After listening to a brief presentation about Christ the King and its partner projects, Compass Rose members walked through the streets of Cidade de Deus, and got an eyewitness experience of the neighborhood the parish church tries to serve.

Cidade de Deus (City of God, in Portuguese) was built in the 1960s to provide a new start for the city’s poor. However, it became a notorious haven for drug trafficking and gun crime. Fernando Meirelles’ award-winning film in 2002 brought the world’s attention to the neighborhood, and the violence between rival drugs gangs, and fights between gangs and the police which left many dead.

Since the arrival of the Police peace keeping unit in 2009, Cidade de Deus has been experiencing a rebirth. Each month new services and facilities are inaugurated. However, there is still much to be done in this neighborhood that was neglected by the local government for so many years. The Anglican Church, through the Parish of Christ the King, has been working to promote real change for the residents of Cidade de Deus .

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Luiz Coelho

Communications WG Member

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