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Filipe Domingues is a Brazilian journalist who reports on religion, environment and economics.
Pope Francis has approved the canonization of Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite martyred at the Dachau concentration camp. Blessed Brandsma, pictured in an undated photo, is scheduled to be canonized on May 15 at the Vatican along with nine others. (CNS photo/courtesy Titus Brandsma Institute)
FaithDispatches
Filipe Domingues
A renowned Dutch priest, professor and journalist, Titus Brandsma was killed in a Nazi concentration camp. The woman who executed him later became Catholic—and this Sunday, Father Brandsma will be made a saint.
Bishop Cipollini prays with the faithful during a 'missionary pastoral visit' to São Caetano do Sul, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2016. Photo courtesy: Diocese of Santo André
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Filipe Domingues
“It is clericalism that prevents the church today from being missionary,” Bishop Cipollini said. “I have great hope that the synod on synodality can make clericalism collapse—perhaps not entirely, but at least in its major strongholds.”
Brazilian Sisters of Providence celebrate a novice’s final vow ceremony with a ‘selfie’ in September 2020. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence
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Filipe Domingues
Besides taking up the challenge of exploring new frontiers of evangelization in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Brazilian women religious have also become evangelizers of the “old continent,” Europe, where female vocations have radically declined in recent decades.
Italian Judge Rosario Livatino, who was murdered in Sicily in 1990 by the crime syndicate Cosa Nostra, is pictured in an image provided by the Archdiocese of Agrigento. Marking the May 8 beatification of Judge Livatino, a Vatican dicastery announced a working group on “the excommunication of mafias.” (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Agrigento)
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Filipe Domingues
“Like Jesus, Judge Livatino died forgiving his murderers,” said Cardinal Marcelo Semeraro during the beatification ceremony of May 9, 2021, at the Cathedral of Agrigento in Sicily.
Anti-government protesters hide behind makeshift shields during clashes with the police in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The protests have been triggered by proposed tax increases on public services, fuel, wages and pensions. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Filipe Domingues
What began on April 28 as a public reaction to a tax reform proposal from President Iván Duque has expanded into a massive mobilization of broad discontent.
People wait outside a vaccination station to receive a dose of the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine in Belford Roxo, Brazil, March 31, 2021, during a vaccination day for citizens 71 and older. (CNS photo/Ricardo Moraes, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Filipe Domingues
The Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa (“Pastoral Care for Elderly Persons”) reaches 170,000 seniors all over Brazil. The efforts and interventions of the ministry’s workers are built around monthly home visits.
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.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
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
Politics & SocietyDispatches
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
Filipe Domingues
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.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Filipe Domingues
“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.”