In America, “thoughts and prayers” are often belittled. In Brazil, a call to “pray together” was lit up for all to see on the giant 118-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer as part of a stirring tribute to honor those around the world struggling to fight the Coronavirus.
According to TheBlaze, the Rio de Janeiro monument was shut down earlier this week in order to help with social distancing and slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
The statue was lit up with a slide show that began with a call for all to pray together, before going into a list of all the regions of the world.
Brazil had its first coronavirus related death Tuesday, this on the heels of President Jair Bolsonaro’s bizarre series of news reports initially claiming he had contracted the Coronavirus, news his own son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, relayed to Fox News. Eduardo then later lied, saying he never told Fox News his father had Coronavirus, even though Fox News produced communications proving otherwise.
President Bolsonaro does not have Coronavirus, and he has stirred controversy by calling strict measures of social distancing nothing more than “hysteria.”
Brazil currently has 533 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths related to the illness.