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Mother of twin priests Eliete Dahan dos Santos says “there is no greater wealth than having priest sons.”

Mother of twin priests: The greatest wealth for parents is to have sons who are priests

May 21, 2024

By Natalia Zimbrão

“I believe there is no greater wealth for parents than having sons who are priests,” says Eliete Dahan dos Santos... Read more

Our Lady of Medianeira is among 31 flooded churches in the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Heavy rains in Brazil leave hundreds dead or injured, half a million homeless, churches flooded

May 14, 2024

By Monasa Narjara

The heavy rains that have pounded the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have flooded 31 churches in the... Read more

Sister Inah Canabarro and her nephew Kléber Canabarro.

World’s oldest nun is 115-year-old Brazilian

Mar 20, 2024

By Nathália Queiroz

“My secret, my great secret, is to pray,” says Sister Inah Canabarro Lucas, the oldest nun in the world at... Read more

Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona at the 56th general assembly of the CNBB in Aparecida, San Pablo, in 2018.

Nuncio asks Brazil bishop who criticized Amazon synod to leave prelature

Dec 13, 2023

By ACI Digital

The apostolic nuncio in Brazil has asked Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso to no longer live in the territory... Read more

Sanctuary of the Miraculous Medal in Monte Sião, Brazil.

The first church dedicated to the Miraculous Medal is in South America

Nov 27, 2023

By ACI Digital

Our Lady’s intercession is credited with ending a prolonged period of drought in the town of Monte Sião, Brazil, in... Read more


Brazilian bishops’ bioethics commission condemns attempt to decriminalize abortion

Oct 6, 2023

By ACI Digital

The commission declared that “no circumstance, no purpose, no law in the world can ever make an act licit that... Read more

Ronaldo Luís Nazario da Lima.

‘The Phenomenon’ is baptized at age 46: Soccer great Ronaldo Nazario embraces Catholic faith

Sep 13, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The Brazilian and world soccer legend nicknamed “The Phenomenon” took a significant step in his life of faith by receiving... Read more

The Maganha family with Father Gilson Maia, RCJ, who blessed the chapel, on July 9, 2023.

Boy in Brazil asks for — and receives — a chapel for his birthday

Aug 29, 2023

By ACI Prensa

The chapel was dedicated July 9 in Bauru in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, where the family lives. Read more

Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo died at his home in Londrina, Brazil, on Aug. 26, 2023.

Brazilian Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo dies at age 89

Aug 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal’s health had been in decline since suffering a stroke in December 2022. Read more


Bishops of Brazil encourage prayers to prevent liberalization of abortion

Aug 10, 2023

By ACI Digital

A lawsuit calling for the decriminalization of abortion in the country is now before the Federal Supreme Court and could... Read more

Brazilian Congresswoman Chris Tonietto.

Brazil congresswoman launches rosary campaign amid ‘serious threat’ of legalized abortion

Jul 19, 2023

By ACI Digital

Two bishops as well as priests, artists, intellectuals, and Catholic politicians are scheduled to participate in the live event. Read more

Triplets María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, are all nuns belonging to the Franciscan Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Called by God from childhood, triplets from Brazil belong to the same religious order

Mar 16, 2023

By CNA Staff

María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, belong to the Franciscan Congregation... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Brazilian bishop authorizes prayer for private devotion to Benedict XVI

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

“As children of the Church we must pray and ask God for his eternal rest in heaven,” the prelate said... Read more

National Congress of Brazil

Brazil bishops denounce violent seizure of Congress, president’s office, and Supreme Court

Jan 9, 2023

By CNA Staff

A large crowd, presumably supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, seized on Sunday key buildings at the seat of the... Read more

Official image of Blessed Isabel Cristina Mrad Campos

Young martyr known as ‘the Maria Goretti of Brazil’ beatified

Dec 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis presided Dec. 10 at the solemn ceremony of beatification for Isabel Cristina Mrad Campos. Read more

Young women and girls at the Beatification Mass of Blessed Benigna Cardoso in Brazil on Oct. 24, 2022.

The beautiful story behind the red dress many women wore to a martyr’s beatification Mass

Oct 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Earlier this week a large number of women surprised the world by wearing a red dress with white polka dots... Read more

Photos from the beatification of Benigna Cardoso on Oct. 24, 2022, in Brazil.

‘Heroine of chastity’ adolescent Benigna Cardoso is beatified

Oct 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The beatification of Brazilian Benigna Cardoso da Silva, known as the “heroine of chastity” for dying defending her purity at... Read more

Some of the statues that were destroyed in São Mateus church in the town of São Mateus do Sul located in Paraná state in southern Brazil, Oct. 10, 2022.

Catholic church in Brazil desecrated and 28 statues of saints destroyed

Oct 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The attack took place Oct. 10 around noon in São Mateus church in the town of São Mateus do Sul... Read more

Mass in the Chapel of Nossa Senhora Unatadora dos Knots and Sagrada Familia, in Várzea Grande, in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

Blessed Sacrament chapels at gas stations along highway are ‘oasis’ for Brazil travelers

Sep 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Rede Marajó, a chain of highway service stations in Brazil, has built seven chapels at its stations with the Blessed... Read more

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and Praise of Brazil features a 130-foot-tall Marian statue and a 164-foot-high cross.

Brazilian Bishop dedicates new shrine with large cross and Our Lady of Lourdes statue

Jul 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Onécimo Alberton of Rio do Sul on July 15 blessed the new Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and... Read more