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About Lise
Lise Alves is a freelance journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. My stories have appeared in The Rio Times, CNS, The Art Newspaper, The Lancet, The Guardian, and EarthBeat. I write about social issues, environment, science, politics and travel. I have also produced pieces for Deutsche Welle Radio, WBUR (Boston) Radio and Vatican Radio.
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Brazil's bishops urge investigation of country's COVID-19 vaccine purchases

04 May 2024  |  www.ncronline.org
Brazil's Catholic bishops have called for an impartial investigation into the federal government's handling of COVID-19 vaccine purchases amid the pandemic. They highlighted the loss of over half a million lives and allegations of corruption. The Brazilian Senate is conducting a hearing to assess potential crimes by President Jair Bolsonaro and health officials. A Ministry of Health employee alleged pressure to authorize an overpriced vaccine purchase. The bishops have previously criticized Bolsonaro's pandemic response, which has downplayed the severity of COVID-19 and dismissed safety measures.

Nun, who claims ‘divine help,’ advances to final of MasterChef Brasil

Brazilian bishops congratulate da Silva, note much work ahead

05 Apr 2024  |  thebostonpilot.com
The Brazilian bishops' conference congratulated Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his presidential election victory, emphasizing the need for continued work and unity in Brazil. The election, which saw da Silva defeat incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by a narrow margin, was the closest since the end of military rule. The bishops echoed Pope Francis's call for politics to serve the common good. Advocates for the poor and Indigenous communities expressed hope for positive changes under da Silva's leadership, particularly in the Amazon region. Da Silva plans to address Brazil's re-addition to the UN Hunger Map, a situation that has worsened since his previous presidency.

Global Flight's Loyalty & Award Conference Showcases Latam's Development and Opportunities in Loyalty Segment

12 Oct 2023  |  thewisemarketer.com
The 19th Loyalty & Awards Conference by Global Flight was successfully held in Rio de Janeiro, marking its first occurrence in South America. The event highlighted Brazil's position as one of the top three loyalty markets globally and featured discussions on loyalty program trends, including subscription programs, with insights from industry leaders. Technology's role in loyalty programs was also debated, with a consensus that emerging trends like AI and NFTs are still in early stages. The conference facilitated valuable idea exchanges among competitors and culminated in the Golden Loyalty Awards, recognizing achievements in marketing, technology, management, and partnerships.

Brazilian bishop resigns after inappropriate video goes viral

18 Aug 2023  |  Detroit Catholic
Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva of São José do Rio Preto resigned following the viral spread of a video showing him exposing himself on an internet call. Pope Francis and the Brazilian bishops' conference accepted his resignation, and Archbishop Moacir Silva was appointed as the apostolic administrator. The Vatican had previously investigated allegations of sexual abuse and embezzlement involving da Silva, but he was cleared of these accusations in an internal investigation.

Proof of Covid vaccination still required to enter Brazil as mid-year vacation gets underway

01 Jul 2023  |  The Rio Times
Brazil continues to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entry, despite President Bolsonaro's vaccine-critical stance. The Supreme Court mandated this requirement in December 2021. The tourism industry, represented by ANBTR, attributes the decline in foreign tourists to high travel costs and global economic issues rather than vaccination requirements. Anvisa enforces the regulations, while ABEAR ensures compliance among airlines. The sector remains optimistic about recovery by 2024, with promotional efforts by government agencies like Embratur.

Brazil’s rising art-world profile brings renewed international attention to SP-Arte, the country’s biggest fair

30 Mar 2023  |  theartnewspaper.com
SP-Arte, Latin America's largest art and design fair, opened its 19th edition with significant participation and interest from galleries and collectors. The fair is experiencing a resurgence in international attention, coinciding with Brazil's improved geopolitical image post-election and the upcoming Sao Paulo Biennial. The fair showcases a strong representation of Brazilian Indigenous artists and a special project by Carollina Lauriano. Despite logistical challenges, the sentiment among participants is optimistic, with foreign galleries like Maât Gallery expressing positive experiences and a commitment to the Brazilian market.

Brazil Church opens doors to those who lost homes in mudslides

17 Feb 2023  |  catholicstarherald.org
The Diocese of Petrópolis and local parishes are offering shelter to victims of severe mudslides caused by a torrential rainstorm in Petrópolis, Brazil. Bishop Gregório Paixão Neto has called for solidarity, personally housing a family, and the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has initiated a donation campaign. The mid-February storm, the worst in 70 years, resulted in over 100 deaths with many still missing. The Brazilian bishops' conference has also urged action and prayer in response to the disaster.

Church in Brazil opens doors to shelter those who lost homes in mudslides

17 Feb 2023  |  Northwest Catholic
The Diocese of Petrópolis and local parishes in Brazil have opened their doors to assist victims of a devastating rainstorm that caused severe mudslides in Petrópolis. Bishop Gregório Paixão Neto urged priests and parishioners to shelter those affected, emphasizing solidarity. The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, through Caritas, launched the SOS Petrópolis campaign for donations. The Brazilian bishops’ conference called for unity and prayer for the victims. The storm, one of the worst in 70 years, resulted in significant loss of life and property.

Maxwell Alexandre forces Inhotim Institute in Brazil to remove his work, citing his ‘embarrassment’ over museum's treatment of Black subject matter

07 Dec 2022  |  theartnewspaper.com
Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre demanded the Inhotim Institute, Brazil's largest outdoor contemporary art museum, to remove his work from the Quilombo exhibition, criticizing the museum's treatment of Black subject matter. The museum complied, removing his large-scale paintings from the Novo Poder series on December 7, 2022. The exhibition, which features 32 other artists and a collective, honors the legacy of Brazilian artist Abdias do Nascimento and continues at Inhotim’s Galeria Lago. Alexandre also has a solo show at The Shed in New York until January 8.

Brazilian bishops congratulate da Silva, note much work ahead

31 Oct 2022  |  catholicvirginian.org
The Brazilian bishops' conference congratulated Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his presidential election victory, emphasizing the need for continued work and unity in Brazil. They highlighted the importance of politics serving the common good, echoing Pope Francis. With da Silva's win, there is renewed hope for the protection of Indigenous minorities, the Amazon, and the environment. Da Silva plans to address Brazil's removal from the UN Hunger Map, a problem exacerbated since 2018, with millions facing food insecurity.

Brazil’s ArtRio fair returns with a strong domestic focus and stands divided into earthy and maritime pavilions

15 Sep 2022  |  theartnewspaper.com
ArtRio, Brazil's art fair, returned for its 12th edition in Rio de Janeiro with an in-person event after two years of a hybrid model. The fair featured 62 galleries divided into Terra and Mar pavilions, showcasing established and emerging artists respectively. São Paulo gallery Almeida & Dale celebrated Antônio Bandeira's centenary with a display of his works, while the Solo Project curated by Ademar Britto highlighted young artists addressing social issues. Elian Almeida's works, which explore Afro-Brazilian history, sold out quickly. The fair continues to focus on Brazilian art, with the recent addition of SP-Arte's Rotas Brasileiras, indicating strong collector demand.

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo museums offer new approaches to showcasing Indigenous culture in Brazil

06 Sep 2022  |  theartnewspaper.com
Brazil's bicentennial of independence has prompted a focus on Indigenous cultures, leading to the reopening of Rio de Janeiro's Museu do Índio and the opening of São Paulo's Museu das Culturas Indígenas. The Museu do Índio, closed since 2016, is set to reopen next year after renovations and has been involving Indigenous groups in curating its collection. The Museu das Culturas Indígenas, which opened on June 30, features exhibitions by Indigenous artists and aims to foster respect for Indigenous cultures through engagement and storytelling.

Amazon Catholic leaders: Isolated Indigenous peoples must be protected

01 Sep 2022  |  angelusnews.com
Amazonian church leaders emphasize the urgent need to protect the region's remaining semi-nomadic, isolated Indigenous peoples following the death of an Indigenous man in Brazil. The man, known as the 'man of the hole,' symbolized resistance against external threats. Organizations like FUNAI and CIMI highlight the dangers posed by loggers, ranchers, and economic pressures, exacerbated by reduced government protections under President Bolsonaro. The article underscores the broader implications of protecting these groups for biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and preventing pandemics, calling for global Catholic support.

Violence against Indigenous in Brazil surges, says Catholic council

17 Aug 2022  |  thecatholicspirit.com
The Brazilian bishops’ Indigenous Missionary Council reported a dramatic increase in violence and rights violations against Indigenous peoples in Brazil, with 2021 being the most disastrous year in history. The report highlighted a 180% increase in invasions and mining on Indigenous lands since President Jair Bolsonaro took office. It registered 355 cases of violence, including 176 murders, and criticized the government for legal actions that undermine Indigenous rights, such as allowing mining on their lands. The report also noted the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and malaria by invaders. Despite federal public ministry actions, Bolsonaro has not demarcated any Indigenous lands for three years. The Catholic council emphasized the importance of protecting Indigenous peoples and the reflection of a nation's values in how it treats its vulnerable populations.

Religious leaders join Indigenous in Brazilian land protest

13 Apr 2022  |  www.ncronline.org
Over 6,000 Indigenous people from 172 tribes gathered in Brasília to protest against Brazilian government policies that threaten their lands. The Acampamento Terra Livre 2022-ATL aims to pressure lawmakers to reject legislation allowing mining and agriculture on protected lands. President Jair Bolsonaro's stance on opening Indigenous lands to commercial use has been met with strong opposition from Indigenous groups, environmentalists, and religious leaders. Key figures like Archbishop Roque Paloschi, Fr. Mauricio da Silva Jardim, and Sr. Maria Inês Ribeiro have voiced their support for Indigenous rights and environmental preservation.

Catholic leaders encourage lobbying, discussion against death penalty

01 Feb 2022  |  cruxnow.com
Catholic leaders are actively encouraging discussions and lobbying against the death penalty in the United States. Recent webinars have highlighted the Catholic Church's stance and the need for bipartisan support in Congress to pass anti-death penalty bills. The Catholic Mobilizing Network has launched an online petition to end the federal death penalty, and leaders are urging discussions within parishes and families. The article also mentions recent executions and the Supreme Court's role in denying stays of execution.

Bishops living in Amazon ask COP26 for actions to save planet

05 Nov 2021  |  www.ncronline.org
Bishops from the Amazon region, through a message by the Pan-Amazonian Church Network, urged COP26 participants to commit to protecting vulnerable communities and the Amazon ecosystem. They emphasized the need for urgent and concrete measures to combat climate change, echoing Pope Francis's call for responsible and courageous action. The bishops' plea highlights the critical role of international cooperation and political will in addressing the environmental crisis.

Archdiocesan shelter gives Brazilian women ‘the strength to go on’

01 Nov 2021  |  Catholic Philly
The Our Lady of Mystic Rose Shelter in Montes Claros, Brazil, founded by Gregorio Ventura and supported by the Brazilian bishops’ National Solidarity Fund, provides housing and psychological support to socially vulnerable and homeless women. Women like Beatriz Silva and Maria have found refuge and the opportunity to rebuild their lives through the shelter's support. Archbishop João Justino de Medeiros Silva commends the project for embodying the Gospel's teachings.

17th SP-Arte opens in Brazil’s São Paulo with both in-person and online visitation

19 Oct 2021  |  riotimesonline.com
The 17th edition of SP-Arte, the São Paulo International Art Festival, is taking place from October 20th to 24th at ARCA in São Paulo. This year's fair features a hybrid model with in-person activities and online visitation through SP-Arte's digital space, The Viewing Room, marking a historic edition with the return of face-to-face interactions.

Brazilian bishop resigns after inappropriate video goes viral

18 Aug 2021  |  thecatholicspirit.com
Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva of São José do Rio Preto resigned after a video of him exposing himself went viral. Pope Francis and the Brazilian bishops’ conference accepted his resignation. Archbishop Moacir Silva was appointed as the apostolic administrator. The bishop confirmed his identity in the video but declined further comment. Local Catholics are petitioning for his replacement, citing previous unaddressed petitions. The Vatican had previously investigated allegations of sexual abuse and embezzlement involving the bishop, but he was cleared of the latter.

New species of owl named for American sister assassinated while fighting for the Amazon

28 May 2021  |  America Magazine
Researchers from Brazil, Finland, and the United States have discovered a new species of screech owl in the Amazon, named Megascops stangiae in honor of Sister Dorothy Stang, who was assassinated in 2005 for her efforts to protect the Amazon forest and its people. The tribute highlights her dedication to environmental conservation and human rights. Sister Stang's legacy continues to inspire many, and the naming of the owl aims to bring attention to the ongoing fight against deforestation. The article features insights from various individuals who knew Sister Stang and emphasizes the symbolic significance of the tribute.

New Species of Owl Named After Nun

01 May 2021  |  scross.co.za
Researchers from Brazil, Finland, and the United States discovered a new species of screech owl in the Amazon forest, named Megascops stangiae in honor of the late Sister Dorothy Stang, who was assassinated in 2005 for her environmental and social work in the region. The naming serves as a tribute to her life's work and aims to bring attention to the ongoing deforestation in the Amazon. Sister Stang's legacy continues to inspire environmental efforts and is recognized internationally.

Nun, who claims ‘divine help,’ advances to final of MasterChef Brasil

03 Dec 2020  |  thecatholicspirit.com
Sister Lorayne Caroline Tinti, a Brazilian nun and member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Resurrection, has advanced to the final of MasterChef Brasil, attributing her success to 'divine help' and prayer. She noticed and corrected an issue with the shrimp she was given to cook, which contributed to her victory. Sister Tinti learned to cook from her family and honed her skills at her order's mission house bakery. Her participation in the show has increased interest in the social projects conducted by the sisters and in religious life. She is known for her versatility with eggplant and her expertise in pastries and desserts. As she prepares for the finals, she plans to seek divine assistance and pray while cooking.

Nun, who claims 'divine help,' advances to final of MasterChef Brasil

01 Dec 2020  |  Detroit Catholic
Sr. Lorayne Caroline Tinti, a Brazilian nun, has advanced to the finals of MasterChef Brasil, attributing her success to 'divine help' and constant prayer. She aims to use her platform to promote the social projects of her religious order and encourage young people to consider religious life. Her culinary journey began with her family and was further honed in the mission house's bakery. Despite initial reservations, her participation has garnered support from both laypeople and religious figures.

Nun, who claims ‘divine help,’ advances to final of MasterChef Brasil

01 Dec 2020  |  Today's Catholic
A Brazilian nun, Sister Lorayne Caroline Tinti, has advanced to the finals of MasterChef Brasil, attributing her success to 'divine help' and constant prayer. She prepared shrimp stroganoff and tiramisu, impressing judges and viewers alike. Sister Lorayne, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Resurrection, learned cooking from her family and honed her skills at the order’s mission house. Her participation in the show has brought attention to the social projects of her order and inspired interest in religious life. She remains confident and prayerful as she prepares for the final contest.

Pope calls Brazilian priest, thanks him for work with homeless

12 Oct 2020  |  angelusnews.com
Father Julio Lancellotti, a priest from Sao Paulo, received a personal call from Pope Francis, thanking him for his longstanding service to the homeless. The Pope had seen photos sent by Father Lancellotti depicting the plight of the homeless in Sao Paulo and wanted to express his love and prayers for them. Despite threats against him, Father Lancellotti continues his work, supported by the homeless community and church officials. The pandemic posed challenges, but it also brought solidarity, with many contributing to help. Pope Francis highlighted the call during an Angelus talk, emphasizing the church's role in inviting everyone to God's banquet.
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