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The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue undergoes major restoration for 90th anniversary

The massive Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is undergoing restoration ahead of its 90th anniversary... Read more

Bishop Giovanni Cefai, Bishop of the Prelature of Santiago Apóstol de Huancané, receives oxygen concentrators from the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus donate oxygen to areas of Peru, Brazil hard hit by COVID-19

The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has made two major donations of medical oxygen to... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis urges Brazil’s Christians to seek unity in battle against pandemic

Pope Francis encouraged Brazil’s Christians on Wednesday to confront the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic together this Lent.  Read more

Fr. Robinson de Castro Cunha examines a bullet that landed at his feet during Mass January 31.

Stray bullet falls at feet of priest celebrating Mass in Brazil

A stray bullet pierced the roof of a church in Brazil this weekend as a Catholic priest was celebrating Mass.... Read more

Brazil’s bishops document increasing ill-treatment in prisons during pandemic

The Catholic bishops of Brazil are decrying worsening conditions and alleged torture in the country’s prisons during the pandemic, as... Read more

A pro-abortion protestor in Brazil.

Brazilian court prohibits 'Catholic' name for abortion advocacy group

A Brazilian court has ruled that “Catholics for the Right to Decide” must remove the term “Catholic” from its name,... Read more

Medical equipment donated to hospitals in Brazil by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis donates ventilators and ultrasounds to coronavirus-hit Brazil

Pope Francis has donated ventilators and ultrasound scanners to hospitals in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil.  Read more

Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa.

Cries of ‘santo subito’ for Brazilian bishop who died of the coronavirus

More than 48,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Brazilian bishops to open a beatification cause for the... Read more

Bishop da Costa is the third bishop in Brazil to die after contracting COVID-19.

At least 9 Catholic bishops have died from the coronavirus

At least nine Catholic bishops have died from the coronavirus worldwide as the pandemic continues to spread across the Americas.  Read more

Pope Francis holds a statue of the Virgin Mary at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 24.

Pope Francis calls archbishop in Brazil, epicenter of coronavirus in Latin America

In a phone call Wednesday, Pope Francis told an archbishop in Brazil he is praying for the country, which has... Read more

Cardinal consecrates Brazil to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, consecrated Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the... Read more

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court building.

Brazil’s Supreme Court rejects effort to legalize abortion in Zika cases

A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal has voted against an intervention seeking to decriminalize abortion for expectant mothers diagnosed... Read more

Brazilian Supreme Court to consider legalizing abortion in Zika cases

On Friday, Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court will hold a virtual hearing to consider whether to decriminalize abortion for pregnant women... Read more

A 2019 meeting in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.

Amazon synod discussion groups support married priests, female deacons

At least four of the 12 language groups at the Amazon synod overtly propose the ordination of married men to... Read more

Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia at a Holy See press office briefing, Oct. 16, 2019.

Brazilian bishop: Lack of holiness among clerics an obstacle to vocations

A bishop in Brazil who is a member of the Amazon synod said Wednesday he believes a major obstacle to... Read more

The female branch of the Heralds of the Gospel.

The Pope appoints pontifical commissioner for the Heralds of the Gospel

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, Archbishop Emeritus of Aparecida, as pontifical commissioner for the Heralds of the... Read more

Letter from Pope Francis to former Brazilian president Lula.

Pope encourages jailed Brazilian ex-president 'not to lose hope'

Pope Francis has written a letter to jailed former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, encouraging him to respect... Read more

Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes.

Woman who served Brazil’s poorest to be canonized

Pope Francis Tuesday gave his approval for eight sainthood causes to proceed, including that of Bl. Dulce Lopes Pontes, a... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception, Campinas, Brazil.

Five dead in Brazilian cathedral shooting, cathedral priest asks for prayer

A gunman killed at least four people people Tuesday, inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception in Campinas,... Read more

Marriage of Jéssica and Fernando. Photo courtesy of Michelly Emily J Souza.

Hospital wedding of terminally ill woman a powerful witness, priest says

The recent wedding of a young Brazilian woman with terminal cancer was a powerful witness to the sacrifice and permanence... Read more