the November, 1964, issue of the Reader’s Digest, there
was a story
titled: “The Country that saved It-self.’’
That country was Brazil. The stage
was all set in 1961 to take over Brazil, just like Cuba. But
thwarted this Communist takover? The women of Brazil with
“Without the woman,” said one of the leaders of
“we could never have halted Brazil’s plunge toward
night in mid-1962, Dona Amelia Bastos listened to her husband
and a band of anti-Reds discuss the looming threat of Communism.
“I suddenly decided,” she said, “that politics
had become to important to be left entirely to the men...
Moreover, who has more at stake in what’s happening
to our country than we women?” She formed CAMDE (Campaign
of Women for Democracy]. In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting
the rosary aloud broke up the leftist meeting there. In Sao
Paulo, 600,000 women praying the rosary in one of the most
moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, sounded the death
knell of the Communist revolution.
women with rosaries in their hands or around their necks,
issued a 1300 word proclamation:
nation which God has given us, immense and marvelous
as it is, is in extreme danger. We have allowed men of limitless
without Christian faith or scruples, to bring our people misery,
our economy, disturbing our social peace, to create hate and
They have infiltrated our nation, our government, our armed
even our churches ...
of God, preserve us from the fate and suffering of
the martyred women of Cuba, Poland, Hungary and all other
We; the men women and children of America take our lead
from the women of Brazil: the rosary! Let this be our weapon
peace to our world, country and our families. Not just the
private rosary of
our grandmothers, but rosary processions and crusades held
our land. May God Bless America.