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Ronaldo Luís Nazario da Lima is baptised at São José parish, São Paulo, Brazil on September 12 (Instagram/Ronaldo)

Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo Luís Nazario da Lima, nicknamed The Phenomenon, last week took a significant step in his life of faith by receiving the sacrament of Baptism. Source: The Catholic Leader.

After the ceremony at São José Parish located in the Jardim Europa neighbourhood on São Paulo’s west side, Ronaldo, 46, shared his experience on social media, highlighting the importance of the momentous moment in his life: “Today is a very special day. I was baptised.”

“The Christian faith has always been a fundamental part of my life, since I was little, although I had not yet been baptised. With the sacrament I feel truly regenerated as a child of God, in a new, more conscious and deeper way,” the Brazilian star wrote on his Instagram account on September 12.

In his message, Ronaldo also renewed his commitment to “follow the path of good, of my own free will, believing in the love of Jesus, in supportive love.”

In June 2022, he demonstrated his growing closeness to the Catholic faith by fulfilling his promise to make the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage on a bicycle. 


‘The Phenomenon’ is baptised at age 46: Soccer great Ronaldo Nazario embraces Catholic faith (By Joe Higgins, The Catholic Leader)