Stories: Presidential Election

  • In a Catholic Stronghold, Evangelicals Flexing Their Political Power

    Pastor Silas Malafaia, the megawatt televangelist and leader in Brazil's Pentecostal Assemblies of God church, did not get his preferred choice in the country's presidential election. He wanted Marina Silva, a fellow member of the Assemblies of God, to finish in the top two, sending the evangelical Christian into Sunday's runoff. She placed third, but that hasn'...

  • Barack Obama, Batman, and Elvis Presley All Lost Elections on Sunday

    Barack Obama was running for office in Brazil this weekend, but he lost. Also on the list of election losers Sunday: Mr. Bean, Batman, Elvis Presley, and Spiderman. The weird roster of candidate names comes from a collision of two Brazilian traditions: election laws that allow just about anyone to run, and a culture that embraces nicknames wholeheartedly. So...

  • Country of God

    Pastor Hadman Daniel stands on the altar in Novo Dia in Brasília, a church of the Assembly of God, the most popular denomination among Brazil's 42 million evangelical Christians. In the pews, about 3,000 people chant and sing as the pastor invokes them to spread the gospel "to the ends of the Earth, from the Amazon to the...