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In 1925 a dutch priest, Father Eustace Van Lieshout, arrived in Brazil. After spending ten years in a sanctuary in Minas Gerais he moved to Poa, about 20 miles from Sāo Paulo. Poa is a small village consisting of two streets leading to a square, where the church stands. Adjacent to the church there is an artificial grotto with an image of the Virgin and a source of water flowing from under her feet. Poa offers to the tourist only the rudiments of civilization, and under usual circumstances its population was not higher than a few hundred inhabitants. This situation was going to change under the magic spell of Father Eustace. The dutch priest began by gaining the confidence of his parishioners, and in the course of time he acquired the reputation of being a healer not only of souls but of bodies as well. This reputation grew later in
Os "milagres" do "Padre de Poá": Estudo científico. Relações com a medicina. O "sobrenatural" e a ciência. JAMA. 1944;126(18):1177. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850530055027