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Latin American coalition: Mining causing damage, not delivering benefits

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Large-scale mining and extractive operations are failing to deliver economic benefits while causing environmental damage and human suffering throughout Latin America, said a coalition of church organizations and environmental groups.

The Churches and Mining Network, which includes Catholic bishops, priests and laypeople, leaders of Christian churches and environmentalists, said in a statement Sunday that governments, church leaders and civil society organizations need to find alternatives to so-called "mega-mining" operations.

Preview: Candomble fights persecution, mixes with Catholicism in Brazil

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Cultivated in Brazil as early as 1549, the Candomblé faith is best described as a blend of African traditions and beliefs established as its own religion. Nearly 465 years after its founding, Candomblé remains an integral part of Brazilian culture.

Despite having little in common with Roman Catholicism, Candomblé has, for centuries, been successfully fused in the faith lives of many of the country's Catholics.

Though entirely of African descent, Candomblé exists only in Brazil -- primarily in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and the country's northeast coast.

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