Brazil: Reaching Souls in a Stadium

The vast stadium is plunged into darkness. Suddenly its four corners ig nite in a frenzy of fireworks, then rockets burst overhead as an announcer shouts: "Attention, Belo Horizonte. Attention, Brazil. Attention, World. Cristo Total is on the Air!" What follows is a shocker of a religious pageant, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church.

Its recent performances in Belo Horizonte sold out the 16,000-seat America Soccer Club Stadium. Pontius Pilate wheels into field center in a white con ertible sports car with motorcycle escort. God is played by 42 girls robed in white. Throughout the spectacle, dancers writhe to twists, tangos,...

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