RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilians have given Pope Francis a superstar’s welcome on his first return to his home continent but the big question is whether the trip can help stop the hemorrhaging of the Catholic Church in Latin America.
The first Latin American pope is clearly relishing the enthusiasm at a time when the Church, which once was an unrivalled religious bastion on the continent, is grappling to hold onto faithful.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world’s rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.
The pope also urged Brazil’s youth, who have taken part in recent protests showing discontent with the status quo, to keep alive their “sensitivity towards injustice” and be a catalyst in the fight against corruption.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued his first social manifesto, calling on the rich to wipe out vast inequalities, and later received an ecstatic welcome from up to a million people on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.
During a visit to a Rio slum on Thursday morning, the first Latin American pope called for a “culture of solidarity” to replace the “selfishness and individualism” in modern society.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers that the world’s rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.
History’s first Latin American pope, who has rallied the Church on behalf of the poor and who lives more austerely than predecessors, called for a “culture solidarity” to replace the “selfishness and individualism” prevailing in modern society.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – One month after demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Congress demanding an end to corruption and the clean-up of Brazil’s political stables, lawmakers are procrastinating.
In an initial flurry of activity, rattled congressmen abandoned a constitutional amendment that would have made it harder to prosecute corrupt politicians, senators voted to stiffen penalties for corruption, and Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of a lawmaker convicted of embezzlement.
BRASILIA, July 16 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s
approval rating plummeted and her re-election chances have
dimmed in the month since massive protests of poor public
services, corruption and other complaints shook Brazil, a new
poll published on Tuesday showed.
The number of Brazilians who approve of her government’s
performance fell to 31.3 percent in July from 54.2 percent in
June. The number of those who think it has done a bad job soared
to 29.5 percent from 9 percent, the survey by polling firm MDA
BRASILIA/BOGOTA, July 10 (Reuters) – Latin American
governments urged the United States on Wednesday to be more
forthcoming in answering allegations of U.S. spying programs
there that have set off a wave of outrage that could damage its
standing in the region.
Colombia, Washington’s closest military ally in Latin
America, joined the chorus of governments seeking answers
following reports the United States used surveillance programs
to monitor Internet traffic in most of the region’s countries.
BRASILIA, July 9 (Reuters) – Irate Latin American nations
are demanding explanations from the United States about new
allegations that it spied on both allies and foes in the region
with secret surveillance programs.
A leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday that the
U.S. National Security Agency targeted most Latin American
countries with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic,
especially in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff sent Congress reform proposals on Tuesday intended to make Brazilian politics more representative in a bid to recoup popularity she lost in a wave of angry protests against the country’s political establishment.
Making good on a promise in the wake of the protests that rocked Brazil in June, Rousseff asked Congress to hold a non-binding national vote, or plebiscite, to see what Brazilians want changed. In the request, she listed broad themes that she wants to see addressed, including campaign finance reform, an end to anonymous votes by lawmakers in Congress, and a possible shift from proportional representation to district voting.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – The massive protests that paralyzed Brazil last week appear to have peaked after sending the country’s shaken political establishment a loud message that it needs to change its ways.
It’s now up to the politicians to deliver improvements to the country’s deficient public services and more transparent and accountable government demanded by frustrated Brazilians, or the crescendo of angry protests could suddenly return.