- 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.
A video conference between the managers of Catholic television and radio stations in Brazil and President Jair Bolsonaro on May 21 has spurred strong reaction of the the country’s bishops’ conference.
As COVID-19 reached remote indigenous lands in Brazil’s Amazon, the government agency responsible for protecting native people brushed off calls for action, focusing instead on waging ideological battles, according to agents from the institution itself and others.
According to the Archbishop of Manus in Brazil, the official figures of coronavirus deaths “are doubtful,” noting a huge rise in funerals in his archdiocese.
Land conflicts grew in Brazil in 2019, which was President Jair Bolsonaro’s first year in office. According to the Bishops’ Conference’s Land Pastoral Commission (known as the CPT), there were 1,254 incidents in the country last year, an increase of eleven percent compared with 2018.