Padre Marcelo Rossi

OCCUPATION Singing and dancing priest, whose "aerobics of the Lord" services are topping Brazil's charts

ULTIMATE GOAL To inspire 40% of Brazilians to attend Mass by 2001

QUOTE "My job is to get the young back into the church."

Most priests won't turn supplicants away, but Brazil's Padre Marcelo Rossi, 31, must--or risk a riot. Second only to the Pope, the 6-ft. 4-in. priest is the greatest crowd gatherer in the Roman Catholic world. His appeal? After Mass, he sings and dances the Lord's praises in an electric whirlwind that he has termed, appropriately, "the aerobics of the Lord." While his...

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