- Jun 13, 2021
Catholic leaders in Brazil say a recent decision by the National Penitentiary Department (Depen) to replace in-person chaplain visits to prisoners with ecumenical closed circuit radio stations is a direct attack to the Catholic Church and its Prison Pastoral Commission.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 registered the highest number of land conflict incidents in Brazil since 1985, the Catholic-affiliated Pastoral Land Commission reported.
Amid a devastating second wave of COVID-19, Brazil’s bishops have sharpened their criticism of the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.
Catholic organizations are trying to pressure Brazil’s government to do more to protect the South American country’s environment, especially in its Amazon region.
Stating that Brazil’s federal government displayed contempt for protecting the health of the population and showed criminal conduct, 380 Brazilian Christian religious leaders filed an impeachment request against President Jair Bolsonaro for the crime of shirking his responsibilities.
Indigenous people in Brazil are facing obstacles to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, despite being considered a priority group.
After a second wave of COVID-19 hit Brazil at the beginning of January, the healthcare system has been struggling to cope, with the medical oxygen supply in the city of Manaus being depleted.