Visit to Brazil, 14 - 19 June 2011

A WCC delegation including general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega, WCC president for the Caribbean and Latin America, visited churches and organizations in Brasil. A highlight of the visit was the repatration of some 7,000 pages of archival documentation related to human rights abuses during the military dictatorship from 1964 - 1985. Read more about the visit and the delivery of the documents to the Brazilian attorney general.

On 19 June the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil welcomed the WCC general secretary and his delegation at its historic temple in downtown São Paulo for the Sunday service.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit preached about the text of Romans 14.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and delegation visiting the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch cathedral in São Paulo.

The WCC delegation visited a project of the Independent Prebyterian Church of Brazil in a slum of Osasco.

The Abya Yala project is promoted by the Independent Prebyterian Church of Brazil

It focusses on care and education for children living in poor neighborhoods of Osasco.

Apartments of the federal program of habitation called "Minha Casa, Minha Vida" are being built to receive people from slum nearby. The WCC delegation visited the construction site before meeting the people who will live there.

Due to constant assault and violence, some 200 homeless from downtown São Paulo decided to keep the original of their identity documents in the archives at the Lutheran Congregation in the region.

Archbishop of São Paulo dom Odilo Scherer (centre) receives a copy of WCC publication Keeping the Faith.

All pictures © WCC/Marcelo Schneider.
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