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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America$
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Edward L. Cleary

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036083

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036083.001.0001

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Brazil: Superstar and Competition with Pentecostals

Brazil: Superstar and Competition with Pentecostals

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(p.132) 5 Brazil: Superstar and Competition with Pentecostals
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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America
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Edward L. Cleary

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036083.003.0006

When Father Marcelo Rossi became a recognized superstar in Brazilian public life, his various publics were invested in him with many different interests and issues. That a Catholic priest could sing well enough to gain popular attention is little more than a trivial celebrity fact, that he would want to sing and dance before hundreds of thousands of participants in Catholic Mass is a mystery that is delved into in this chapter. Without question, Father Marcelo possessed superstar status both among people in the pews and in the wide and vibrant world of Brazilian popular culture. At the end of 2007, he gathered 35 singing performers for an all-day event billed as a Missa/show to be staged at a motor racetrack. In the end, Frei Betto said that Padre Marcelo accomplished what liberation theology could not do: capture the attention of society for Christianity.

Keywords:   Father Marcelo Rossi, superstar, Brazilian public life, Catholic priest, Frei Betto, Padre Marcelo

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