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Fatima: Young people presented projects on the pastoral trips of the Portuguese episcopate.



Fatima: Young people presented projects on the pastoral trips of the Portuguese episcopate.

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Fatima, June 16, 2021 (Ecclesia) – The evangelism process of the Sementes project of the Archdiocese of Braga and the intergenerational project “Adopt a grandfather” from the Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo-Branco were presented to Catholics today. bishops, in the pastoral days of the episcopate in Fatima.

Rita Santos explained to ECCLESIA that the Adopt Grandpa project emerged in March 2020 in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic to connect young people with older people and “fight despair and isolation”.

“We were subject to conditions, but that was not an excuse for us to stop. The project started with phone calls from adults to seniors every day of the week or four, five times, ”he added at the end of the day.

According to Rita Santos, the intergenerational project was covered in the media and “grew”, in the end they succeeded “28 couples and many are suspended.”

For Christmas 2020, the secretariat of the youth ministry of the Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo-Branco reinvented the project and wrote postcards for the elderly in their homes because “there were no visitors and they could not spend Christmas at home”.

“This again exceeded expectations: more than 500 volunteers, we delivered more than 1600 postcards. Then we continued with some houses for Easter, and now we intend to continue, ”added the young woman.

Maria Amorim from the Archdiocese of Braga presented a short-term volunteer project “Sementes” aimed at students of the University of Minho.

“University students go through a Christian journey in essentially nine months and then volunteer during their summer vacations in developing African countries,” he explained to ECCLESIA, adding that they accept “all people, regardless of religion. “.

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Maria Amorim, coordinator of Sementes, notes that there are many young people who “never contacted and did not know about Christ,” and in the project they begin to “open the doors to the life that Christ led in society” and how his life “ can be a life project “for them.

Fatima Zorro has been part of the University Pastoral Project of the Archdiocese of Braga since December 2020 because she “wanted to become a volunteer” and over time “discovered its Christian connotation” and became more and more involved.

“I have discovered a few things over the past few months, I have distanced myself from the Church, although I did Confirmation, and it was a rapprochement that I did not expect: it was truly transformative, and this is what makes us want to always come back, keep going and do everything. possible, ”he told ECCLESIA.

The two projects and the TALITA QUM Meetings in Coimbra were presented as a youth and evangelism reception by the Synod of Bishops (2018) on the way to World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023.

“Sometimes we really don’t know how we can use our opportunities, we want to help but don’t know how, we want to take care, but we don’t know if this is the best way or who we should join. The goal of this project was also to provide this path, ”said Rita Santos of the Adopt Grandpa project.

The Pastoral Days of the Portuguese Episcopate, which began on Monday, were dedicated to the theme “Reception of the Synod of Bishops for Youth and World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023”.

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The speaker was the Salesian Father Rossano Sala, who in 2018 was the Special Secretary of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Youth, Faith and Professional Discernment.

The religious is currently teaching youth ministry at the Pontifical Salesian University.

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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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