Amy Erica Smith

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An Amazon indigenous girl gives Pope Francis a plant during the offertory of a Mass for the closing of the Amazon Synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 27. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

The Catholic Church wrapped up its three-week Amazon Synod in Rome on Oct. 27. The pope convened the conference — officially, a “special assembly” of the Holy See’s deliberative council of bishops — to develop recommendations for church policy in the nine-country Amazon region. Most news media focused on a controversial proposal from the Working Document that summarizes the synod’s results: to allow married deacons in the region to become priests.

The media have paid less attention to the synod’s central theme: care for the Amazonian environment and its people. Environmental concerns have gained increasing relevance with a recent spate of devastating fires in the Brazilian and Bolivian Amazon forest.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Sunday, Brazilians elected a far-right populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, whose charismatic campaign has dramatically reshaped the country’s political landscape. Ever linguistically playful, Brazilians invented a series of nicknames: On the right, “Bolsominions” (the president’s most fervent followers) sold T-shirts lauding their guy as “O Mito,” or “The Myth.” On the left, supporters of candidate Fernando Haddad adopted the hashtag “#Bolsoasno” (Bolso-donkey).

Bolsonaro’s supporters seemed to revel in his inflammatory rhetoric and disparaging comments toward women and minorities, in the mythos of his surviving an ill-conceived September assassination attempt, and in his messianic campaign promises.

What does Bolsonaro’s victory signal?

The rise of a candidate like Bolsonaro is surprising in a country that has long ranked near the top of the region on indicators of political tolerance.…  Seguir leyendo »