- Sep 25, 2020
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.
Over 1,500 priests have defended the bishops who signed a letter criticizing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after they came under attack from traditionalist clergy in the country.
A draft letter signed by a group of 146 Brazilian bishops with severe criticism on President Jair Bolsonaro was published by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo on July 26.
In the past few months, there has been an escalation in the number of incursions of territories traditionally occupied by artisanal fishing communities in Brazil, according to the Bishops’ Conference’s Fishermen Pastoral Council (CPP).
A Catholic priest in Brazil has caused an uproar for referring to President Jair Bolsonaro as a “bandit” during an online celebration of Mass.