Marcelo Mendonça Rossi (born 20 May 1967) is a Brazilian Catholic priest widely known and popular in the country for his novel approaches to ministering to the faithful. He is also a writer and a singer, and uses music intensely in his Masses, has recorded several music CDs, is a host to several radio and TV programs in many stations, has appeared as an actor in two movies with religious themes. All of them have been big hits in the media, but Father Rossi donates all the proceedings to Catholic charities and to his own parish.
Marcelo Mendonça Rossi
20 May 1967 (age 52)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
|School||Catholic Charismatic Renewal|
|Based in||Santuário do Terço Bizantino|
|Ordination||1 December 1994|
Father Rossi is based in São Paulo city where he was born into a Roman Catholic middle-class family and was raised in the neighborhood of Santana together with his two sisters Monica and Marta. His father, Antonio Rossi, worked as a bank manager for many years while his mother, Wilma, took care of the household. At the age 16 he made the decision of not attending church services any longer and six years later graduated in Physical Education at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Around that time he lost one of his cousins in a car accident and his aunt was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. These two family misfortunes filled him with pain and suffering, and led him to seek God by returning to Church and enrolling in the prayer groups of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Marcelo began to take part in parish activities and a year later, inspired by a TV miniseries on the life of Pope John Paul II, decided to devote himself to priesthood. He completed two university degrees: Philosophy at the Universidade Nossa Senhora da Assunção, and Theology at the Faculdade Salesiana de Lorena. On 1 December 1994 he was ordained to the priesthood.
As a priest, Father Marcelo Rossi became a phenomenon of the mass media culture in the late 1990s. He began an intensive and enthusiastic work of preaching the Gospel, winning over the faithful who attended his Masses in the Parish of Perpétuo Socorro e Santa Rosalia, in Santo Amaro, São Paulo. As a result of the rapidly increasing turnout at his Masses, the celebrations were carried out in larger and larger spaces until he came to use the Avenue of the United Nations in São Paulo and even football stadiums like Maracanã and the Morumbi, as "headquarters" of his Masses on days of preaching and praying.
Rossi has become by far the biggest Christian artistic phenomenon in Latin America with over 11 million albums sold throughout his entire career. He is widely well known for his choreographies of Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement, and the publication of works (CDs, DVDs, film and television). By dint of singing, dancing and doing choreographies in crowded liturgies and TV shows, Father Marcelo Rossi aims to bring people together to Christ's message and the Church's teaching in an original yet modern and light way. He has recorded nine albums since 1998, regularly appears on TV shows, has his radio program with more than 100,000 listeners across the country and his church services out in the open attract thousands of faithful believers. In 1998 he decided to break into the music market and recorded several songs live on a CD entitled "Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor" (and the Spanish version "Canciones para alabar al Señor"). In 1999 he released his second CD "Um presente para Jesus", and in 2000, "Canções para um Novo Milênio".
In 2001, he launched the album Paz by Universal Music, which became the eighth best selling album of that year and won him a nomination for a Latin Grammy in 2002, year in which he released an album entitled Anjos by Sony Music. It turned out to be the fourteenth biggest-selling album of that year.
On 31 March 2002, during the celebration of Easter, Father Marcelo Rossi was appointed as Rector of the Santuário do Terço Bizantino in Jurubatuba – Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo state.
The year 2006 was marked by the release of the album Minha Benção by Sony BMG. It was the biggest selling album of that year, getting diamond certification and triple platinum. The album Minha Benção was also the biggest selling album of 2007, and in the same year the album Momento de Fé para uma Vida Melhor was released which was the twelfth best selling album of that year. In 2008, two were the albums that reached positions among the top sellers, which called themselves, Paz Sim, Violência Não – Volume 1 and Paz Sim, Violência Não – Volume 2, reaching the second and sixth positions among the top sellers that year; volume 1 was certified in 2008 as double platinum in 2009 was certified as triple platinum. In the same year the DVD Paz Sim – Violência Não (Volume 1) was the best-selling, according to the ABPD and received double platinum certification.
On 21 October 2010 Father Marcelo Rossi received from the hands of Pope Benedict XVI the "Cardinal Van Thuan Prize – Solidarity and Development 2010" – in recognition for his dedication to Catholicism as modern evangelizer. In October 2011 he opened in the outskirts of South São Paulo an ecclesiastical center that harbours the largest Catholic church in Latin America. It can welcome up to 100,000 people, 25,000 within the church with cantilever roof and 75,000 outside on an area of 30 hectares.
Father Marcelo Rossi currently performs live at 6 am every Sunday Mass in Your Home broadcast by Rede Globo television, and at 09:00 am the Mass is shown again on the website www.padremarcelorossi.com.br. He also takes part in the Life Network every Saturday at 15 hours Mass Sanctuary Mother of God, which also features the Byzantine Rosary program. On Radio Globo from 9 to 10 hours from Monday to Saturday he conducts Faith Moment Program – considered by many journalists as an audience phenomenon of modern radio, with more than 3 million listeners / minute across the country. He suffered an unfortunate accident while exercising on a treadmill and was forced to conduct the celebration of 9 May on the banks of the Guarapiranga Reservoir, São Paulo, in a wheelchair. Throughout his convalescence he drew inspiration for writing his recent books: "Agape" and "Kairos" which sold more than 10 million and 2 million copies respectively, reaching record sales in Editora Globo's history and currently Rossi is in first place in the ranking of best-selling books in Brazil, according to Veja magazine. surpassing the "Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown and all the books of the saga "Twilight". All proceeds from the book are donated to the construction of the Santuário da Mãe de Deus Theotokos. He preaches at the Santuário do Terço Bizantino to huge and enthusiastic crowds, and has promoted the use of the so-called Byzantine rosary for praying. In 2003, one of his Masses, celebrated at soccer stadium, was held for the fourteen NASA astronauts who lost their lives in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 17 years earlier on 28 January 1986 and the more recent Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and had more than 70,000 attendees.
Opposition of traditional Roman Catholics
Father Marcelo Rossi is hugely popular among Catholic charismatics and has played a significant role across the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement in the Brazilian Catholic Church which happens to have the largest number of faithful believers in the world, although a significant number of followers have been lost to the protestant evangelical churches over the last decades.
In 1997 he met with the Pope John Paul II and conversed about the need to find a way of reversing the loss of membership in the Catholic Church. By adopting some of the charismatic features of these churches, Father Rossi and his acolytes have been able to win back or at least to retain a part of his brethren. Traditional Catholics in Brazil, however, do not always approve of these changes; Odilo Cardinal Scherer, the Archbishop of São Paulo and thus Rossi's direct superior stated in reference to Father Rossi that "Priests must not be showmen... The Mass is not to be turned into a show". During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Brazil in 2007, Rossi was steered away from the Pope, an experience he himself described as humiliating.
In 2002 the press reported that on 10 November 2002 Father Rossi asked the presenter Gugu Liberato to remove comedian Jorge Lafond from the stage, so that he could go on to sing. Lafond, who played the female character Vera Verão in the humorous program "The Square is Ours" ("A Praça é Nossa") on SBT, had been invited to participate in the show Men vs. Women on the TV program "Domingo Legal" (also SBT). Some press media reported that Lafond was removed from the stage following a demand from Father Rossi, who was due to sing in the show in the next few minutes. While Lafond waited offstage, backstage production repeatedly requested that he return after the priest had left. However, embarrassed and embittered by the situation, he did not return. In an interview given to Revista Quem, Father Rossi mentioned the incident and denied discriminating against Lafond and claimed he had become aware of the incident after Lafond's passing.
False accusation of plagiarism for the song "Noites Traiçoeiras"
Father Marcelo Rossi was accused of plagiarism in 2009. Protestant websites reported that justice would have recognized the pastor and singer Marinalva Santos as the author of the song "Noites Traiçoeiras" recorded by Father Rossi. It was said that all copyrights belong to the singer. However, the accuser became a defendant of a lawsuit filed by the representatives of the authentic author of the song, Carlos Papae, who was recognized by law as the original composer of the song.
Education and awards
- Degree in Physical Education by the Universidade de São Paulo in 1988
- Degree in Philosophy by the Universidade Nossa Senhora da Assunção in 1990
- Degree in Theology by the Faculdade Salesiana de Lorena in 1994
- Ordination to the Priesthood in 1994
- Best Christian album indicated to the Latin Grammy with the CD "Paz" in 2002
- Cardinal Van Thuan Prize granted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010
Solo studio albums
|Year||Album||Record company||Certification (ABPD)||Sales|
|1998||Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor||Polygram do Brazil||3× Diamond||3,000,000|
|1999||Um Presente para Jesus||Universal Music||Diamond||1,000,000|
|2000||Canções para um Novo Milênio||Universal Music||Platinum|
|2003||Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus||Sony Music||Gold|
|2006||Minha Benção||Sony BMG||2× Diamond|
|2008||Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol.1||Sony Music Entertainment||3× Platinum|
|2008||Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol. 2||Sony Music Entertainment||2× Platinum|
|2011||Ágape Musical||Sony Music Entertainment||4× Diamond|
|2012||Ágape Amor Divino||Sony Music Entertainment||Diamond|
|2013||Já Deu Tudo Certo||Sony Music Entertainment|
|2014||O Tempo de Deus||Sony Music Entertainment|
- 1997 – Terço Bizantino
- 1998 – Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor
- 1998 – Canciones para Alabar al Señor (in Spanish)
- 1999 – Um presente para Jesus
- 1999 – Salmos (box with 6 CDs)
- 1999 – Salmos Temáticos
- 2000 – Millenium (collectanea)
- 2000 – Celebração da Vida
- 2000 – Canções para um Novo Milênio
- 2001 – Para Crianças (collectanea)
- 2001 – Paz
- 2002 – Sem Limite (collectanea)
- 2002 – Anjos
- 2003 – Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus
- 2003 – Jesus é o Rei
- 2006 – Novo Millenium (collectanea)
- 2006 – Minha Benção
- 2006 – Sem Limite Nova Edição (collectanea)
- 2007 – Maxximum
- 2007 – Momento de Fé para uma Vida Melhor – Em 16 volumes:
- Momento de Fé – Volume 1 – (Depressão, Provações e Fé)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 2 – (Liberação do Vício, Paz e Harmonia do lar)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 3 – O Rosário
- Momento de Fé – Volume 4 – O Cerco de Jericó
- Momento de Fé – Volume 5 – A Via Sacra
- Momento de Fé – Volume 6 – (Ressentimento, Mágoa, Perdão)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 7 – (Paz, Proteção em Deus)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 8 – (Maldade Humana, Misericórdia divina)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 9 – (Amar a Deus Sobre Todas as Coisas e ao Próximo como a Si Mesmo)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 10 – (Anjos e Arcanjos)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 11 – (Avós, Pais e Filhos)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 12 – (Fanatismo, Discriminação, Tolerância)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 13 – (Influência dos Antepassados na Nossa Vida e Nossa Família)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 14 – (Crianças, Adolescentes, Jovens, Adultos, Terceira Idade)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 15 – (Dons de Santifição, Sabedoria, Entendimento, Conselho, Fortaleza, Ciência, Piedade, Santo Temor de Deus)
- Momento de Fé – Volume 16 – (Educadores, Professores, Catequistas)
- 2007 – Momentos de Fé para uma Vida Melhor Edição de Natal
- 2008 – Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol.1
- 2008 – Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol. 2
- 2010 – Seleção Essencial - Grandes Sucessos (coletânea)
- 2011 – Ágape Musical
- 2012 – Ágape Amor Divino
- 2013 – Já Deu Tudo Certo – EP
- 2014 – O Tempo de Deus
- 2014 – Mega Hits (coletânea)
- 2017 – Luz Divina - Grandes Momentos (coletânea)
- 2017 – Imaculada
- 2009 – A Turma do Didi (himself/special participation)
Shows, clips, messages
- 2000 – Um Presente pra Jesus
- 2001 – Paz
- 2007 – Momentos de Paz para uma Vida Melhor Edição de Natal
- 2008 – Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol.1
- 2008 – Paz Sim, Violência Não – Vol.2
- 2012 – Ágape Amor Divino
- "Perfil Padre Marcelo Rossi" (in Portuguese). Padre Marcelo Rossi. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- veja.abril.com.br Archived 3 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- [ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51511-2005Apr13.html washingtonpost.com]
- New York Times. Brazil Greets Pope But Questions His Perspective 9 May 2007
- Simon Romero (14 February 2013). "A Laboratory for Revitalizing Catholicism". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
...he complained about feeling "humiliated" during Benedict's visit to Brazil in 2007 when Catholic leaders prevented him from even approaching the Pope.
- McCormick, Grayce (17 July 2019). "Brazilian priest gets shoved by woman in the middle of Mass". www.washingtonexaminer.com. Washington Examiner. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "Brazilian certifications – Padre Marcelo Rossi" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
- "EL CURA DE LOS MILLONES DE DISCOS". El País (in Spanish). 16 November 1999. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
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