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Letter from Pope Francis to former Brazilian president Lula.

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

May 29, 2019

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

May 14, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 11, 2018

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

Aug 28, 2018

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

Brazilian church bells ring as court considers decriminalizing abortion

Aug 7, 2018

Catholic churches throughout Brazil rang their bells at 3 p.m. Thursday to sound a warning regarding the possible decriminalization of... Read more

Bishop, five priests arrested in Brazil, accused of embezzling Church funds

Mar 21, 2018

A Catholic bishop, five priests and other administrative officials in the Brazilian state of Goiás have been arrested on accusations... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 27, 2017.

Our Lady of Aparecida's smile gives us hope, Pope Francis says

Oct 12, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis sent a video message Thursday for the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of Our Lady... Read more

Brazilian priest found stabbed to death in his home

Aug 26, 2017

A priest in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba was found dead in his rectory Thursday morning, with signs of... Read more

Brazilian archbishop robbed at his residence

Aug 10, 2017

While preparing to travel to Mass on Saturday morning, Archbishop Antonio Muniz Fernandes of Maceio was robbed at gun point,... Read more

Facebook restores blocked Catholic pages, citing malfunction

Jul 19, 2017

Facebook has restored more than 25 Catholic pages in Portuguese and English that were blocked yesterday, citing a malfunction in... Read more

  Pope Francis greets pilgrims from Brazil at the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 12, 2015.

Pope Francis sends regrets to Brazil for not visiting this year

Apr 20, 2017

Pope Francis sent a letter to the president of Brazil, apologizing for his inability to visit in 2017 and encouraging... Read more

Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

Jan 4, 2017

A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis offers prayer, condolences after Colombia plane crash

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

After a plane crash in Colombia claimed the lives of 71 people, including the majority of Brazil’s up and coming... Read more

A response of prayer and solidarity to the Chapecoense plane crash

Nov 29, 2016

A wave of solidarity and calls for prayer have inundated social networks and the media following Monday's crash in Colombia... Read more

In Rio, cardinal invites homeless to help celebrate his birthday

Jun 30, 2016

Rio de Janeiro's Cardinal Orani Tempesta celebrated his 66th birthday with a special visit: he spent his time with a... Read more

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Horror over massive gang rape case leaves Brazil reeling

Jun 1, 2016

The reported gang rape of a 16-year- old girl by more than 30 men in Rio de Janeiro has sparked... Read more

Majority in Brazil reject abortion for babies with microcephaly

Mar 4, 2016

The majority of Brazilians are opposed to abortion in cases where the baby exhibits microcephaly, a new survey finds.  Read more

Friar Roberto.

This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Mar 3, 2016

A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal flight from Rome to Quito, July 5, 2015.

Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

Sep 17, 2015

A Brazilian bishop has criticized the mainstream media for manipulating and confusing their readers regarding Pope Francis' recent moves in... Read more

A bishop and a priest exchange the sign of peace during Mass.

Stop chatting during the Sign of Peace, says Brazilian bishop

Aug 11, 2015

The sign of peace during Mass is not a time for congratulations or small talk, but a prayerful time to... Read more