Can drug addicts be healed without expensive medication or replacement drugs, especially given that all the skills of doctors and therapists are often of little avail against the power of an addiction that can destroy a human life?
The Diocese of Rio Branco covers a vast area of over 40,000 square miles in the west of Brazil, with large areas lying in the rainforest. It is an impenetrable region of great distances, with many places accessible only by river boat. There is a grave shortage of priests here.
The Catholic community Mar a Dentro” (“Out into the deep”) runs a pastoral center in the city of Belem. There they hold prayer meetings, Eucharistic adoration, prepare young people for confirmation and help young couples for matrimony.