Brazil’s Brave Cardinal


Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, whose advocacy of human rights placed him in opposition to Brazil’s military dictatorship, died on Wednesday, December 21, in São Paulo. He was 95 years old. “Where human rights are not respected, we speak out against them,” Cardinal Arns said in 1972 during the era of the military government, a year before More...

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On October 31, 2016

Curitiba Elects New Mayor

Rafael Greca will be the new mayor of Curitiba, having been elected in a surprising election on Sunday, October 30. The surprise comes from a 15-point margin of victory by Greca over his opponent, Ney Leprevost. More...

Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Seek Shelter In Makeshift Camps In Jordan
On September 21, 2015
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Refugees Flee Syria for Brazil

More than a year before Pope Francis urged Europe’s Catholics to take in Syrian refugees, a priest in Brazil inspired the support of his parishioners to ease the suffering of those fleeing unimaginable horror. More...

On January 16, 2015

Crime is Expensive

Violent crime cost Brazil 258 billion reais (about U$100 billion) in 2013, a figure equivalent to 5.4 percent of the country’s GDP. This astronomical expense was detailed in the Brazilian Public Safety Annual More...

On January 5, 2015

Poverty Report

Approximately 7.2 million people in Brazil went hungry last year and 54 million, or nearly a quarter of the country’s population, experienced food insecurity, despite advances in the fight against poverty. Food More...

Earth fragile future
On December 31, 2014

Philanthropy Forum

The Third Brazilian Forum of Social and Philanthropic Investors, organized by the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS) and the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) was held in São Paulo and attracted More...

Raimundo Pereira
On December 13, 2014

Brazil’s Rubber Tappers Fight AIDS

  Deep in the Amazon region, starting at dawn, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect the white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world’s only producer of contraceptives More...

On November 20, 2014

Brazilian Courts are Buried

Everyone in Brazil is accustomed to the slow wheels of justice. While Americans often complain that issues before their courts take too long to resolve, the US justice system is a paradise compared to Brazil’s. More...

Christmas in Curitiba
On December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas, Curitiba

Every year, the Father Christmas Project answers the dreams of hundreds of thousands of Brazilian children. Here’s an example: “Dear Father Christmas,” the letter reads, “my name is Larissa. More...

On December 13, 2013

Former President Bill Clinton Visits Brazil

One of America’s most popular presidents, William Jefferson Clinton, is in Brazil this week. As Mr. Clinton is no longer a member of the US government, his visit is not an official State visit. Bill Clinton More...