- Sep 25, 2020
While in Brazil, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 18 went to see the work of humanitarian church-connected agencies supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
On Monday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro partially vetoed a bill to forgive churches’ tax debts with the government. The measure would force the Brazilian government to give up an amount of at least $165 million, mostly benefiting Evangelical churches.
The fight against poverty and social inequalities, as well as harsh criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic dictated this year’s Cry of the Excluded protests.
With 3.7 million confirmed cases and 118,000 deaths, Brazil has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Latin America. Despite the application of strict precautionary measures by the Church, the Brazilian clergy couldn’t remain insusceptible for long.
A priest who runs the Basílica do Divino Pai Eterno in Trindade, in Goiás State, one of the most important points of pilgrimage in Brazil, is under investigation for allegedly embezzling more than $21 million donated to the shrine.
A court order allowing a 10-year-old to get an abortion in Brazil was “a heinous crime,” according to the president of the country’s bishops’ conference.