She almost died twice and never learned to read or write until she left the Amazon forest as a teenager, now at 56, Marina Silva, a devout evangelical Christian, is primed to become Brazil's first black president.
A poll released late Tuesday by the Ibope research firm cited by The Wall Street Journal showed Silva defeating incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with 45 percent to 36 percent in a runoff.
The narrative of how Silva has come to the brink of being the leader of the world's fifth largest country is ripe for the silver screen and the country's majority population of non-white voters, once frustrated with Brazils politics, have now been energized by her candidacy. more >>
A Brazilian man pronounced dead by physicians in Salvador, Brazil this weekend was fortunately found alive by his brother shortly before his burial.
The man credits a Brazilian saint for bringing him back to life.
"I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured," Valdelucio Goncalves wrote in a letter to Brazil's G1 website. "Before Irma Dulce [a saint credited with miraculous powers in Brazil], I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son hold onto her, and you will be saved." more >>
Huge crowds of over 130,000 people attended Mass in Recife Sunday for Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who died in a plane crash last week.
The crowd stretched out for close to 1.9 miles to pay their respects at Campos' coffin, which was placed outside Recife's local government headquarters, AFP reported.
The Socialist Party candidate, who had been running against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in the upcoming election in October, died on Wednesday after his campaign jet crashed in Santos city due to bad weather, killing all seven people on board. more >>
A Brazilian billionaire preacher inaugurated a massive church building in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, designed to be a $300 million replica of the original Temple of Solomon, as noted in the Bible's Old Testament.
The temple, which takes over an entire city block, is an 11-story building twice the size of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, and is complete with stone from Israel and a helipad for its founder's, Edir Macedo, convenience.
"This temple is not about a denominational project, but something so glorious and spiritual that transcends reason itself," said Macedo, according to the Temple of Solomon's website. "It will certainly awaken the dormant faith of those who are cold and will prompt a national and worldwide revival." more >>
The Germans were relentless and merciless in their crushing 7-1 defeat of Brazil in their World Cup semi-final match, which left fans in the host country shell-shocked and in tears after witnessing the most stunning defeat the country has ever been dealt in 94 years of Brazilian soccer.
"Huge boos from the crowd as they jeered Brazil off the field - with the majority of the team collapsing in tears of embarrassment and humiliation at the final whistle," noted the Daily Mail's Dan Ripley.
"Germany cruise into the final of the World Cup with one of the most devastating victories I have ever seen. Make no mistake though, this game will be remembered more for Brazil's total capitulation rather than Germany's stunning performance," he added. more >>
While the goalkeeper for Costa Rica's national soccer team is being revered for leading his team's victory against Greece on Sunday, Keylor Navas is giving glory to God and credits his efforts to his strong Christian faith.
Navas helped Costa Rica secure a spot in the World Cup's quarterfinals for the first time in the team's history after knocking away a penalty kick from Greece in a move that he says was made for God, his family, teammates and country.
"I talk to God and ask Him to help me. I tell Him that everything I say and do in the game is for His glory and I ask Him to put me an angel on each side, in each post, and behind me so that everything can turn out fine," said Navas, according to Spanish news outlet Protestante Digital. more >>