Eduardo Campos Lima is an author at Religion News Service.
Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil’s evangelicals and fellow Christians
SAO PAOLO (RNS) — The apparently intentional escalation of fires in the Amazon rainforest has contributed to a growing political split between Catholics and some Protestant groups and President Jair Bolsonaro’s evangelical supporters.
Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more
(RNS) — The new law marks a turning point for Protestant denominations that have historically tended to keep their distance from politics.
After centuries of persecution, ‘lost’ Brazilian Jews struggle to regain their place
SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Thanks to new tools for the study of genealogy and the help of a welcoming rabbi, the Bnei Anusim, or ‘children of the coerced,’ have taken their first steps to be fully recognized as Jews again.
Practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions fear increasing intolerance under Bolsonaro
SAO PAULO (RNS) — During his campaign, Brazil’s new president unapologetically dismissed the concerns of Afro-Brazilian communities, announcing at one point, ‘The state is Christian and the minority will have to change.’
As Venezuela refugee crisis builds, church struggles to carry out pope’s call
SAO PAULO (RNS) — The flow of refugees has overwhelmed efforts to meet Pope Francis’ call to provide ‘hospitality and acceptance’ for immigrants.
Eyeing Amazon synod, Brazil accuses church of ‘leftist agenda’
SAO PAOLO, Brazil (RNS) — The Brazilian president’s security chief was quoted in a recent news story about the synod, saying, ‘We are worried about it and want to neutralize it.’
John of God’s sexual assault arrest tarnishes Brazil’s spiritist movement
SAO PAOLO, Brazil (RNS) — More than 600 women — varying in age from 8 to 67 — have accused the medium of sexual assault, adding a distressing chapter to the long history of spiritist mediums in Brazil.
Brazilian president’s win leaves him in debt to evangelical bloc
SAO PAOLO, Brazil (RNS) — Posing as a political savior for the Christian right, Jair Bolsonaro now has to live up to high expectations.