- Jul 8, 2020
With more than 33,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,600 deaths, São Paulo, is the epicenter of the pandemic in the South American country, claiming nearly one fifth of its total number of deaths.
The Archdiocese of Sao Paulo announced the creation of a commission to investigate allegations of sexual abuse linked to the Catholic Church.
An interreligious ceremony held at the cathedral of São Paulo to support the Synod for the Amazon region was accused by critics as a cover for left-wing activism inside the Church.
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.
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.”