- Feb 23, 2020
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, received a papal blessing and said the two discussed prospects for a “more just and fraternal world.”
The announcement of the Feb. 13 meeting between Pope Francis and the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has caused controversy in the politically divided South American country.
Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion.
A shirtless protest in front of one of the world’s largest cathedrals. A discredited papal representative heading to Portugal from Chile acknowledges failures in responding to allegations of clerical sexual abuse. And as murder rates continue to rise, a Mexican cardinal says that killing cannot be the solution to conflict.
A Brazilian diplomat said last week that the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro doesn’t fear the Synod for the Amazon taking place this month at the Vatican, but that the Catholic bishops “involuntarily reinforce the campaign of the European lobbies, who are very afraid of the competition of the Brazilian agriculture.”