A group of Brazilian evangelical Christians has seen its Facegloria social networking website attract 100,000 users in its first month, offering a "morally better" version of Facebook that is centered on God and free from violence and pornography.
"On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," one of the founders, web designer Atilla Barros, told AFP in an interview.
"We want to be morally and technically better than Facebook. We want all Brazilian Evangelicals to shift to Facegloria," Barros added. more >>
International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.
Luiz, 28, who plays for French football club Paris Saint-German and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team, was baptized into Hillsong Church in teammate Maxwell's in-door swimming pool. He posted a message alongside the picture which read "I have chosen to wait." Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to The Telegraph.
He also included a verse from 1 Corinthians in his post. more >>
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected to her position following a very narrow victory on Sunday, earning 51.6 percent of the votes against challenger Aécio Neves.
"Instead of increasing differences and creating gaps, I strongly hope that we create the conditions to unite," Rousseff told supporters in Brasilia following news of her victory, The Guardian reported. "I want to be a much better president than I have been until now."
The runoff election was forced after Rousseff was unable to secure the majority of voices during the Oct. 5 vote, where she received 42 percent of the support, Neves 34 percent, and evangelical hopeful Marina Silva finished third with 21 percent. more >>
Brazilian incumbent president Dilma Rousseff is facing a runoff after receiving 42 percent of the votes and failing to win the majority of votes in Sunday's election. She will be going up against centre-right candidate Aecio Neves, who received 34 percent of votes. Evangelical hopeful and former environment minister Marina Silva finished third with 21 percent.
Rousseff vowed to continue working for change, and said that voters had expressed their rejection of "the ghosts of the past, recession and unemployment."
Evangelicals in Brazil are on the verge of possibly electing one of their own as the nation's president for the first time in Brazil's history.
Marina Silva, an environmentalist and Pentecostal Christian, will run against current President Dilma Rousseff in an election later this month. If elected, Silva's presidency will cause a major shift in the predominantly Catholic nation.
"Much of the church will converge on her candidacy," evangelical pastor Robson Rodovalho told Reuters News. "Brazil is a real democracy. It's only a matter of time before we have an evangelical president. That's a fact." more >>
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 >>