Brazilian episcopate ignores military coup’s 60th anniversary | News World

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decision to avoid promoting official acts on the 60th anniversary of the 1964 military coup that led to a 21-year-long dictatorship is apparently being followed by the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB).

Amid tensions between his administration and the Armed Forces – which have mostly supported former President Jair Bolsonaro and his attempted coup in January of 2023 – Lula told his ministers at the beginning of March not to organize any ceremony (which would have an unmistakable critical tone) to mark the anniversary.

In February, Lula affirmed during an interview that he prefers not to “brood over” the consequences of the 1964 coup, something that “belongs in the past.”

The Catholic church, which was a fundamental actor in the resistance to the regime, has traditionally commemorated the coup’s anniversaries, emphasizing the importance of the democracy and of the respect to human values.

Ten years ago, in the 50th anniversary of the coup, the CNBB released a statement in which it said “the post-dictatorship generations that they should remain active in the defense of the Rule of Law” and reaffirmed “the church’s commitment to the defense of participative democracy and social justice for all.”

This year, however, the CNBB website didn’t mention the date. No social media posts on the episcopate’s profiles referred to the 60th anniversary of the coup, something that represents a noteworthy rupture with a tradition kept over the past few decades.

The Armed Forces took control over Brazil between…

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