- Jan 15, 2021
Brazil is preparing for municipal elections on Nov. 15, and a surprising number of clerics are running for public office.
Inside, there was nothing massive about the Mass: Just 1,000 people were spaced carefully across the pews of a vast basilica that normally holds 35,000 as the Catholic Church tried to protect parishioners from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening.
A report on the violence against indigenous peoples in Brazil in 2019, published by the Bishops’ Conference’ Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), showed that the number of intrusions of indigenous reservations more than doubled last year.
With a severe draught in many parts of the country, Brazil is now seeing a record number of wildfires, especially in the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland.
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.