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Filipe Domingues is a Brazilian journalist who reports on religion, environment and economics.
José Francisco, O.F.M., greets the queue in front of a Sefra food distribution site in São Paulo. Photo courtesy of Equipe de Comunicação Sefras.
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Filipe Domingues
In Brazil under its Covid-19 lockdown: “At first, only the most vulnerable were starving, but the hunger queue is growing each day. It’s a hunger pandemic.”
First day of vaccinations against Covid-19 on Jan.18, at Christ the Redeemer, during an event hosted by the Archdiocese in Rio de Janeiro. Terezinha da Conceição receives her shot from nursing technician Dulcinéia da Silva Lopes. Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil
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Filipe Domingues
Despite Brazil’s successes with vaccines, during the Covid-19 pandemic more Brazilians than ever have come to fear vaccination efforts because of disinformation campaigns.
Matheus Vianna and Gabriel Terron pose before a relic of Carlo Acutis in 2015. Photo courtesy of St. Sebastian's church in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
FaithDispatches
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Informally called “patron of the internet” for having published stories of Eucharistic miracles online, Blessed Carlo Acutis is now admired by thousands of Brazilians, young and old.
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“This war destabilized not only our region, but all of Mozambique,” said Luiz Fernando Lisboa, C.P., bishop of the Diocese of Pemba, the province’s capital. “The church’s role has been to help victims. But we must also speak out.”
A member of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources fire brigade attempts to control a fire in a tract of the Amazon jungle in Apui, Brazil, on Aug. 11. (CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters)
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Brazil’s ecological offenses have been overshadowed by an arguably graver crisis, according to members of the local church, the government’s disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Relatives stand next to the body of Raimundo Costa do Nascimento, 86, at his home in Sao Jorge, Manaus, Brazil, on April 30. According to the family, Costa do Nascimento died of pneumonia and had to wait 10 hours for funerary services to come pick up his body. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)
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In an exclusive interview conducted over email with America, Archbishop Azevedo criticized Brazilian politicians “in different stances of power” who have “minimized the effects of the pandemic.”
 Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, attends a seminar on safeguarding children at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome March 23. The seminar was organized by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithDispatches
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The advisory panels should become a means of assistance and counsel for their respective national bishops’ conferences. “The members of these groups can instruct, with their own experience, how to deal with the issue of abuse, especially when it comes to listening to victims and accompanying them.”

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Brazil is still reeling three days after 10 people were killed by two young men who assaulted a São Paulo suburban school on March 12.
Members of an uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian state of Acre in 2012. Image courtesy of Agência de Notícias do Acre.
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For many of these small groups, remaining uncontacted is a survival strategy.
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Some members of the armed forces resent the influence and popularity of the Catholic Church in the Amazon.