Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

Pope Francis donates ventilators and ultrasounds to coronavirus-hit Brazil

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Pope Francis has donated ventilators and ultrasound scanners to hospitals in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil. In a Aug. 17 press statement, papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said that 18 Dräger intensive care ventilators and six Fuji portable ultrasound scanners would be shipped to Brazil on the pope’s behalf. Brazil has reported 3.3 million cases of COVID-19 and Read more

Church in Brazil fights fake news during pandemic

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The Catholic Church in Brazil is currently fighting both fake news and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the pandemic lockdown, fake news on the internet seems to have intensified in Brazil. Much of it is directed against the Church, often by people who claim to be Catholic. One event that triggered a new wave of Read more

Bishop ‘breaks ranks’ over celibacy at Synod

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Celibacy is not an obstacle to increasing priestly vocations. According to Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia and a member of the current Amazon synod the real issue is a lack of holiness. de Queiroz says combating priest shortages in the Amazon region by ordaining mature married men does not address a greater problem. Read more

Priests banned from being alone with kids

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A Brazilian archbishop has banned all priests in his archdiocese from being alone with children. Archbishop Manoel Delson signed the ban after the court ordered the archdiocese to pay almost £2.5 million in compensation over the sexual exploitation of minors. Read more Related Posts:Vatican sanctions retired Polish archbishop after ‘Vos…Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic Read more

Gunman opened fire, killed people at Mass

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

A gunman opened fire killing at least four or five people people inside the Brazilian Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception. The gunman then took his own life directly in front of the cathedral’s altar. The man entered the cathedral just as midday Mass was about to finish on Tuesday. According to the Military Read more

Franciscan brother’s hunger strike highlights conditions in Brazil

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Franciscan Brother Sergio Gorgen and five of his Brazilian compatriots, have been on a hunger strike since the end of July to highlight the deteriorating conditions many Brazilians have to live with. The hunger strikers are denouncing the social policies adopted by the current administration and the country’s court system. They say the system is Read more

Brazilian bishop, priests among others arrested

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

A Brazilian bishop and four priests have been arrested for diverting donations and party funds worth about $600,000. The bishop and priests were part of a group that is alleged to have stolen funds to pay for personal expenses and to buy a cattle farm. Read more Related Posts:Two catholic priests arrested by Myanmar juntaChinese Read more

Child marriage: a 15 year old widowed mother

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

In the next 60 seconds, 28 girls will be married. Another 28 will be married in the minute after that. And then 28 more. And so on. Every year, 15 million children become wives. Young women who are actually still girls — but who already have a husband, and sometimes even a child: It is Read more

Rio Olympics ‘missed opportunity’ to help Brazil’s poor

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Rio Olympics  are a “huge missed opportunity” to improve the lives of the country’s poorest, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod) has said. With all eyes on Brazil this summer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cafod said that the plight of Brazil’s indigenous peoples and the Amazon should be centre stage.Read more Related Read more

Pope accepts resignation of controversial archbishop

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian archbishop who has been dogged by scandals and controversies. Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, 66, from Paraíba has been accused of a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male. The archbishop was also under investigation by a local prosecutor for alleged “connivance” in the sexual exploitation of Read more