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  • Brazilian cardinal supports controversial food policy in São Paulo

    Brazilian cardinal supports controversial food policy in São Paulo

    Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer has lashed out at critics of a plan to use a flour made from food leftovers to add nutrients to food for the poor. Opponents of the plan have compared it to the rations given to animals. “Contempt is when we politicize the hunger of the poor instead of helping the poor,” the cardinal said.

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  • Church leaders condemn possible massacre of indigenous in Amazon

    Church leaders condemn possible massacre of indigenous in Amazon

    In a statement from the Pan-Amazonian Church Network (REPAM) responding to reports of a possible massacre, Church leaders called for authorities in Brazil to “quickly clarify the circumstances in which this act of profound violence allegedly occurred and implement immediate measures to protect the life and territory of the indigenous peoples of Vale do Javari.”

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  • Up and down Latin America, it’s been a busy week in Catholic news

    Up and down Latin America, it’s been a busy week in Catholic news

    Although the Church in Latin America, just like the rest of the developed world, seems to be losing both numbers and its hold on national affairs steadily with every year that passes, it’s still the most Catholic zone on the global map, and there’s never any shortage of Church happenings “south of the border.” Here’s a round-up of what’s been going on lately in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.

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  • Francis meets Brazilian soccer team struck by air tragedy last year

    Francis meets Brazilian soccer team struck by air tragedy last year

    A delegation from the Chapecoense soccer club met with Pope Francis during his general audience on Wednesday. Most of the team’s staff and players were killed last November in a plane crash in Colombia. The Brazilians are in Rome to play A.S. Roma, in a charity match to raise funds for the club’s rebuilding, and the pope asked them to communicate the “sweetness of God’s love.”

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  • Catholic priest found stabbed to death in Brazil

    Catholic priest found stabbed to death in Brazil

    A 49-year-old Catholic priest was found stabbed to death in his residence on August 24, bringing to 11 the number of priests murdered around the world so far in 2017, with seven coming in Latin America alone. Despite being a majority Catholic continent, Latin America often leads annual Vatican counts of the numbers of Catholic personnel killed in the line of duty during the previous year.

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  • Brazilian cardinal says it’s time to move ‘from conservation to mission’

    Brazilian cardinal says it’s time to move ‘from conservation to mission’

    When the Latin American bishops gathered in the Brazilian town of Aparecida in 2007 to plan a pastoral strategy for the continent, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a chief architect of the document. Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of São Paulo, Brazil, says they still haven’t lived up to its vision, saying it’s time to shift from “maintenance” to “mission.”

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