- Igreja Renascer em Cristo
The Igreja Renascer em Cristo is a church a
Neo-charismatic churchesdenomination, which was founded in São Pauloin 1986 by Estevam Hernandesand Sônia Hernandes. The church has over 20.000 members and more than 1,500 churches in Brazil and around the world.
The founding couple,
Estevam Hernandesand Sônia Hernandes, and their organization are under investigation due to money laundering, perjury, libel, exploitation of non-profit status, tax evasion and a number of other criminal actions. In January 2007, both founders were arrested in Miamiby the FBIfor failure to declare over $56,000 in cash that they brought into the US. The couple was sentenced to five months in prison.
In September 2007, prosecutor
Marcelo Mendroniannounced that he was investigating soccer star Kaká's relationship with the imprisoned founding couple. On January 3, 2008, Kakáannounced that his 2007 FIFA World Player of the Yeartrophy would be held for display by the church's main temple in São Paulo. On January 14, 2008, the church released a statement expressing its intent to sue prosecutor Marcelo Mendronifor "persecution" in relation to his attempts to question Kaká. Kakáhas allegedly made donations of 2 million reaisto the church.
[http://www.igospel.com.br Página oficial da Igreja Renascer]
* [http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/brasil/ult96u88451.shtml Folha Online - FBI arrests founders of Renascer.]
* [http://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/mat/2008/01/14/renascer_ameaca_processar_promotor_por_perseguicao_kaka-328010304.asp O Globo Online - Renascer threatens to sue prosecutor for persecution of Kaká.]
*pt icon [http://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/mat/2008/01/03/327861281.asp O Globo Online - Kaká gives FIFA trophy to church]
* [http://www.pbso.org/index.cfm?/36236E2D250215130035161D520F070B37523F371E40392C392E20013D0E0B33001818001A0231073F021E4037272013795E55505473552B46595E50625E525D4211641D3561231D0641112F101916541702214901041C4A6D70637F7E5D5155527F5D21/index.htm Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office booking sheet for Sônia Hernandes.]
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