Brazil's Catholic Church has condemned the country's hosting of the upcoming World Cup, pointing out the billions that have been spent on stadiums while the country still fails to advance basic public services, such as sanitation and education.
Brazil's Bishops Conference distributed brochures in the country's dioceses last week, encouraging government officials to allow Brazilians to publicly protest the FIFA World Cup, which begins June 12 and ends July 13. The brochures condemn the country's World Cup organizers for spending a total of $11 billion in preparation for the World Cup, instead of contributing such a massive amount of money to the country's notoriously poor public services.
"The Church wants to contribute to the public debate and express its concern with [...] the inversion of priorities in the use of public money that should go to health, education, basic sanitation, transportation and security," the red brochure reads, in part. The appearance of the brochure resembles the "red card" given to a soccer player from a referee that indicates he has committed a flagrant foul. more >>
Over half a million Christians gathered throughout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week to partake in "March for Jesus," an annual event intended to showcase the country's growing evangelical population.
The march was held under the slogan "I belong to Jesus. I am a champion," in honor of the participants' faith and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, which Brazil is hosting beginning June 12. Many proclaimed the theme on jersey-style T-shirts, printed in the colors of the Brazilian flag and the national team's uniforms.
"We're here to represent our faith and show the strength of the evangelical population, which continues to grow," said Jardson Carioca, a 30-year-old bus driver who attended the march with 50 other members of his church, reports Hispanic news outlet Mundo Cristiano. more >>
Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was struck by lightning Thursday night, resulting in some damage. Photos capturing the moment can be found here.
The thumb on the right hand of the 125-ft statue suffered damage during a storm that one of the most lightning strikes since 1999, when Brazil first began monitoring storms, according to BBC.
Christ the Redeemer, located on top of Corcovado's Mount, is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is visited by some 2 million people every year. more >>
A Brazilian student who auctioned then sold her virginity online for $780,000 last year is auctioning it again and hopes to get $1.5 million for it this time around.
The student, physical education major, Catarina Migliorini, 21, decided she wouldn't honor the winning bid on her purity, because the Japanese millionaire, Natsu, 53, who paid for it didn't match the physical description she had been given before she met with him, according to the Huffington Post.
Migliorini who became somewhat of a celebrity in Brazil after her story became public, claimed that, Justin Sisely, the filmmaker of the Australian documentary she did the first auction for, never gave her the money Natsu paid for her and there were other issues regarding the project. more >>
Pastor Cesar Peixoto of Iglesia Cristo La Verdad Que Liberta in Sao Roque, Brazil, is known for promising "divine liposuction" to his church members seeking a quick weight loss option, and now, after much criticism and reproach from the Brazilian evangelical community, Peixoto is denouncing allegations that he is a "charlatan."
According to Peixoto, those who have received divine liposuction through prayer have been healed from diseases including gastritis, ulcers, bone disease, thyroid aliments and have been freed from addictions in addition to losing weight. He also argues that the practice is biblically based because he says the first "spiritual operation" occurred when God created Eve from Adam's rib.
"Many people think it is absurd but it's a gift I received. I've been called a charlatan, but I'm not, the power of God passes through me and things happen," said Peixoto, according to NoticiaCristiana.com. more >>
Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, a former Brazilian soccer player, was beheaded Tuesday. His wife, Geisa Silva, found the decapitated head of her husband in a rucksack on her doorstep early that morning after reporting his disappearance the night before.
Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos had retired from soccer and owned a health food store. The 35-year-old entrepreneur was closing up his shop Monday night when he was kidnapped by a group of men, according to the Daily Mail.
His 31-year-old wife reported him missing later on that around 9 p.m. When Silva Santos didn't return, Geisa Silva stayed up all night waiting for him until about 4:30 a.m., when she heard something outside. more >>