In pre-campaign, Boulos meets with Cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer

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The meeting lasted about an hour and had debates on problems in the capital of São Paulo, such as social inequality, with a focus on the increase in the homeless population in the city

YURI MURAKAMI/THENEWS2/ESTADÃO CONTÚDOGuilherme Boulos is a federal deputy for São Paulo and pre-candidate for Mayor of São Paulo

O Congressman It is pre-candidate The São Paulo City Hall, Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), met with the cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, this Monday (1). According to the parliamentarian’s interlocutors, the meeting lasted around an hour – and served to discuss problems in the capital of São Paulo. The two talked about social inequality, focusing on the increase in the city’s homeless population. Data released in February this year by Brazilian Public Policy Observatory with the homeless population, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) show that, between December 2012 and December 2023, the number of people living on the streets of São Paulo increased 16.8 times, going from 3,842 to 64,818. Interlocutors present at the meeting say that Guilherme Boulos thanked the cardinal for the work of the Church in defense of this population. The pre-candidate also received a book as a gift from Dom Odilo.

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The meeting took place a few days after Boulos became the target of criticism following a publication by Homeless Workers Movement (MTST)referring to Easter, show the phrase “a good criminal is a dead criminal” being said by soldiers next to an image of the crucified Jesus. People linked to the pre-candidate’s campaign claim, however, that the meeting between Boulos and Dom Odilo was already scheduled before the controversy. Boulos did not comment on the case. Other pre-candidates, however, such as Ricardo Nunes (MDB) and Kim Kataguiri (União Brasil) also referred to the deputy on social media: Nunes said he was “outraged”, and linked the post to “Boulos’ gang”. Kim wrote thanking the MSTS for the post, stating that it “buried Boulos’ candidacy”. The MTST stated that it was impressed by the “lack of interpretation” regarding the image.

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