After a two-hour flight from Toronto to Atlanta, followed by a nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Brasilia – the capital city of Brazil – Angela and I continued by taxi for 90 minutes to the small town of Abadiania.
This is Third World existence. Roosters and chickens wander the streets, stray dogs sleep during the hottest times of the day and buildings are hidden behind concrete walls and iron gates. But that doesn’t matter. We have come here to see John of God, also known as João de Deus.
He is a medium and psychic surgeon and he runs the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola ("The Casa"), a spiritual healing centre where he sees thousands of visitors each week from all over the world. The numbers are even more astounding when you consider that he only serves at The Casa three days a (more…)