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Eduardo Campos Lima is a freelance journalist who contributes from São Paulo, Brazil.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
In a region of vast distances, weak infrastructure and a relatively small number of priests, religious and laywomen like Sister Laura are the mainstay of Catholic spirituality.
Guatemalans march during a protest demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porra in San Cristobal Totonicapan July 29, 2021. (CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
Guatemala’s historical social inequality has only worsened because of economic deterioration intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic and a political crisis created by President Giammattei’s increasing authoritarian tendencies.
FaithDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
The invasion of public land by big landowners and illegal miners at the expense of Indigenous groups and small growers has led to record numbers of violent conflicts in Brazil’s rural and forest areas.
A street child in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil in May 2019. iStock photo.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
“In every large city in Brazil, you can now see a greater number of kids begging for money or selling candy on the streets than before the pandemic.”
An Indigenous man receives the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from a municipal health worker in the Sustainable Development Reserve of Tupe in Manaus, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2021. (CNS photo/Bruno Kelly, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
Covid-19 immunization campaigns must overcome enormous difficulties in reaching remote indigenous groups, isolated riverside communities and the villages of quilombola people, the descendants of African slaves.
Women inmates with their faces obscured to protect their privacy are pictured at the Dacar Prison Unit 5 in São Paulo. (CNS photo/courtesy Prison Pastoral Ministry of Brazil)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
The Brazilian Constitution secures the right of women who are incarcerated to breastfeed their babies for six months. The law also allows them to serve their time at home. The decision is left to a judge.
Venezuelan migrants walk along a trail into Brazil, in the border city of Pacaraima, Brazil, in April 2019. (CNS photo/Pilar Olivares, Reuters)
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Eduardo Campos Lima
Refugees “can’t obtain the Brazilian documents,” one local bishop said, “but they keep needing shelter, food and healthcare.”
Pro-life supporters pray during a 2019 protest outside the local congress in Oaxaca, Mexico. In late July, Mexico's bishops called on Catholics to speak out ahead of a ruling from the country's Supreme Court, which could lead to a nationwide decriminalization of abortion. (CNS photo/Jorge Luis Plata, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
New social actors, especially evangelical Protestant groups and right-wing movements, have joined the debate on the liberalization of abortion law.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
The trafficking of women in Latin America has increased with the Covid-19 pandemic, according to church activists.
Getting assistance in San Andrés Tuxtla in the state of Veracruz, Mexico (Photo courtesy of Caritas Mexico)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
National churches that face the most difficulties are in those countries that already had serious economic problems before the pandemic started.