What is an overview of the practices, doctrines, and goals of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God that distinguish it from other Evangelical and Pentecostal groups active in Latin America?
It's a charismatic denomination that has been founded in Brazil, in 1977. Its current leader is the bishop Edir Macedo, founder of this denomination. They affirm to have an orthodox doctrine, Bible-based stance (but close to Pentecostals), but in practice they sell miracles and healings, and the "power" of the Holy Ghost to perform those manifestations (like Simon the Magician, who has been baptised and then rebuked by the Apostle Peter because Simon offered money to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 8:18-24). In some parts of Latin America (or all), this church is known as "Pare de sufrir" ("Stop suffering"). The orthodox Christianity, especially the most-conservative group, agrees that this church is heretic, counted as a sect or cult.