Thursday, June 08, 2006

The favorite: Brazil

Not gonna put much effort into this one (but I'll let you in on a secret. I never really put much effort into these things).

First the Soccer.
This is the best oddest looking player in the world. His name is Ronaldinho, and he is insane...ly good at soccer. Do yourself a favor and watch him play.

Other than that, there are only really two things you need to know about Brazil: 1)They will win it all. 2)They will look good doing it.

Now on to the faith...
Rio De Janeiro is probably one of the nicest looking cities in the world. I've always loved this statue of Christ on the hill, even before I was really practicing the faith.

Brazil has the most Catholics of any country, at 134,818,000, 86.5% of its population. Recently, however, evangelicals have begun to set up shop in Brazil, and have had quite a bit of success. Here is an article about it. And here is another one. (please note, I haven't read these articles, and they seem to be from an evangelical perspective)

A few years ago, a protestant pastor down in Brazil angered Catholics because he kicked (an broke) a statue of Our Lady. Here is an article about that whole deal. I always wonder why evangelicals of this mindset (not all evangelicals, by any means) have to evangelize by going into Catholic Countries and knocking down what has been built by other christians. You don't hear of evangelical success in places where people don't know Christ already. The Catholic evangelists to the new world had success, but many of them died (were martyred) in the process of bringing Christ to these areas. And how do the evangelicals repay us for laying the foundation for their converts? They Kick an image of our model disciple and call us liars. Rad.

Anyways, it seems like the Church in Brazil, although its much bigger than the church in the US, has a lot of the same issues as the church in the US. Check outthis letter from JPII to the Brazilian Bishops on their ad limina visit and you'll see what I mean.

Until next time, feast your eyes on this Ronaldinho commercial:

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