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Macedo, Edir
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Edir Macedo Bezerra is the presiding bishop of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God; UCKG) and the CEO of the Universal Holding Companies.

When he was 32 years old, Macedo’s father left his poor home in northeast Brazil, looking for a better life in the more prosperous south, where he met his wife, Eugênia Macedo Bezerra. Living in a small rural town, Macedo’s parents were nominal Catholics with some Spiritualist incursions before they moved to Rio de Janeiro. Some years later, Macedo joined the New…

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Ayres Mattos, Paulo, “Macedo, Edir”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20210810

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