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



“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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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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