RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's drop in popularity has attracted proposals from alliances in exchange for public funds. One of the most tempting came from conservative priests and laity who control much of the Catholic radio and TV broadcasting networks.

Linked to the politically divergent wing of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB) within the Church, they pledged "positive media" for government actions in the novel coronavirus pandemic. In return, however, they requested state and grant funding, through advertising, to expand their communication network.

The proposal came on May 21st, in a videoconference with the participation . . .

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