Church Collapses Kills 9

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Authorities picked through a latticework of bent steel yesterday after the roof at one of Brazil's largest evangelical churches collapsed between services on Sunday, killing nine people.

More than 100 people were injured, but the toll could have been much worse because the roof caved in less than an hour after a service at the Reborn in Christ church attracted thousands of young worshippers. And it happened just minutes before another service
for adults.

People living near the church said they heard a huge crash that came without warning, sending a cloud of dust throughout the densely populated neighborhood of Sao Paulo, South America's largest city.

Reborn in Christ claims 2 million members worldwide.

The church has some 1,200 temples in Brazil, the United States,
Argentina and Italy. The Sao Paulo church is its headquarters, and
the church's annual "March for Jesus" rally draws millions.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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