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Sister Isabela, Sister Roziane, and Sister Mariana Guimaraes.

Three sisters were called to be nuns in the same religious order

Apr 7, 2022

By Natalia Zimbrão

Sister Mariana, Sister Roziane, and Sister Isabela Guimaraes are three blood sisters who embraced their call to religious life in... Read more

Assembly of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida.

Brazilian state court allows installation of Marian statue in Aparecida

Mar 30, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Court of Justice of São Paulo has authorized the construction of a statue of Our Lady in Aparecida, after... Read more

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo, Jan. 18, 2018. Credit: BW Press/Shutterstock.

Cardinal criticizes Brazilian presidential candidate Lula for contradictory statement on abortion

Mar 29, 2022

By ACI Digital

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, Archbishop of São Paulo, has described the statement on abortion made by Brazilian presidential candidate and... Read more

Brazilian Cardinal José Freire Falcão (1925-2021).

Pope Francis mourns Brazilian cardinal who died of COVID-19 complications

Sep 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal José Freire Falcão died at the age of 95. Read more

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

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

Mar 31, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Feb 17, 2021

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

Feb 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jan 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Nov 1, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

Aug 17, 2020

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

Jul 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 14, 2020

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

Apr 27, 2020

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

Apr 20, 2020

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

Oct 18, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 28, 2019

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