Rio’s Iconic Christ the Redeemer Monument Pays Homage to U.S. Independence Day

U.S. Consul General, John Creamer, Mrs. Liza Creamer and Father Omar Raposo. (US ConGen-RJ)In an unprecedented tribute to U.S. Independence Day, Rio de Janeiro’s iconic the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was lit with the colors of the American flag on July 3, 2014.

U.S. Consul General to Rio de Janeiro John Creamer and Christ the Redeemer rector Father Omar Raposo  were at the monument for the special lighting, which happens as Brazil hosts approximately 90,000 U.S. tourists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The 2013 World Youth Day in Brazil was important to connect the U.S. Consulate and the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro. Mrs. Liza Creamer volunteered during that event by supporting a delegation of U.S. bishops.

“The Christ the Redeemer is a landmark in Rio de Janeiro and an essential stop for thousands of Americans who have been visiting the city along the years. Seeing the Christ lit with the colors of America for Independence Day is a privilege and an honor,” CG Creamer said.
Sanctuary rector Father Omar Raposo said that the World Cup is an excellent opportunity to promote fraternity between peoples, and in this sense, the Christ the Redeemer is one of the best symbols.

“Americans always celebrate the 4th of July with pride and joy. And it is nice to be together with them on this celebration. So the Brazilian treat we would like to give them is this special Christ the Redeemer lighting, as it shelters everyone with open arms in a testimony to our friendship,” Father Omar Raposo said.