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Catholic church fights against falling congregations

The pope is enjoying a rapturous welcome in Brazil, a country with more Catholics than anywhere else on earth. The excitement is real, but the number of Brazilians who actually go to mass is in rapid decline and it's the Protestant, evangelical strain of Christianity that's thriving. However, Rome is fighting back, not just with the pope but with "celebrity" priests like Father Marcelo Rossi. France 24's Nicolas Ransom caught up with some of his followers.

By Nicolas RANSOM

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2017-07-27 French politics

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President Emmanuel Macron's "La République En Marche" party is having its first teething problems, as it transitions from a grassroots movement to France's most powerful...

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2017-07-28 France

Was Jewish pensioner's murder religiously motivated?

We look at a recent murder in France that received relatively little media attention. In early April, Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, was killed at her Paris home by...

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2017-07-26 Americas

The limits of affirmative action in Brazil

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2017-07-25 Africa

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2017-07-24 Africa

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