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Brazilian church bells ring as court considers decriminalizing abortion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Horror over massive gang rape case leaves Brazil reeling

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

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

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

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

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

A priest from the Shalom Community celebrates Mass at a Shalom Evangelization Center in Fatima, Brazil in this undated file photo.

Brazil Catholic community leads surging charismatic renewal

As a steadily growing movement in the Catholic Church, the Charismatic Renewal includes an estimated 160 million of the world's... Read more

Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in... Read more

Pope Francis walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Rio’s Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport on July 22, 2013.

Brazilian president signs law permitting abortion after papal visit

Four days after Pope Francis left Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff signed into a law a measure that opens the door... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his farewell speech to Brazil July 28, 2013.

Build a 'civilization of love,' Pope encourages Brazilian people

In a farewell address to the people of Brazil, Pope Francis indicated his thanks for their warm welcome and encouraged... Read more