Brazil: Aperecida Shrine Reopens but Pilgrims Stay Away
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Brazil: Aperecida Shrine Reopens but Pilgrims Stay Away

With 12 million visitors every year, the sanctuary houses the image of Our Lady of Aparecida, a clay statue found in a nearby river by local fishermen in the 18th century. Over the years, the image became a national object of devotion and a city was created around the ancient church of Aparecida. The modern basilica…

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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…

Brazil: Draft Letter of Significant Group of Bishops Causes Stir
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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…

Brazil’s Black Lives Matter Too!
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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…

Brazil: Bishops Decry Devastating Impact of Covid-19 in Amazonia
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Brazil: Bishops Decry Devastating Impact of Covid-19 in Amazonia

We, the Bishops of the Amazon, in the face of the uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 across Brazil, especially in the Amazon, express our immense concern and demand greater attention from the federal and state governments to this disease that is increasingly spreading throughout the region. The peoples of the Amazon demand special attention from the…

Brazil: Catholic Hospitals not Prepared for COVID-19
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Brazil: Catholic Hospitals not Prepared for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic came as many Catholic medical institutions were in the middle of a modernization program which better integrated them with the public sector, which may have helped prepared them for this unprecedented crisis; however their dependence on the weakened Brazilian public healthcare system may now be a problem. Source: CRUX Read more

Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church
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Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church

Almost 56 percent of Brazil’s population has some African descent. According to a recent survey on religion conducted by the private institute Datafolha, people with African descent make up 55 percent of the total number of Catholics in Brazil. But many black Catholic activists argue that there’s a general deficit of Afro-Brazilian culture in the…

Brazil: Liberation Theology Cause of Decline of Catholicism?
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Brazil: Liberation Theology Cause of Decline of Catholicism?

According to Jung Mo Sung, a Catholic lay theologian and professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo, it’s wrong to blame Liberation Theology for this transformation of the religious landscape. “Decades ago, 90 percent of the Brazilian people professed Catholicism because this was the cultural norm, but actual participation in the Church was very…