Brazil

1:34am

Mon July 22, 2013
Parallels

Brazil's Evangelicals A Growing Force In Prayer, Politics

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:32 pm

Evangelical Christians pray during the "March for Jesus" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Nelson Antoine AP

Pope Francis arrives Monday evening in Rio de Janeiro for a weeklong visit celebrating World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics have made the pilgrimage to see the Argentine-born pontiff, and he is expected to receive a rapturous welcome.

Still, Pope Francis's visit comes at a delicate time for the church in Brazil. Catholicism — the nation's main religion — is facing a huge challenge from evangelicals.

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9:37am

Sun July 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope's Visit To Brazil Seen As 'Triumphant Homecoming'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:25 pm

A Brazilian flag flies on Saturday near the podium which will receive Pope Francis on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Tama Getty Images

When Pope Francis arrives in Brazil on Monday, he'll begin a trip of firsts.

He's the first Latin American pope, and it will be his first trip abroad as pontiff. And he'll be visiting a country with more Catholics than any other.

Francis, who is gaining a reputation for his simple ways, is expected, The Miami Herald writes, to:

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2:27pm

Fri July 19, 2013
World Cafe

Vinicius Cantuária On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:59 pm

Vinicius Cantuária.
Courtesy of the artist

As part of this week's Sense of Place: Rio series, World Cafe revisits a 2004 session with Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária. At the time, he was in the midst of a string of highly praised albums, beginning with 1996's Sol Na Cara.

In this interview, Cantuária discusses his love of Tom Jobim, moving to New York City in 1994 and how he feels somehow "more Brazilian" here in the U.S.

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1:06pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Parallels

Brazil's Highflying VIPs Face Backlash Over Air Travel

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:57 pm

A helicopter carries VIPs to the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2010. Politicians taking expensive helicopters and government planes have generated controversy in Brazil.
Jefferson Bernardes AFP/Getty Images

Unlike New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who often takes the subway to work, some prominent politicians in Brazil have a far more impressive way of getting around: private helicopters and government planes.

Perhaps the most over-the-top example of the trend is that of Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral. A recent magazine expose showed that his commute to work is only about 6 miles.

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2:28pm

Thu July 18, 2013
World Cafe

Do Amor: A Rock Band In Rio

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:57 pm

Do Amor perform for World Cafe.
WXPN

The four members of Do Amor have been playing together since they were 15, when they first bonded over their love of cheap vinyl records. They recently released their second album, Piracema, even though they haven't had much time to play together; the band shares a rhythm section with Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso.

Listen to Do Amor's special performance for World Cafe, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro.

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