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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a semester of friction and discontent with Jair Bolsonaro's government, the evangelical bloc in Congress managed to turn the president into the guarantor of a package that is expected to lessen the church's obligations to the tax authorities.

At a meeting in the Planalto in May, attended by the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, Bolsonaro set a deadline of two months for the Federal Treasury Department's Special Secretary, Marcos Cintra, to attend to requests from legislators who contest fines levied on religious bodies.

The proposal, presented by federal deputy Sóstenes Cavalcante . . .

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