Angola proíbe igrejas evangélicas brasileiras de se instalarem no país
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Angola prohibits Brazilian evangelical churches to settle in the country
The government of Angola, Africa country, outlawed most Brazilian evangelical churches installed there.
According to the government, they practice “false advertising” and “take advantage of the weaknesses of the Angolan people”, besides not having state recognition.
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“What else is there here in Angola churches are of Brazilian origin, and this is a problem, they play to the weaknesses of the Angolan people and make false advertising,” said Leaf Rui Falcão, secretary of the political bureau of the MPLA (Popular Movement liberation of Angola) and spokesman of the party, in power since Angola’s independence in 1975.
About 15% of Angola’s population is evangelical, that slice has grown, according to the government.
On December 31 last year, 16 people died from suffocation and crushing during a service of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Luanda. The cult has gathered 150 000 people, well above the permitted capacity stadium in the Citadel.
The motto of the cult was “The End of the Day”, and the church urged the faithful to give “an end to all the problems that are in your life: disease, poverty, unemployment, witchcraft, jealousy, family problems, separation, debt. “
The government has opened an investigation. In February, Universal and other Brazilian evangelical churches in the country – Worldwide Power of God, and Renewed World Evangelical Pentecostal Church New Jerusalem – were closed.
On 31 March this year, the government lifted the ban on Universal, one recognized by the state.
But the church can only work with supervision of the Ministries of Interior, Culture, Human Rights and Attorney General’s Office. The other Brazilian churches still banned for “lack of official recognition of the Angolan State.” Before, they worked with provisional authorization.
The churches await an acknowledgment to return to work, but many may not receive it. “These churches will not get state recognition, especially those who are dissidents, and will continue prevented from operating in the country,” said Hawk. “They are just a business.”
According to Hawk, the strength of the Brazilian evangelical churches in Angola raises concern. “They are deceiving people, is a business, it is more than obvious, are selling miracles.”
Regarding Universal, the main concern is safety, said Hawk.