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Honors Project - Open Access


This project examines the Brazilian Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and its ambivalent relationship with power. The CCR movement is visible and well-known in Brazil and has connections with Brazilian pop culture, liberation theology groups, and Pentecostalism. Despite this popular presence, it remains excluded from formal avenues of Catholic power like Church meetings and institutional representation. Around 27% of Brazilian Catholics identify as Charismatics, but 56% of Brazilian Catholic churchgoers report occasionally seeing Charismatic practices in church, which speaks to the way that, as I argue, the CCR is bringing about changes in what is considered mainstream or acceptable Catholic expression in Brazil.

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