Fr. Campos and a group of young parishioners formed a Laudato Si' group and began outreach work that has included technical assistance for farmers, food distribution and construction of a soup kitchen. The social work went over well, but the priest did not find the same reaction when he began questioning the impact of wildcat mining in the province. Instead of support, he started receiving threats.
A regional assembly of the Catholic Church in Mexico in November is expected to plot a course for the church in Latin America and the Caribbean as it heads toward landmark events in the coming years, including, in 2031, the 500th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St. Juan Diego.
Bolivia's bishops want environmental concerns to play a key role when voters go to the polls to elect a new government in October. The Oct. 18 vote has been postponed twice because of the coronavirus pandemic.