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Father Francesco Cavazzuti 1934

The missionary priest who protected the farmers in Brasil, putting at risk his own life.

Father Francesco Cavazzuti

Father Francesco Cavazzuti

Father Francesco Cavazzuti was born in 1934 in Carpi from a farming family. In 1958, he has been ordained priest and ten years after he moved to Brasil to help the rural population in the Goias diocese

He was quite unpopular among the big landowners, as he was defending the life and work conditions of the farmers, who were heavily exploited. In 1987, he was the target of an assassination attempt: he survived, but he lose his sight. Still, he tirelessly continued his charity work for other twenty years. 

Returned to Carpi in 2007, he became vice-director of the Diocesan Missionary Centre, where he created an Archive on his behalf to support a Centre for Human Rights

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