Brazil

Fearing Evangelical drug lord, four parishes suspend activities in Rio de Janeiro

(Crux. Eduardo Campos Lima).

 After a series of rumors about an alleged order from a powerful drug lord to shut down Catholic churches in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro, at least four parishes announced the suspension of all their activities between July 5-7.

According to the news website G1, local residents said armed men on motorcycles passed by St. Hedwig and St. Cecilia parishes in Brás de Pina, and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St. Justin in Parada de Lucas and ordered the immediate suspension of all celebrations.