- Dec 9, 2019
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.”
A series of violent events on the Amazonian border shared by Brazil and Peru has placed isolated indigenous people at risk, church workers say.
Catholic leaders in Brazil are condemning a move by President Jair Bolsonaro to abolish the country’s “national councils,” which they consider a key part of the country’s social fabric.
Pressure from land conflicts and decline of expectations and perspectives have led the indigenous populations in Brazil to register some of the highest suicide rates in the country, said the Indigenous Missionary Council, linked to the Brazilian bishops’ conference.