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“We are ready to welcome young Brazilians,” says WYD 2023 Portuguese committee member at the 59th AG CNBB conference.

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“We are ready to welcome young Brazilians,” says WYD 2023 Portuguese committee member at the 59th AG CNBB conference.

The 2023 World Youth Day (COL) Local Committee, coordinated by WYD Foundation President, Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, Portugal, Dom Américo Aguiar, attended the 59th General Assembly of the Bishops of Brazil (AG CNBB) with a stand. The goal is to encourage the participation of young Brazilians and the Brazilian Church, with the support of the Brazilian Bishops.

Members of the local WYD committee at the 59th CNBB AG. | Photo: Adielson Agrelos – Ascom 59th AG CNBB

José Carlos Pasternak, a COL member and dedicated member of the Shalom Community, explains that the most anticipated attendance at the event in his country is the Brazilian youth.

Because of the same language, the history that unites the two countries, and the dream of many young Brazilians to know Portugal and the shrines of Nossa Senhora Fatima, he says, the devotion of the Brazilian people is expressed.

“We have come to Brazil to encourage and encourage young Brazilians to participate en masse in WYD 2023. We are here at the 59th Assembly to make sure we are ready to welcome and count on the presence of the bishops and youth of their respective dioceses, archdioceses and prelatures” , – he said.

To overcome the financial difficulties of young Brazilians, exacerbated by the pandemic, Pasternak suggests looking for alternative means so that this does not become an obstacle to participation in the WYD. He argued that the lack of money could not end the dreams of youth and hinder their experience of the Journey.

“We have come to speak to the bishops, to encourage them and to tell them that they are not alone, and that since we have overcome several difficulties along the way, we also encourage them to overcome difficulties in order to bring their young people to Portugal.” he protects.

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Journey of Diversity

Representatives of the local committee stated that the intercultural nature favors interaction with the greatest possible amount of youth diversity, taking into account all classes, nations, religions and languages.

Paulo Rocha, a Portuguese journalist from WYD’s Communications Department, said that the dialogue between Dom Américo Aguiar and Educafro Brasil Executive Director Monk David dos Santos will ensure the participation of young quilombolos and indigenous peoples in the Day with the help of the WYD Solidarity Foundation. Young people from Fazenda da Esperança in Guaratinguet (SP) will also attend and accommodation will be paid for by Fazenda da Esperança in Portugal.

Young Portuguese Pedro Ari, member of the World Youth Day Local Committee responsible for dialogue with Bishops’ Conferences, said the organization envisages the participation of youth from migrants and refugees, although this is a very difficult task.

According to a member of the World Youth Day 2023 Local Committee, Ariy, who is responsible for dialogue with episcopal conferences, should have at least one representative from all countries of the world. “The first important step of WYD is to let everyone know that they are invited,” he said. The travel committee is working to avoid visa problems, as happened during the trip to Krakow.

The young Portuguese Beatriz Goncalves, who is in charge of the pilgrims from Brazil to WYD, spoke about her expectations regarding the participation of young Brazilians.

“We have been in contact with Sister Valeria Leal of the CNBB Episcopal Youth Commission for about a year now and we hope to gather as many young Brazilians as possible in Portugal. I hope they come, that they integrate well and have a great experience with Jesus,” he said.

Cultural and religious exchange

Another important element of WYD will be the opportunity for young people to experience new cultures. Pilgrims will have the opportunity to experience Portuguese culture, religion, gastronomy and the Sanctuary of Fatima.

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On the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Day 2022, “Mary got up and left in haste” (Lk 1:39), Pedro Ari emphasizes that Mother Mary’s example inspires young people to follow. “We want to keep going, get up and rush to carry Jesus to others,” he said.

The meeting of Pope Francis, his sermons, spontaneous meetings, fellowship between young people and youth festivals are some of the activities that will mark WYD 2023.

by Go. Rose Mary

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The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

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President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

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Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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