In Brazil, religion at the heart of the electoral campaign

To make up for his five-point handicap in the first round of the presidential election, outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro did not hesitate to play the religion card. Popular among Evangelicals, he tried to reach out to Catholics as well on two traditional festivals, during the campaign between the two towers. During the Cirio de Nazaré … Read more

Weapons, religion, Amazon, fake news and hope in Brazil – Rebelion

Scenes of political violence appear almost every day in the Brazilian media and social networks. Evangelical attacks on religious Catholics. Exacerbated racism. They circulate abundant fake news. In this last electoral stage, prior to the second round between Lula and Bolsonaro, the Bolsonarist strategy is the most visible and aggressive. That is the apparent state … Read more

The bishops of Brazil denounce the “instrumentalization” of religion by Lula and Bolsonaro


After the leftist Lula da Silva and the rightist Jair Bolsonaro were the two leaders with the most votes in the first round, held on October 2, the second and final call to the polls will take place this coming October 30, for which Brazilians they will revalidate Bolsonaro’s mandate or return power to Lula … Read more

Brazil: Bishops denounce the political appropriation of religion – Swiss Catholic Portal


“At this time of the electoral campaign, we deplore the intensification of the exploitation of faith and religion as a means of garnering votes in the second round”. The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) denounced, on October 11, 2022, the recuperation of religion for political purposes during the campaign for the second round … Read more

Lula and the political use of religion in Brazil


In the 2018 electoral campaign, in which Jair Bolsonaro was victorious, the political use of religious discourse and the resource of electoralizing evangelical theology was an unexpected novelty. It perplexed analysts and political actors. Today things are different. Lula has known how to equip the attacks of the conservative Pentecostal churches, such as the powerful … Read more

Elections in Brazil: “I do not have a pact nor have I ever talked with the devil”, Lula’s incredible denial in a campaign dominated by religion


SAN PABLO.- A faithful reflection of an aggressive presidential campaign and at times unusual like few others, the former president and candidate of the PT Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had to go out and deny that he has a “pact with the devil”, two days after he won the elections and went to the … Read more

Religion comes to the elections in Brazil: Lula da Silva is accused of ‘a pact with the devil’

The devil emerged as a new problem for the two candidates for the Presidency of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro, at a time when the religious issue has gained weight in the electoral campaign. Former President Lula, the most voted candidate last Sunday in the first round of the elections, was … Read more

The instrumental use of religion by Brazilian politicians


Tehran(IQNA)-Mathew Guest, professor of sociology and religion at Durham University, in a note, addressed the issue of the intertwining of populist politics and religion in Brazil, and wrote: “The Brazil’s presidential election this fall will show how populist leaders in the 21st century are using religion to rally support and votes. Jair Bolsonaro, of the … Read more