Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president

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A replica of the Temple of Solomon, built by the Brazilian evangelical "Universal Church of the Kingdom of God" in Sao PauloBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world’s largest Catholic nation. Marina Silva, an environmentalist running neck and neck in polls with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, is a Pentecostal Christian who often invokes God on the campaign trail and has said she sometimes consults the Bible for inspiration when making important political decisions. …

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