- Jul 9, 2020
Catholic schools in Brazil are urging a cautious approach to reopening despite the financial shortfall the continued lockdown is causing.
Church leaders have come under increasing attack in Brazil, as the country’s polarization gets worse under conservative President Jair Bolsonaro’s controversial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hutukara Yanomami Association and Brazil’s National Council for Human Rights petitioned the Organization of American States to issue a restraining order for the Brazilian government, so illegal miners and gold miners withdraw from indigenous land.
Catholic missionaries in Brazil are warning the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the numbers of vulnerable people subjected to forced labor.
In a region of Sao Paulo city where violent deaths are common and fatalities due to COVID-19 do not shock the population, Brazil’s Catholic Church has launched a campaign to try to convince those not providing essential services to maintain social distancing and remain at home.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil continued to grow and as the country’s daily death toll surpassed that of the United States, Pope Francis telephoned Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Aparecida, asking him to assure Brazilians of his prayers.