In Brazil, Faith moves Mountains. OF MONEY!

In Brazil, Faith moves Mountains. OF MONEY!

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Well, you’ve heard it already from many American sources and skeptics including James Randi, Joe Nickell, David Gorski , Robert Todd Carroll etc etc. And you’ve seen the scathing investigative report that Australian TV 60 Minutes did last year. Now, read it from the horses mouth… Brazil. Folha de S. Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper reports on the huge sum of money Joao Teixeira de Faria both has and continues to make in his spiritual businesses.

From translated article in the Folha de S.Paulo, 23 de abril de 2012 written by Catia Seabra and Alan Marques

In Abadiânia, faith moves mountains. Of money. Attracted by the gift of the medium João Teixeira de Faria, the João de Deus, nearly 3,000 faithful visit weekly, Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola, in Goiás.

Today, John of God owns at least a farm of 597 acres … a property of this size is not worth less than R $ 2 million. The medium has the mining as a source of income.

Although the service is free, the Casa, founded in 1976, has a compounding pharmacy, bookstore, cafeteria and china shop blessed by the medium. To the [blessed] water is added value. A bottle costs $ 1. Energized, worth R $ 3.

The bulk of the money raised comes from selling passionflower bottles, natural soothing manufactured by the group. Arranged in a row in attendance in the [Casa], the consultants receive the medium [script], expressed in a scrawl, for consumption of three tablets daily …

[A] Bottle with 175 capsules costs $ 50. As the [average] is calculated over a thousand people a day, three times a week, revenue from the sale can reach $ 500,000 a month.

While providing the initials of John Teixeira Faria, the handling of Pharmacy JTF Ltda, which markets the drug is registered in the name of [his wife], Ana Keyla Teixeira, 33, and his driver Abadio da Cruz, 41.

The complex also offers seven -beds glass bath cubicles where patients undergo immersion light. The price charged is $ 20 per 20-minute session.

In Abadiânia, John of God is still owner of five apartments, rented, each, R $ 1,000 per month or R $ 90 per day… The accommodation is also source of income for his apostles. At least six volunteers of the [Casa]-including two translators, two in charge of the medium’s monitoring and responsible for screening [visitors]- are owners of nearby hotels. One of the coordinators still owns the taxi rank.

The daily cost on average R $ 90 per person in a shared apartment, accommodations modest. Already the cab ride from the house to Brasilia costs US $ 180.

Medium’s business, however, are not limited to Abadiania. In the 1990s, he became a member of a bingo in Goiás… Today, [he] is a partner of … a dental clinic. But [his] main parallel activity is gold mining.