What to Know About the Pope’s Visit to Canada and Apology to Indigenous Communities
Pope Francis will begin a weeklong trip across Canada that he called a “pilgrimage of penance” to meet with Indigenous communities and formally apologize for the rampant abuse and “cultural genocide,” at residential schools—ran by the Roman Catholic church—where more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forcibly enrolled. © Andrej Ivanov—AFP/Getty Images) People from the indigenous community hold up their drums as they gather at Place du Canada, the site of the former statue of John A. Macdonald, in Montreal, Quebec, on July 1, 2021.
Earlier this month, a Brazilian Supreme Court Justice ordered the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to do more to protect the lives and territory of the country’s isolated tribes. © Michael Fox/The World
Worshippers at televangelist Silas Malafaia's evangelical church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are shown at a service.
They number in the thousands, and there are about 100 distinct tribes scattered throughout Brazil’s Amazon region. Contacting these people directly is illegal. That’s because they’re vulnerable to ailments like the common cold.
It’s also about respecting their desire to preserve their way of life. This hasn’t stopped Christian missionaries, though, and Bolsonaro has done his best to support their cause.
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In 2020, Bolsonaro appointed an evangelical pastor and missionary, Ricardo Lopes Dias, to oversee the country’s department of isolated and recently contacted tribes. Dias had worked as a missionary with New Tribes Mission Brazil for a decade.
New Tribes is now called Ethnos 360. It’s a Florida-based evangelical group that trains missionaries to spread the gospel to Indigenous people and, in particular, those who have never heard about Christianity. According to the website, the group has 3,000 missionaries around the world and training programs in more than a dozen countries.
It caused a stir in early 2020, when it raised $2 million to buy a helicopter to increase access to Native peoples in remote regions of Brazil.
Indigenous leaders fought the appointment of Dias. And they won. He was removed less than a year later, following a court order.
But Dias’ appointment was a sign of how Bolsonaro has embraced the evangelical cause.
Bolsonaro has consistently backed the missionaries. So, what’s behind their interest in Indigenous communities?
Experts say Bolsonaro’s real interest in the Amazon is not the people or their souls, but the mineral riches that are found there.
“For Bolsonaro, the Amazon is a great treasure chest, but there are Indians in the way,” said Rodrigo Toniol, an anthropologist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “The arrival of evangelicals to Indigenous territories is part of a process that’s far beyond just converting them. For Bolsonaro, it’s not about saving souls.”
Brazil towel sales emerge to mock mistrust of polls .
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As keen supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro claim polls signaling he will lose his reelection bid can't be trusted, an unlikely proxy has emerged: towel sales. Cashing in on skepticism of pollsters ahead of October elections, some street vendors have begun using scoreboards to track sales of towels bearing the faces of far-right Bolsonaro and his rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers’ Party. © Provided by Associated Press Brazil's former president who is running for reelection, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, speaks during a campaign rally in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.