- Feb 17, 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.
Brazilians are divided between a hard-right and center-left candidate for president, and so are their bishops.
Since the end of July, six Brazilians, including Franciscan Brother Sergio Gorgen, have been on a hunger strike to denounce the deteriorating conditions of many Brazilians due to increased violence, unemployment and hunger.
It’s been a busy time for the Church in Latin America, featuring the fallout of abuse scandals, pro-life uprisings, social protests and controversial pilgrimages.