Diplomatic Passport For Religious Leader Revoked in Brazil

Judge saw use of the diplomatic passport by bishop as a threat to morality

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro has annulled the concession of diplomatic passports to evangelical bishop Edir Macedo, founder and leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and his wife.

Bishop Macedo and his wife were granted diplomatic passports by Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday.

On Tuesday afternoon, however, Rio de Janeiro federal judge Vigdor Teitel granted a request against the issuance of the

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