The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil expressed its desire last week that the presidential debate set for today will inform the public, allowing citizens to vote responsibly.
The president of the conference, Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha, said, “We pray that this debate will clear things up so that people can vote in an informed and responsible way”
The presidential debate, which is being carried by the country’s main Catholic networks, will feature candidates Jose Serra, Marina Silva and Plinio Arruda Sampaio. Dilma Rousseff officially announced on Wednesday that she will not be able to be present.
Several days ago Rousseff admitted she is personally not in favor of abortion but that it is a question of public health and should be available for poor women in despair.
The issues that will be discussed include abortion, embryonic stem cell research and religious symbols in public places.
The debate can be followed online at www.cancaonova.com.