Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pope to Visit "Pentecostalized" Brazil

"The impact of the pentecostal movement in Brazil extends beyond its burgeoning demographic numbers. In fact, it's not far-fetched to say that Christianity in Brazil and other Latin American countries is well on its way to becoming "pentecostalized." Pentecostal beliefs and practices also are changing the way many of Brazil's remaining Catholics practice their faith. The Forum survey found, for example, that more than half of Brazilian Catholics have embraced important elements of spirit-filled or renewalist Christianity, including a highly animated worship style and such practices as speaking in tongues and divine healing. In short, pentecostalism no longer is something confined outside the Roman Catholic Church; it is now firmly within it in the form of various charismatic tendencies and movements."

Read the complete article on the Pew Charitable Trust site.