Brazilian Evangelical Bishop Granted Diplomatic Passport

Diplomatic passports are usually only given to those representing the interest of the country abroad – diplomats, the president, or military on missions.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry (Itamaraty) has granted diplomatic passports to evangelical bishop Edir Macedo, founder and leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and his wife, according to the Official Registry. The authorization for the issuance of the diplomatic passports was signed by Minister Ernesto Araújo at the end of last week.

"This Ministry understands that, because they are leaders of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which benefits, among others, Brazilian communities in dozens of countries, the applicants carry on a continuing . . .

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