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October 14, 1991 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scorching blast at evangelical Protestant "sects," Pope John Paul II accused them Sunday of seducing with "false mirages" and misleading with "distorted simplifications." He exhorted Brazilian bishops to stem the rapid expansion of rival religions in this traditionally Roman Catholic nation of 150 million people by leading a counter-campaign of Catholic evangelization.
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March 9, 1998 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1995. Fearing the impact of the impending Chinese takeover, Bruce Steivel stepped down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Soon thereafter, he found himself in another potentially prickly situation--signing on with the Universal Ballet, a South Korea-based dance troupe financed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church. Steivel was well aware of the questions that had been raised about the decade-old company.
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March 9, 1998 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1995. Fearing the impact of the impending Chinese takeover, Bruce Steivel stepped down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Soon thereafter, he found himself in another potentially prickly situation--signing on with the Universal Ballet, a South Korea-based dance troupe financed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church. Steivel was well aware of the questions that had been raised about the decade-old company.
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October 14, 1991 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scorching blast at evangelical Protestant "sects," Pope John Paul II accused them Sunday of seducing with "false mirages" and misleading with "distorted simplifications." He exhorted Brazilian bishops to stem the rapid expansion of rival religions in this traditionally Roman Catholic nation of 150 million people by leading a counter-campaign of Catholic evangelization.
WORLD
August 12, 2009 | Associated Press
The founder of one of Brazil's biggest evangelical churches siphoned off billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself, authorities charged Tuesday. A Brazilian judge accepted the charges from prosecutors alleging that Bishop Edir Macedo and nine other people linked to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God committed fraud against the church and against its numerous followers. The Sao Paulo state prosecutor's office alleged in a statement that Macedo and the others took more than $2 billion in donations from 2003 to 2008 alone, but charged that the alleged scheme went back 10 years.
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September 23, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A greedy, corrupt and lascivious preacher in a popular miniseries on Brazilian television bears a strong resemblance to Bishop Edir Macedo, the country's most famous evangelist. Macedo's followers are furious. The miniseries has been airing weeknights on TV Globo, the network that dominates Brazilian television. Now, a smaller network, owned by Macedo's Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, is on the counterattack.
MAGAZINE
October 22, 2006 | Rick Wartzman
At urbandictionary.com, a Web-based lexicon of the slangy and snarky, you can find multiple listings for California. One of them defines the state, in part, like this: "No morals among these godless people." Holy moly! Just how godless are we? Statistically speaking, the answer appears to be a fair bit, at least as compared with the rest of the country. Beyond the raw numbers, though, the picture gets more complicated--and intriguing.
WORLD
April 15, 2005 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Latecomers have to hunt for a seat at the First Baptist Church of Copacabana. By 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the pews are full, the drummers and guitarists warmed up, and the faithful are ready to meet God. "Thanks be to your name," the pastor prays earnestly, his brow furrowed. "Be among us." A chorus of amens bursts from the congregation. Some members have their hands raised.
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January 2, 2005 | Michael Astor, Associated Press Writer
Beyond the storefront churches and sidewalk bars on Rio's gritty north side, where the asphalt ends and dirt roads begin, Brazil gives way to Africa. The sound of atabaques, or African drums, rises in the night air from a squat brick house, and a full-throated tenor sings incantations in the ancient Yoruba tongue of Nigeria.
WORLD
October 21, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
SAO PAULO, Brazil - As euphoric rock music played, dozens of men in suits swarmed the aisles with hand-held credit card machines to take donations from the faithful. The pastor smiled at the crowd in the downtown headquarters of the mega-church and, as cameras rolled, belted out: "We all voted already, right? Who voted today?" In the spotlight, he made no mention of whom he hoped his flock had cast ballots for. But for most in the crowd, and those watching the election for the mayor of Latin America's largest city, it was clear which candidate Brazil's increasingly influential evangelical churches were throwing their weight behind.
WORLD
March 18, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
It was Saturday night and the cool crowd in the upscale Moema neighborhood was stepping out -- to church. "We are not square," a self-proclaimed reformed addict and former biker turned preacher said amid a blur of strobe and laser lights, "because Jesus is not square!" Welcome to the Reborn in Christ Church, the hippest of Brazil's booming "neo-Pentecostal" denominations, which fuse faith and sales in a high-pressure pitch at churches, over the airwaves and on the Internet.
WORLD
June 7, 2004 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Most of the books on Adelor Vieira's desk are what you'd expect for a congressman busy with the machinery of state: a copy of the civil code, a handy reference guide to laws on local governance. But tucked to one side, within easy reach, lies the book that, for Vieira, trumps all the others: the Bible. Everything necessary for moral conduct is contained in the pages between Genesis and Revelation, Vieira believes.
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