Benjamin Soloway is an author at Religion News Service.
Brazilian bishop urges ordination of married community elders as priest shortage grows
BELEM, Brazil (RNS) Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops is considering a proposal to ordain married community elders as a way to ease the shortage of Catholic priests in rural areas.
As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever
BELEM, Brazil (RNS) An arduous public display of devotion to the Virgin Mary has persisted and thrived even as Catholicism loses ground to evangelical faiths in a dramatic transformation of Brazilian society.