About the reported resurrections in Teresópolis (part 2 of 2)

The fake newspaper front page.

The following newspaper cover (sent as a PDF attachment to the email) was given as proof of the resurrections:


Although the top half of the image is genuine, the article purporting to confirm the resurrection has obviously been inexpertly printed and added to the image. The full-width column, double line spacing just doesn't look like any Brazilian newspaper that I have ever seen! If expanded to full size, the letters in the supposed ""article"" would be larger than the type font used in paragraphs in the top of the page.

Here is a genuine front page from the Diario de Tereópolis for comparison:


On the 24th, a Teresópolis blog badarts.blogspot.com published a picture of the true image for this newspaper edition (which was actually from Monday the 17th of January) alongside the fraudulent one, under the title of "The piggish manipulation of the newspaper O Diário de Teresópolis":


Update 28/1: I have now been asked by the author of the upsidedownbethlehem blog to remove the note from Claudia that was posted on that blog in an attempt to explain why the fake newspaper page was accepted and passed on by the team, so I have now removed it as requested.

I don't want to speculate about who may have fabricated the fake front page, however two points are self-evident:

1. The Portuguese version appears to be a slightly "tidied" version of a Google (or similar) translation from the English source, which explains the problems with Portuguese and grammar.

2. Anyone with access to the internet could have downloaded the front page of the Diário from their site www.odiariodeteresopolis.com.br on Monday the 17th of January.

The text of the supposed article itself also clearly identifies it as being fake.

CALEME,  TERESOPOLIS, Brazil - People of the barrio of Caleme has witnessed Saturday 5  dead bodies raised from the dead in the street. Another 10 bodies from the  morgue have been raised to life. 1 woman who drowned and was dead  was also raised back to life. The people in Caleme reported that 5 American men  went near the 5 bodies and yelled "Rise and live in the name of Jesus". The dead  bodies started to shake and stood up and walked and are alive. At the nearby  morgue, there were 10 dead bodies in the hallway. People said that 5 foreign  women went near the bodies and said "Rise and live in the name of Jesus". The  dead bodies shook and stood up shaking and walking and were alive. People were  screaming, yelling. Riot at the barrio of Caleme. These 5 dead  bodies in the street of Caleme have been dead since Wednesday January 12. The 10  dead bodies in the morgue have been left in the hallway since Wednesday. People  have talked to the dead risen. They were still weak but were able to talk and  said "I was in a dark place many people crying, shouting. Was I asleep? Now I am  alive!" "I know I was dead. I was in a dark ugly place. I do not know what  happened but I am back to life. God is alive. The families of these dead are  celebrating and happy. There has been hope in Caleme since Saturday.

The first thing that stood out to me about this article was the by-line "Caleme, Teresópolis, Brazil". Brazilian papers don't include this information on locally sourced articles, in fact why would the Diário de Teresópolis include the name of it's own city and country in a local paper?

Something else that was evident to me right away was the fact that no names were cited. Brazilian news reports always cite names (unless legally prevented from doing so) and it is unimaginable that someone could be quoted in an article like this without being identified. When the Brazilian media is legally unable to identify someone, such as in the case of minors, the initials of each name are used instead, usually accompanied by their age.

Another fact that drew my attention was the mention of "Americans" and "foreigners" as being the team members. Brazilians are fiercely nationalistic, and, in my opinion, it would be most unusual for a local paper to specific make mention of the fact that that the team members were foreigners. Were there no Brazilians in the team to act as guides or interpreters?

The language used is also obviously another point to ponder about. The article says that the men shouted "Levante-se e viver (sic) em nome de Jesus". Did the team speak Portuguese or had someone translated for them?

Overall, the quality of the text makes me think that it wasn't written by a professional reporter. What I presume to be a heading "Motim no bairro de Caleme" (Riot at the barrio (sic) of Caleme) is in the middle of the paragraph without any formatting before or after it. In fact the text of the article itself contains no paragraph divisions or even right column justification.

Finally, the phrase "there has been hope in Caleme since Saturday" sounds, to me, very empty and hollow. Even if sixteen people were resurrected, the city of Teresópolis has lost at least 344 lives in this tragedy, with a total of 840 confirmed dead and over 500 missing in the Região Serrana as I write this.

Today (the 26th) I telephoned the Diário de Teresópolis newspaper, and the lady who attended me confirmed that they had heard about the fraud, and confirmed the story as being untrue. She seemed relieved when I told her that I would do my best to ensure that the truth be revealed, and I suspect that she was a Christian because she commented to me that "only Christ can resurrect".

I wish that the people who knowing invented this lie (and we know at least that the newspaper front page was a lie)  - and those who inadvertently perpetuated it - could see the suffering of the people of Teresópolis and the Região Serrana - many of whom are brothers and sisters in Christ - and come to their aid instead of causing them even more grief and pain.

I also wonder why having left messages on both the upsidedownbethlem blog and the Healing Herald's Facebook page offering to travel to Teresópolis to interview team members or witnesses, if they provided contact information, I have not received any replies. In fact, my message on the Healing Herald's page was deleted without comment, and when I replied asking why, they replied saying they were still investigating, before deleting that comment too! The upsidedownbethlemblog author has also said that they will be "closing comments on this post for now because it seems to be adding confusion to confusion".

There is much more that could be written but I need to prepare to go  back to Nova Friburgo in a day or two, and will leave this topic now.

Anyway, time to get on with other things now...


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