In Brazil, the Jair Bolsonaro seduction operation with Catholics - Journal La Croix

Jair Bolsonaro, president-elect of Brazil, who will take office on January 1, 2019, visited the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida on Friday, November 30th.

Backed by a large portion of Brazilian evangelicals, the president-elect, Sunday 28 October, Jair Bolsonaro also tries to send messages to the many Catholics in the country. Who will be officially invested on 1st On January 30th, the famous Marian shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, in the state of São Paulo, was thus held on January 30th.

A nod to the Catholics in Aparecida

The Brazilian right-wing president, accompanied by several members of his future government, was received by the archbishop Orlando Brandes, archbishop of Aparecida, and by the faithful present, with whom he prayed for a few moments at the foot of the statue. Virgin "Queen and Patron of Brazil". Jair Bolsonaro, who has chosen "Brazil above all, God above all" as the slogan of his presidential campaign, has seized the opportunity to reaffirm his faith and his program on moral and religious issues.

"The evangelical churches put their forces at the disposal of Jair Bolsonaro"

"The Brazilian people are largely Catholic and must be respected, assured him that he presented himself as a Catholic even though he was baptized by an evangelical pastor in the waters of the Jordan in 2016. We talk a lot about the secular state, but we are Christians. This must be taken into consideration. Respect for religion will be present in our government. "

The visit of the Brazilian president-elect arrives in a context of division that is sometimes very virulent, especially on social networks, between Catholics, supporters or critics of Jair Bolsonaro.

To accentuate the weight of his visit, the former army captain, nostalgic for the military dictatorship, went to Cachoeira Paulista in the wake to meet the Charismatic Renewal community Canção Nova ("new song", in French) .

Brazil, conservative theologian at the head of the Ministry of Education

Intervention in front of a community of charismatic renewal

This community of priests and laity, born in 1978, is particularly active in evangelization. In Brazil, it has a television channel and a radio station. In front of Canção Nova, Jair Bolsonaro, stabbed during the presidential campaign, thanked God and asked for support and prayer from the community. Bishop Jonas Abib, founder of Canção Nova, who blessed the next president, also assured that it was God who chose him to transform Brazil.

When questioned on the Canção Nova channel, the president-elect reiterated his positions. "People have sent a message," he said. They want family, respect and not ideology of the kind … They do not want all this progressivism to be preached outside. "

Arnaud Bevilacqua

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