- Mar 28, 2020
A recent visit of a member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet to the headquarters of the National Conference of the Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) may not be enough to heal the sometimes turbulent relationship between the conservative government and the Catholic Church in the South American country, according to leading experts.
The Brazilian bishops’ conference has established a commission to assist dioceses and prelatures in areas where mining operations are harming communities and the environment.
As Afro-Brazilian Catholic activists struggle to promote their culture and increase participation of black people in high-ranking positions in the Brazilian Church and society, the search of a new dialogue with the hierarchy on the agenda.
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation published by Pope Francis on Feb. 12 generated mixed reactions from the Brazilian episcopate.
Marcio Rodrigues dos Reis’s murder on Dec. 4 in the Amazonian city of Anapu was the 15th case of a peasant being killed in the region due to land conflicts since 2015, according to the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), which is affiliated with Brazil’s National Bishops’ Conference.
Catholic officials are trying to reduce the environmental and social consequences of a huge oil spill that has impacted several coastal communities in the northeastern part of Brazil since the end of August.