Bishop José Ronaldo Ribeiro resigned after he and 10 others went on trial for racketeering, money laundering and embezzlement

Some time after a new bishop arrived in the central Brazilian city of Formosa in 2015, parishioners started to notice a few changes.

The diocese went from credit to an £18,000 ($23,592) debt, and stopped publishing public accounts. Church funds were used to buy 15 new cars – two of which immediately disappeared – and the cost of running Bishop José Ronaldo Ribeiro’s house spiraled from £920 to £6,400 a month, they alleged.

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