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Revista Brasileira de História

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FONSECA, André Dioney. Information, politics and faith: the journal Mensageiro da Paz in the context of redemocratization in Brazil (1980-1990). Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.68, pp.279-302. ISSN 1806-9347.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-01882014000200014.

The Assembleia de Deus (Assembly of God) experienced a lot of social pressure because of the changes that occurred in Brazil in the decade of 1980: new government, new constitution, new economic plans, new political movements and cultural events were some of the elements that directly or indirectly imposed new challenges to its church in the penultimate decade of the twentieth century. The Church, that until the 80's kept a posture of denial to the political issues, for thinking that kind of theme belonging strictly to the earthly plane, used a series of actions to defend its interests and points of view in a new situation. In that context, the journal Mensageiro da Paz had a central role as an instrument of propagation of the Church's messages. This paper seeks to examine the messages of this monthly publication through which the assemblies leadership expressed their dissatisfaction with the political direction of the Brazilian nation and articulated the inclusion of representatives of the Church in the main political spheres of the country.

Keywords : politics; religion; Mensageiro da Paz (journal).

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