RELIGION

What Happened When The Olympic Committee Failed To Include Brazil's African Faiths

The International Olympic Committee had chosen only five “official” religions for an interfaith center.

When Mother Fatima Damas discovered her African-Brazilian religious beliefs would not be represented in the interfaith rooms of the Olympic Village, she was so incensed she launched a campaign to overturn the controversial exclusion.

“We may not have millions of followers but our faith matters here in our country, and this showed a lack of respect,” said Damas, president of Brazil’s Umbanda Spiritualist Congregation.

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