The rise of “narco-pentecostalism” in Rio de Janeiro

Part of the leadership of the 'Terceiro Comando Puro' crime faction has converted to evangelical neo-pentecostal churches. Peixão, the crime boss of the Complexo de Israel group of favelas, refers to his soldiers as the Army of the Living God

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In both the Koran and the Hebrew Bible, Aaron is referred to as Moses' older brother and a prophet of Yahweh, the God of Israel. Born in 1396 B.C., his name in the Jewish language means "father of martyrs."

In Rio de Janeiro, in 2021, Arão is the nickname of Álvaro Malaquias Santa Rosa, 33, a drug dealer who commands the Complexo de Israel, a group of favelas that are home to more than 130,000 people in the northern zone of the state capital.

One of the main leaders of the criminal faction . . .

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