Spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, centre, arrives to the Dom Inacio Loyola House in Abadiania, Brazil, on Wednesday. Photo: Agencia Brasil via AP
Spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, centre, arrives to the Dom Inacio Loyola House in Abadiania, Brazil, on Wednesday. Photo: Agencia Brasil via AP
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Brazilian spiritual healer ‘John of God’, accused of sexually assaulting 450 women, proclaims innocence to tearful devotees

  • Police are investigating hundreds of complaints about Joao Teixeira de Faria, 76, by women who say he forced them into sex acts under the pretext of curing them
  • His supporters believe Faria uses supernatural powers to treat illnesses ranging from depression to cancer.

Spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, centre, arrives to the Dom Inacio Loyola House in Abadiania, Brazil, on Wednesday. Photo: Agencia Brasil via AP
Spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, centre, arrives to the Dom Inacio Loyola House in Abadiania, Brazil, on Wednesday. Photo: Agencia Brasil via AP
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