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Priest Maringa, who gave Portuguese lessons to Pope John Paul II, dies | North and Northwest



Priest Maringa, who gave Portuguese lessons to Pope John Paul II, dies |  North and Northwest

Canon Father Benedito Vieira Telles, the first to be ordained by the Archdiocese of Maringa in the northwest of Parana, was buried this Friday (26) after several days in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. He was 93 years old. Death was confirmed on Thursday.

The consecration took place on 29 June 1960 in the still imposing cathedral. This was the beginning of a religious trajectory marked, according to close friends, by his devotion to the Catholic Church and events that would later become a book.

One of such episodes from the life of a priest is described in the work of journalists Rogerio Secco and Everton Barbosa “Nas Alturas – History of the Cathedral of Maringa Parish”. The book was released this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Gloria.

The journalists managed to extract some details from the quick contact of the priest from Maringa with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would later become Pope Benedict XVI.

Canon Benedito Vieira Telles, the first priest ordained by the Archdiocese of Maringa — Photo: Reproduction/Archdiocese of Maringa

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The classes took place at a time when Father Canonicus Telles was studying canon law at the Urbaniana University in Rome. There is no information in the book about the exact year when the contact between them took place.

Pope John Paul II – Photo: A12

Canon Telles graduated in theology, philosophy and law and was a member of the Academia Maringaense de Letras. He has been a professor at Maringa State University (UEM) for 36 years. In church life, he worked, in addition to the Cathedral of Maringa, in the parishes of Inaja, Atalaya and Guairas.

“He was known as a man of culture, extremely intelligent and very fond of the Church,” the journalist concluded.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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