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Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, UCKD) is a Neo-Pentecostal church founded in Brazil, now encompassing a worldwide movement with more than 2,000 houses of worship in over 46 countries, reaching six million adherents in Brazil alone. The UCKD emphasizes prosperity theology and nets more than one billion US dollars in income each year. It is the fourth-largest evangelical church in Brazil and is Brazil's largest multinational organization. Founder Bishop Edir Macedo is also a banker and the owner of the country’s second-largest television network. He is the most controversial evangelical leader in the country, having been accused of corruption on multiple occasions; the Brazilian Evangelical Association, led by Presbyterian Caio Fábio D'Araújo Filho, has distanced itself from him. The UCKD was founded in 1977, and its headquarters are in São Paulo’s Temple of Solomon.

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