Chico Xavier or Francisco Candido Xavier, born Francisco de Paula Candido, was a popular Brazilian philanthropist and spiritist medium.
29 Facts About Chico Xavier
The books written by Chico covered a vast range of topics from religion, philosophy, historical romances and novels, Portuguese Literature, poetry, and science, as well as thousands of letters intended to inform, console and uplift the families of deceased persons during his psychographic sessions.
Chico Xavier's books sold an estimated 50 million copies and the revenue generated by it was totally channeled into charity work.
Chico Xavier called his spiritual guide Emmanuel, who according to Chico Xavier, lived in ancient Rome as Senator Publius Lentulus, was reincarnated in Spain as Father Damien, and later as a professor at the Sorbonne.
Chico Xavier often mentioned he could not contact a deceased person unless the spirit was willing to be contacted.
In 2010, a movie biography entitled Chico Xavier was released in Brazil.
Chico Xavier was the son of Joao Candido Xavier who was a lottery ticket vendor, and Maria Joao de Deus, a Catholic housewife.
Chico Xavier's father was talking to a lady about pregnancy and he began stating facts about sciences.
Chico Xavier's mother died when he was 5 years old.
Chico Xavier claimed to talk with his mother's spirit for some years.
Chico Xavier was hired as a sales clerk working long hours.
In May 1927 his sister, Maria Chico Xavier, was having mental disturbances, which many believed was caused by spiritual sources known as obsession.
Chico Xavier became widely known in Brazil in 1931, when he published the book Parnassus Beyond the Tomb, which had 259 poems allegedly composed by 56 deceased Brazilian and Portuguese illustrious Poets.
Chico Xavier said that spiritual foes tried to involve him into negative fluids and temptations, apart from all living people,.
Chico Xavier denied any wrongdoing and any proximity or involvement with the nephew.
At that time, Chico Xavier met the young student of Medicine and medium Waldo Vieira; together they psychographed several books; until their abruption some years later.
Chico Xavier died due to a cardiorespiratory arrest on 30 June 2002, at the age of 92.
In 2000, Chico Xavier was elected the "Mineiro" from the 20th century, followed by Alberto Santos-Dumont and Juscelino Kubitschek ; in a contest performed by Rede Globo Minas, with 704.030 votes.
In 2016, the Chico Xavier Memorial was inaugurated in Uberaba, built in collaboration between the Chico Xavier Institute and the city hall.
On October 29,2020, a life-size bronze statue of Chico Xavier was inaugurated at Praca Rui Barbosa, in Uberaba.
Chico Xavier is portrayed by actors Matheus Costa, Angelo Antonio and Nelson Xavier, respectively during three phases of his life: from 1918 to 1922,1931 to 1959 and 1969 to 1975.
Chico Xavier was accused of using perfume in the seance room which was a common Spiritualist trick to pretend the scent was of supernatural origin.
Chico Xavier never admitted to be the author of any of his books.
Chico Xavier affirmed he would only reproduce whatever the spirits dictated to him.
Chico Xavier sold more than 50 million copies in Portuguese; with translations in English, Spanish, Japanese, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Mandarin, Swedish, Braille, and other languages.
Chico Xavier transcribed around ten thousand letters allegedly from the dead to their families.
Chico Xavier granted all the copyrights to charity institution since the first book.
Chico Xavier is the most read author from Latin America.
In 2013, Brazilian scientists compared recent medical knowledge with twelve psychographed works by Chico Xavier attributed to Andre Luiz, identifying in them several highly complex correct information about the physiology of the pineal gland that could only be scientifically confirmed 60 years after the works were published in the scientific journal Neuroendocrinology Letters.