIGNIS

London, Brussels, February 26th, 2016 (ICN/SIGNIS). Discover the new documentary on Sr Dorothy Stang, Amazonia: Dorothy Stang ’s Struggle. The documentary tells the story of US-born Dorothy Stang (1931-2005), who joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and then lived Laudato Si’ long before it was written. With every breath, Sister Stang made the protection of the poor and respect for creation her life’s mission - and she did it in one of the most essential, most threatened, and most coveted ecosystems on Earth.

As a result of her support for the indigenous peoples of the Amazon - and of the environment in which they lived - she was assassinated in February of 2005 by the hired gunmen of prominent landowners whose abuses Sister Stang had denounced again and again.

"We made this film in the spirit of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’," Fr Gabriel Roussineau, Net for God’s Director, told Catholic Ecology. "We wanted to demonstrate an authentic witness to the commitment to ’integral ecology’ advocated by Pope Francis. Sr Dorothy Stang’s life continues to bear fruit today, inspiring many local initiatives for the protection of biodiversity."

An interview with Sister Stang filmed not long before her death helps this contemporary documentary teach us with her own words, about her faith and the trials of the poor that she loved so much.

All in all, this documentary is the perfect addition to any presentation or group reading of Laudato Si’. In just under thirty minutes it brings to life about every issue raised by Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical, all because of the work and love of one amazing woman.

To know more about the documentary go here.

Amazonia: Dorothy Stang’s Struggle is available in multiple languages and can be purchased at the Chemin Neuf Community website here.

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