AN UPDATE ON THE STORY OF "JOHN OF GOD," THE MAN SOME CLAIM IS THE MOST POWERFUL SPIRITUAL HEALER SINCE JESUS -- AND OTHERS SAY IS SIMPLY A CHARLATAN -- ON ABC NEWS' "PRIMETIME LIVE," THURSDAY, JULY 14
For more than thirty years, millions of desperate people from around the world - the sick, the crippled, the terminally ill -- have made a pilgrimage to the remote high plateaus of central Brazil in search of a cure. They travel to see a man who is said to have miraculous healing powers and can supposedly perform surgeries without pain or even anesthesia. His acolytes call him "John of God." In a February 10, 2005 report, "Primetime Live" co-anchor John Quiqones traveled to Brazil to find out whether these incredible stories could possibly be true, whether "John of God" is, as his believers claim, a miracle man, or, as his detractors argue, a charlatan. Now "Primetime" revisits some of the unforgettable people featured in the original report - including an actress with breast cancer who rejected surgery and a San Francisco attorney with Lou Gehrig's disease -- to see whether they found the miracle cures they so desperately sought. "Primetime Live" airs THURSDAY, JULY 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
DIANE SAWYER, CHRIS CUOMO, CYNTHIA McFADDEN and JOHN QUIQONES are the anchors of "Primetime Live." DAVID SLOAN is the executive producer.