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The martyred nun

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\ According to her just-released biography, “The Greatest Gift,” by Binka Le Breton, it was the rich landowners and various government officials who did her in, as they were sick of her ceaseless activity on behalf of the poor farmers who lived along the Transamazon Highway in Brazil. \

\ The Amazon rainforest is one amazing piece of real estate containing one-fifth of all the Earth’s fresh water and billions of dollars worth of minerals under its red soil. It constitutes a billion acres spread out over several nations. More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced there. The rainforest is being cut away at the rate of 1 1/2 acres every second, thanks to the short-sighted Brazilian government, multinational logging companies and rapacious landowners. \

\ There were plenty landless peasants trying to live off this land, and Sister Dorothy was committed to protect them. \

\ She would still be living in obscurity had two thugs, paid off by rich landlords, killed her early on the morning of Feb. 12, 2005. According to the book, she was reading outloud to her murderers from the Beatitudes when she was gunned down. Although the hired gunmen were brought to trial and sentenced to many years in prison, those who masterminded her murder were never brought to justice. \

\ So light a candle in the hope that Sister Dorothy did not die in vain.\

\ Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times

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