Caroline Celico, wife of Brazilian soccer player Kaká, confronted members of the Brazilian megachurch where she previously ministered over Twitter on Tuesday.
Celico, an ordained minister, had served more than 2 million people of the Reborn in Christ Church. She was also known for being an accomplished gospel singer herself.
Her husband, Kaká, was the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year. He attended the church since childhood, and was consecrated an elder in 2009. Kaká reportedly contributed a tithe of more than US$ 1.3 million per year. more >>
A Brazilian pastor was fatally-wounded in a shooting Sunday in front of his church in Campo Grande city, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hegnaldo da Silva Viana, age 44, was shot twice in the neck.
Witnesses reported an unidentfied man briefly arguing with the pastor before gunshots were heard. Viana’s family expressed shock, vowing to identify the alleged shooter.
“It was the most horrific scene I have ever seen in my life,” said Viana's aunt Rosa Maria Batista da Silva, 52, to Brazilian publication, Extra Globo. more >>
An international missions organization reports that evangelicals are expected to reach 57.4 million in Brazil this year in accordance with the evangelical annual growth rate of 7.42 percent.
Researchers at "Servindo aos Pastores e Líderes" (SEPAL) announced this 2011 figure last Monday based on findings from its groundbreaking study last year that predicted Brazil's evangelical growth rate over the next decade.
SEPAL had conducted this study utilizing results from Brazil's Census 2000 survey by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) and other information from a March 2007 study conducted by Datafolha, a major domestic information firm. more >>
Brazilian megachurch pastor and televangelist RR Soares launched Thursday a television network in the southeastern city of Criciúma.
Soares is a missionary pastor and founder of the International Church of the Grace of God, which has over 2,000 churches worldwide. The church is famous for Soares’ television show on faith and runs its own TV International Television Network (RIT in Portuguese).
On Thursday, Soares attended the inauguration of the new station in Criciúma city, called "TV Primavera (Spring TV)." more >>
An evangelical initiative is helping senior citizens in Brazil attain literacy. Named Melhor Idade (Best Age), the imitative involves the efforts of believers of various professions.
Despite Brazil’s growing literacy rate, the nation still struggles with a high illiteracy rate amongst the elderly.
"Most of them suffered with this process of illiteracy. I saw seniors who took the Bible for worship, and never opened the Bible," explained Marcos Vilar, who is involved with the project. more >>
Torrential rains in the mountainous area around Rio de Janeiro have triggered one of Brazil’s worst ever natural disasters, with more than 800 people dead, according to the latest government figure.
Entire hillsides have collapsed and avalanches of mud and rock devastated largely poor communities, some of which are reachable only by helicopter.
The ACT Alliance of Christian relief agencies said its members in Brazil were supporting the affected population, while churches in the cities have constructed their own emergency responses. more >>