The Trapdoor on Christ’s Right Shoulder

Christ the Redeemer 1

I have just soaked up all the beauty and the mystery of "Arms Wide Open", a breathtaking on-line photo story from BBC News about Rio de Janeiro's famed statue of Christ the Redeemer.Words fail.  I can't do justice to the dramatic photography and the full backstory for Cristo Redentor, the iconic sculpture which overlooks Brazil's poor in the favelas, the rich in the luxury high-rise apartments, the homeless, the famous football stadiums and Guanabara bay with its scattered islands and boats. … [Read more...]

Before WYD, Brazil Ends “Happy Hooker” Campaign

Posters from the campaign for the International Day of Prostitutes feature the phrase "I am happy being a prostitute." Photo:  Brazilian Health Ministry

Just in time for next month’s World Youth Day gathering in Rio de Janeiro, the health minister of Brazil has ended the South American nation’s on-line “I am happy being a prostitute” campaign.  Some posters carried that message; others in the series teased, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.”In a country where prostitution is legal, the campaign was designed to promote condom use and reduce the stigma against sex workers.Health minister Alexandre Padilha told reporters that he d … [Read more...]


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