Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Brazil gestures during mass at the Saint Andrea at the Quirinale church in Rome March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR3ESZV



Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world, yet it has seen many changes in how believers practice their faith. Andrew Chesnut is Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a leading authority on Christianity in Brazil and Latin America. He says a charismatic form of Catholic renewal in Brazil has taken off and and is the future of global catholicism. And Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer, according to professor Chesnut, is a leading contender in the race to the papacy.

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