Evangelicals petition constitution committee

Evangelicals joined Catholics, Jews, and Muslims petitioning legislators to include the protection of the free exercise of religion in Chile’s new constitution, which will replace the constitution established under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. In the fall presidential election, evangelicals mostly supported conservative José Antonio Kast, an opponent of the proposed constitution. The winner of the election, former student protest leader Gabriel Boric, reached out to evangelicals during the campaign—but not always successfully. He was widely mocked for telling one interviewer he had been turning to the Bible for wisdom, reading “the Gospel of St. Paul.”

Evangelical appointed to Supreme Court

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered on a promise to appoint a “terribly evangelical” justice to the Supreme Court. André Mendonça, formerly an attorney general, was approved by a 47–32 senate vote after testifying for nine hours. Describing himself as “genuinely evangelical,” Mendonça assured legislators he would follow the constitution. “The constitution is and must be the foundation to any decision by a supreme court justice,” he said. “As to myself, I say: in my life, the Bible, and at the supreme court, the constitution.” Mendonça can sit on the court for 33 years.

Missionary hostages free

Seventeen Anabaptist missionaries returned safely to the US after months of prayer and international negotiation with Haitian kidnappers. The group, which included five children, was taken hostage in October. The gang demanded $1 million each in ransom. Two were released in November ...

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