Fr. Pedro Opeka, CM has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Opeka was born in Argentina, but has spent nearly three decades ministering to the very poor living near landfills in Madagascar. His association, the Akamasoa humanitarian association helps provide food, water, education, and business opportunities for people living near these landfills.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Opeka has been working to help families who have fallen even deeper into poverty as a consequence of coronavirus measures.

“The situation is difficult for families, for the poor who have many children. We do not have rice. We do not have water. We need water and soap,” Opeka told Vatican Radio in April 2020.

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