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Famous Brazilian priest dips his hand into a millionaire collection plate

Popstar priest Robson Oliveira is in hot water over allegations his NGO embezzled millions from donations given by churchgoers

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The controversial basilica

In the world’s largest Catholic country, with around 125 million adherents, Brazil is home to the bizarre phenomenon of the “celebrity priest.” With millions of followers on social media, these famous fathers fill out churches for services that are broadcast live over a wide range of platforms, selling millions of CDs and books, and being featured on primetime television. They also enjoy significant political prestige in a nation where the Catholic Church has always had broad influence over all sectors of society, to the point that their words can be decisive in debates such as the legalization of...

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