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Brazil: Renowned Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga Dies at 92

Casaldáliga was the Bishop Emeritus of the Prelature of São Félix do Araguaia and famous for his defense of the rights of the indigenous people of Brazil. Soon after being ordained a bishop, he published a pastoral letter titled “The Church of the Amazon in conflict with large landowners and social marginalization,” in which he denounced…

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Brazil: Draft Letter of Significant Group of Bishops Causes Stir

In the letter, more than 150 bishops accuse the federal government of “inaction and omission” in combating the coronavirus pandemic and of “inability and incapacity” to face the crisis. “Closing its eyes to the appeals of national and international entities, the federal government demonstrates omission, apathy and rejection by the poorest and most vulnerable of…

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Brazil’s Black Lives Matter Too!

Does nine-year-old Ágatha Félix ring a bell? Shot in the back, murdered by policemen who invaded the Complexo do Alemão favelas on the 20th of September 2019, Rio de Janeiro’s governor, Wilson Witzel, publicly blamed her murder on people who ‘smoke marijuana.’ In 2017, Brazil broke another record. Government figures registered 63,880 homicides, a number…