[…swindles and shady methods, Julian Sanchez tells us this story..] Founded on July 9, 1977, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, criticized by many and praised by others, provokes controversy in the questioning of their practices. There are those who say the ministers take advantage of crisis situations to attract desperate people and consolidate their evangelical empire in Latin America, and that they have made the church into a big business. Those who defend it, maintain that talking about the Universal Church is the same as describing a miracle. In a special report that will be published this Monday in the group of daily American newspapers, including ‘El universal,’ it is noted that the Church has not encountered many difficulties in their expansion efforts… despite allegations, such as money laundering and making false declarations. The strategy used by the Universal Church for getting close to their parishioners… is a strategy that has nothing to do with getting close to their parishioners. They succeed as providers of religious services. Exorcisms are an example of this. What we increasingly call: the Miracle Express strategy. A person comes to them and tells them that they’re having problems… They quickly diagnose them…they do a speedy exorcism and then comes a form of emotional blackmail… where they tell them: “In order for this to be permanent, you must come seven times and repeat the amount of money you have given in order to keep it permanent… or else the devil will come over you again.” In mexico, the church is facing legal action for not registering 35 of its ministers. Experts like Elio Masferrer, question the theological basis of the church’s ministers and believe profits are foremost. The success of the Universal Church is due, I believe, to the notion of selling a product quickly and with good marketing. IS IT A BUSINESS? These people are not part of a grand theological formation… Instead, in many cases, these are expert sales people MINISTERS TAKE PART IN DECEIT? A salesperson has to sell, right? and we know that a professional salesperson can resort to many practices or to half truths… and then the people acquire the product and it’s ok to bother them. For ‘Codigo 2009,’ Julian Sanchez, El Universal. Well, there it is. This is a church you have probably seen or heard of. They promote themselves heavily in the media… and well, there are frauds behind this subject, Stella, that is not new, playing with people’s faith, this is not new… but here they truly reach a level that is surprising. And very powerful on a continental level right? That’s how religious ideologies are and well, here are all the elements for everyone to draw their own conclusions and affiliate themselves if they want with any church to stop their suffering. Yes, of course. They profit a lot with that–with the problems of people, with stress, with city problems… They began in Brazil and have, as you say, expanded to the the entire continent. And speaking of this, you can read detailes about the church and about its growth in tomorrow’s Monday edition of ‘El universal’ newspaper.