Brazil presidential candidates woo religious leaders

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Source: Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s presidential candidates wooed church leaders Wednesday ahead of a runoff in this deeply religious country with sizable Catholic and evangelical populations.

Leading far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro met with the Catholic archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, while his rival, leftist Fernando Haddad, spoke with evangelical and other Christian leaders.

With some 123 million members, Brazil is home to the world’s largest number of Catholics — and both candidates are Catholic. But evangelicals are increasing and now total 42 million.

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