Brazil’s pop priest pulls ’em in

Posted: November 10, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.

A crowd attends a Mass led by Catholic priest Marcelo Rossi at the Mother of God sanctuary in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rossi, a Latin Grammy-nominated Christian music singer, inaugurated the massive new Roman Catholic church on Nov. 2. It will hold about 20,000 worshippers when complete.

Brazil’s “popstar priest” is already packing in the crowds at the newly opened mammoth sanctuary that he built for his campaign to stem the exodus of faithful from the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America’s largest nation.

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Religion, Pages 12 on 11/10/2012