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Catholicism in Brazil

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Pilgrimage Padre Cicero Juazeiro do Norte RLCA0401.jpg
Pilgrimage to Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara State - catholic pilgrims from all over northeastern Brazil pray and venerate  Padre Cicero at church Matriz de Nossa Senhora das Dores – he is considered to be the patron saint of the city and a pilgrimage takes place in his honour every November, attracting hundreds of thousands of followers. Father Cicero Romao Batista, known as Padre Cícero (Crato, March 24, 1844 - Juazeiro do Norte, July 20, 1934), was a Brazilian Roman catholic charismatic priest and politician who became a spiritual leader to the people of Northeastern Brazil. In the course of his ministry, he was accused of heresy by Church officials, eventually becoming suspended but not formally excommunicated. Batista has been declared a saint by the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church and was listed in the Top 100 Greatest Brazilians of All Time in July 2012. Reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church happened in December 2015.