João Teixeira de Faria

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João Teixeira de Faria
João de Deus - John of God - Joao Teixeira de Faria 2006.jpg
Born (1942-06-24) June 24, 1942 (age 78)
Cachoeira de Goiás
NationalityBrazilian
Other namesJoão de Deus (John of God)
João Teixeira de Faria
Criminal chargeRape, sexual misconduct, illegal possession of firearms
Penalty19 years in prision

João Teixeira de Faria (born June 24, 1942), known also as João de Deus (John of God), is a Brazilian medium , "psychic surgeon" and convicted sex offender.[1][2] His business is set in Abadiânia, Brazil, where he runs the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, a "spiritual healing center".

He has had media coverage on CNN, ABC News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. James Randi and Joe Nickell had criticized him for his healing procedures as "nothing more than carnival tricks"[3][4] and there is no evidence that the benefits of patients are placebo effects.[5]

In 2018, after over 600 people accused him of sexual abuse, he turned himself in to police. In December 2019 he was sentenced to 19 years and four months for the rapes of four different women. On January 20, 2020, Faria was sentenced to another 40 years in prison for rape against 5 women.[6] The sentences add up to 63 years and 4 months.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Controversial Brazilian spiritual healer 'John of God' set to visit Sydney next month". www.9news.com.au.
  2. Elliott, Tim (October 3, 2014). "John of God: Miracle worker or charlatan?". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. "From the Archives: Randi's inside scoop into ABC News' 'John of God' investigation (2005)". James Randi Educational Foundation. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. Nickell, Joe (October 2007). "'John of God': Healings by Entities?". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. Nogueira, Felipe (2019). "The not so divine actions of medium "John of God"". Skeptical Inquirer. 43 (4): 11–13.
  6. https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2020/01/joao-de-deus-e-condenado-a-40-anos-de-prisao-em-regime-fechado.shtml
  7. https://g1.globo.com/go/goias/noticia/2020/01/20/justica-condena-joao-de-deus-a-40-anos-de-prisao-por-crimes-sexuais.ghtml