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El Shaddai (Philippines)
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El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Foundation International is arguably the largest Catholic Pentecostal mass-movement in Asia. Based in Manila, it claims to number more than eight million followers gathering in chapters all over the Philippines and more than 62 other countries worldwide. It arose from a nondenominational Christian radio program started by a businessman turned radio evangelist Mariano “Mike” Velarde in the early 1980s, who was initially perceived as evangelical, due to his message of health and wealth that resembled that of North American Prosperity Gospel preach…

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Maltese, Giovanni, “El Shaddai (Philippines)”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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