death of 353 Filipino workers alerts Church

What is behind the deaths of more than 300 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia? This is the question raised by Archbishop Ruperto Santos, head of the commission for migrants and itinerants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

→ READ. Coronavirus ‘sad records’ in Saudi Arabia

On June 22, the Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh said that of the 353 nationals of his country who died recently, 107 died from Covid-19, 246 of “Natural causes” dont “Some crime-related deaths”. But the Philippine Catholic Church and the association “Migrante international” are not convinced. The deaths of hundreds of people over such a short period attract suspicion.

Suspected discrimination

“There should be an investigation into the specific causes of death to prevent and avoid the loss of other lives”, underlined, in a statement, Mgr Ruperto Santos, bishop of Balanga, in the bay of Manila.

The association, which campaigns for the rights of migrants, alleges alleged discrimination in access to healthcare against Christians, reports UCA News. “Christians and Muslims must receive the medical care necessary for our workers to recover from the virus. Our nurses take care of Muslim patients. Can they also receive the type of medical care they deserve? ”, spokesman Francisco Buenaventura told the Asian news agency.

But Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto refutes the remarks. He believes the Saudi government “On word” and says: “There is no discrimination. What is happening is that the facilities are really full. ” In the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia is the country most affected by the coronavirus.

The 800,000 nationals who live and work there, often in precarious conditions, make the kingdom the state that welcomes the most Filipinos in the Middle East. The coronavirus crisis and containment have led to many layoffs among immigrant workers. Without resources, some Filipinos asked for help from their government to return to the archipelago.

Repatriation and celebrations

Earlier in the week, the Philippine government was criticized for giving permission to bury 50 nationals in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi kingdom demands that the victims carrying the Covid-19 be buried on the spot. The Philippine government finally chartered three planes to repatriate the remains before June 28.

The Bishop of Balanga called on Filipinos around the world to offer a series of celebrations from June 26-28 for the “Eternal rest” deceased workers. “We Filipinos have great respect for the dead. We honor the dead. They are sacred to us. It is right and appropriate to give them a dignified and correct burial ”, did he declare.

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Kiev Patriarch demanded another tomos from Constantinople :: Society :: RBC

Filaret Denisenko

(Photo: Ephraim Lukatsky / AP)

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople should give the Ukrainian Church a new Tomos of independence. This was stated by the leader of the non-canonical Kiev Patriarchate Filaret Denisenko in an interview with the Apostrof.

According to Filaret, the tomos issued to Ukraine in 2019 does not make the Ukrainian church autocephalous, but subordinates it to Constantinople. In order for the Ukrainian church to be independent, the tomos had to be given to the patriarchy, not the metropolis. “And he wanted her to be dependent on him. Therefore, he demanded of us, he demanded that we renounce the patriarchy and that I, as the patriarch, should not put forward my candidacy, ”he explained.

This dependence is manifested in the fact that the jurisdiction of the autocephalous Ukrainian Church extends only to the territory of Ukraine, and those citizens of the country who live abroad should belong to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Moreover, he noted that the Ukrainian church has no right to cook its own world, which also makes it dependent. “They will give peace – we can [соблюдать обряды], they won’t give it, we can’t, ”he emphasized.

PCU deprived Honorary Patriarch Filaret of membership in the Holy Synod

Patriarch Filaret

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The review “Prions en Église” gets a makeover

The monthly Pray in the Church gets a makeover to offer its readers an experience “Integral” of the word of God. “Mass is a privileged moment to pray, but it is not the only one: we want to invest all the opportunities which allow us to connect to the word of God and to accompany the prayer of our readers”, announces Karem Bustica, editor-in-chief of the emblematic review of Bayard (1).

New appointments

“The period we have just lived has confirmed us in this direction”, underlines the journalist. During confinement, when official dress was suspended, Pray in the Church was able to broadcast the Mass of the Assumptionist Brothers of Cachan live on its social networks, gathering 8,000 people on average, up to 25,000 on Maundy Thursday.

→ SURVEY. Confinement: these parishioners who participate in mass in front of their screen

“Something important has happened, she continues, our readers sent their prayer intentions to us online, thanking us for being there. We have created a real community. “

A community that can now find on the site and the mobile application of Pray in the Church the entire liturgy of the hours. Behind this first innovation, the magazine wants to continue to anchor itself in the daily life of its readers, with new meetings, “Especially on digital”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel, deputy general manager of the Bayard group. Thus, the title launches an original sound offer, with podcasts of prayerful meditations accessible free of charge on the application and the website of the journal, from July 6.

“An invisible parish”

The paper version, it innovates with a little more current and by offering a place to the word of its readers. Each month, one of them will share his experience of biblical prayer and testify of his faith. A question appears after the Sunday gospel, to help deepen the meaning of the word in his life.

On the digital side, each week will be published the universal prayer of the Benedictine sisters of Vanves, which will resonate with the state of the world. “Innovation serves our project to become, ever more, an invisible parish for those who read us”, explains Jean-Marie Montel.

In addition to the enrichment of its French offer, Pray in the Church strongly accelerates its international establishment. “We are growing all over the world. The versions of French and English speaking Africa are very well received. We are also present in the Philippines, in India, at the service of the different Catholic communities and their specificities ”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel.

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In Gabon, the catholic Church is critical of the decriminalisation of homosexuality

The catholic Church of gabon is opposed to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. She expressed, Thursday, June 24, in a message signed by Bishop Jean-Iba Iba, archbishop of Libreville. ” In the name of the wisdom of our ancestors contained in our various cultures that celebrate the Life, Love, Family, we say no to the decriminalisation of homosexuality “, protested the archbishop.

→ TO READ. In Gabon, a nun murdered, the alleged murderer went

Until July 2019, no law gabonese not ruled on homosexuality. Since this date, a law passed almost unnoticed was the relationship between people of the same sex became punishable by 6 months imprisonment and a fine of 5 million CFA francs (7 600 €). It is this act which has been cancelled on Tuesday 23 June by the national Assembly of gabon thanks to the votes of 48 mps from 25 abstained.

“It is not to demonize “

The archbishop of Libreville, who is standing as the defender of the traditional family, however, specifies that” this is not to demonize or throw stones “but rather’ s” open to the truth “. ” It is to be regretted that some international organizations tend to condition their aid to the acceptance of modes of behaviour foreign to our customs “, he added, urging leaders to” railing against these methods unhealthy opting for the fight of freedom “.

In the eyes of the archbishop, this vote” is a danger to [nos] children and for the homosexuals themselves “risk of “hostile reactions, and discrimination “. It also calls on all religious denominations to organize a time of prayer for” implore the help of the Lord of the universe in these difficult times “.

→ TO READ. Austria : the blessing of same-sex couples in reflection

In the wake of the message of Archbishop Iba Iba, the apostolic vicariate of Makokou (north east) has begun a novena of prayer against the decriminalization of homosexuality and other sexual deviance. Similarly, some of the priests of gabon have released a video denouncing this new while on social networks, was circulating false information – quickly denied by the diocese of Libreville, according to which pope Francis would have” called to order “the archbishop of Libreville.

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The perfect hideaway in the North of Portugal

Wenn are “contactless” and “distant” now the Supreme maxims of the Holiday, then an old estate in the North of Portugal is perhaps the ideal place for the summer and the autumn, can be in Portugal until well into October warm. The Quinta da Bouça d’arques in Viana do Castelo is isolated, but to reach in one and a half hours from the airport of Porto. Who ends up with the night machine, reached the vineyard in the last light of the day: The door opens, the gravel crunching under the tires, the last of the swallows chase their dinner. The hills are dyed as if they were ripe apricot, the cork lot have oak to tell, about why and in what century the gigantic cracks in the root formed. The guest a walk among the vines therethrough in a nearly 400-year-old rich; the walls were so smart and subtle, as is to be found, unfortunately, rarely, some of the hidden modern buildings added. There, it sinks down behind the large Windows in bright rooms in a large bed, and on all the metallic Sound of cicadas is located.

Barbara Liepert

Responsible for the area of “travel” in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

The next Morning, announcing with a warm Wind, the heat of the coming day, you can see high trees and in the distance a sleepy village, which crouches in the hilly landscape. The grounds of the Quinta is so large that you meet sometimes at all to anyone, even if all eight rooms are occupied. The peace and quiet in the hills of the Minho appears to be infinite, there is always a slight Wind, and you just hear Church bells, birds chirping and a dog barking in the distance.

Breakfast with Camellia

Guests can enjoy Breakfast with a view on a very expansive, century-old Camellia or Brazilian foil trees, in good time before the tree umarmern of the 21st century are. Century ready and thorns on the trunk have formed. There are in addition to juices and bread rolls cheese and Goiabada, a kind of cut-resistant guava jam how to eat it in Brazil, like. In the 18th century. Century, there were in the Minho, the northernmost Region of Portugal, several waves of Emigration it will be called, especially to Brazil. This has turned now to the contrary, Portugal is the promised Land of wealthy immigrants fleeing from the cities of Brazil in search of social peace and the safe Sunny side of life to Europe.

Concrete can be so elegant: Two modern apartments.

The Breakfast is served in a basket at exactly the time on the terrace, which has been agreed with the administrator. Whose mobile phone number is the Hotline for requests of all kinds: bicycles to explore the area, wine tastings, Restaurant and shopping tips. The rooms and Cottages all come with small kitchenettes; almost everything illuminates on the markets of the area, can be taken home, except to also purchase live Chicks, which the children very much regret. But you can send the lemon to pluck; so there is homemade lemonade and distraction directly on the edge of a pool.

The Quinta opens on 1. July again; it is only the “honesty bar” and a community room with a fireplace are like the measures to be taken against Covid-19 victim – the cottage has now been in another vacation on the seven-acre property is transformed. From the Quinta you can explore the North of Portugal and Galicia, in neighboring Spain, Santiago de Compostela, is located two driving hours, also a couple of beaches are within easy reach. Guimarães is not far, here is the birthplace of the first Portuguese king is said to have confessed. In Braga, the oldest Cathedral in Portugal and one of the most beautiful Baroque staircases in the world to visit; the best views in the North of Portugal, the Church of Santa Luzia, located on a hill above the old town of Viana do Castelo is enthroned. The 90 000 inhabitants of a great city is not 20 minutes, it can be reached via the Eiffel bridge, which the French engineer, at the end of the 19th century. Century over the Rio Lima has riveted. The port promenade is a ornamental, the Portuguese Pritzker prize laureate Souto de Moura has designed the local cultural centre.

But strictly speaking, you do not need to leave the Quinta at all, if you are looking for architectural pearls: The architect Paula Sousa Pinheiro, who comes from the area, has landed a small quiet Coup: she manages to leave the old walls of the Quinta in the foreground and in the yard of the Ensemble by an equally modern as it is timeless simple and order to complement to the Old matching installation. Bare concrete suddenly becomes the stone, the old trees of the Quinta to the light, as if they were sculptures: cork oaks, hundreds of years old, gnarled and twisted as the landscape.

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In Mali, the discrete mediation of the catholic Church

Since the beginning of the protest movement in Mali, there has been very little heard from the catholic Church, which, however, is hard at work to bring about peace. ” In the midst of this particularly difficult situation, we, the religious, remains only the choice between two behaviours : be vigilant and act as mediators to facilitate the dialogue and the calm to return “said the 24 June to the missionary agency Fides, the cardinal Jean Zerbo, archbishop of Bamako.

→ PORTRAIT. Imam Mahmoud Dicko shuddered at the presidential palace in Mali

The day before, the 23 June presidential majority and the protest movement had made a great step forward by accepting to dialogue, for the first time since the beginning of the crisis. It began on Friday 5 June when, at the end of the muslim prayer, thousands of people marched to the call of the imam Dicko, the godfather of the Coordination of movements, associations and supporters (Cmas), a movement politico-religious. Their goal ? The resignation of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita found “ incompetent “. Imam Dicko, subsequently joined opposition parties and civil associations to form the M5.

Sentinels and mediators

In his interview to the agency Fides, the cardinal Zerbo says that the religious denominations have joined forces to push the various actors to the dialogue. ” We have established a group of religious leaders – muslim, catholic and protestant – in order to exert pressure on the government and create the conditions for dialogue, he stressed. We meet regularly and seek to speak directly with the protagonists “. For the archbishop of Bamako, the socio-political situation of the country hardens the heart of many people hence the need to redouble our prayers “ so that God converts the heart “. ” Now, it is possible to say that the heart of a lot of stone. It is up to us to make it flesh “, he added.

Presidential party and M5

If the meeting between the presidential party and the M5 on Tuesday, June 23, has not resulted in any pattern of exit from the crisis, it is, according to observers, a glimmer of hope, especially, that on Sunday, June 21, imam Dicko had shown good will by accepting to meet with the presidential majority. In addition to the religious, the economic Community of African States West (Ecowas) had sent emissaries to help re-establish the dialogue between the two parties.

Similarly, the embassies foreign representation in Bamako have been continuously taking initiatives to encourage the dialogue. According to observers, it is not excluded that the offer of government of national unity made by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita interested in a part of the opposition, thus dividing the M5. Similarly, the satisfaction of certain demands of teachers and care personnel away from the latter the protest movement’s lose to the M5 its social base.

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“It is necessary to reopen the question of the ministries “

The Cross : That reveals, to your eyes, the echo met by the news of Anne Soupa announcing his nomination to the archbishopric of Lyon ?

Anne-Marie Pelletier :

This nomination has raised some objections. First because she wants to ignore the fact that the tradition of the church is to be called/e and not to apply to a position of responsibility. What happens to the men of the Church to forget precisely. Then because he is not sure the best way to renew the institutional Church is to claim to invest according to the existing roles.

Women must occupy seats of institutional, certainly, but not necessarily by the conquest of the forms of power existing. Moreover, the extremism of this announcement is a good excuse not to hear it. The fact remains that the media success that it has met the demonstration of a blocked situation. As if was still only available to the provocation.

Is it so extravagant that women claim to be clerics as the other ? How to they take more than their place in the decision ? Priesthood and governance are they inseparable ?

A.-M. P. : For women to be clerics, like the others, is it really that interesting ? If they had to access a day to the ministerial priesthood – lapse today, it would need to be to live it and exercise it a little differently. Otherwise, it is all a matter of power and competition.

There are many places where women must be active today to exercise authority and to inspire a new governance. Since the instances of the parish, until the tips of the episcopal office, and until the council of the pope, why not ? Similarly, why not a college of cardinals with women ?

→ EXPLANATION. What is the place of women in the Church ?

The truth hear is that the ministerial priesthood cannot be the only one who allows to decide of the life and governance of the Church. If already the women have been taught ecclesiology in the seminaries, the Church could have a different face.

The ordination of women deacons would allow women to find a better place in the Church ?

A.-M. P. : This would undoubtedly have a strong symbolic value. But the question is more complex than it seems. It all depends on the profile of the diaconate, its powers, its method of institution. An under-dimensioned the diaconate male would only confirm the inequality between men and women. A risk that is not illusory so great is the fear of some that the women come too close to the sacrament of order.

In addition, too much focus on this issue, there is a risk of obscuring the true scale of the problem. It is the question of all ministries in the Church that must be reopened, as it affects both sexes and different states of life. Women write to me besides to tell me their waiting for a real conversion of the views and mindsets, prior to the esteem and equality. They pose the question of their legitimacy to hear the Word of God, demand that there should be a credit to their experience, that we include their voice in the word of the magisterium.

Where is the question of the diaconate precisely ?

A.-M. P. : In fact, it has not ceased to be asked, since Vatican II and the restoration of the permanent diaconate. By women, but also of bishops. The historical works are numerous. In 1997, the international theological Commission has been asked to formulate an opinion. The general trend has been to vote in favour of the diaconate for women, but this conclusion has been sidestepped.

In 2016, the superiors general of religious communities (UISG) have challenged pope Francis, who has set up a commission to examine the history of the tradition. It is given on the existence of deaconesses, but is separate on the manner in which they were instituted, by ordination or not.

Today the pope started a new commission, of which I am a part of. His work, to me, it seems, will have to start by asking the question of faithfulness to Tradition. Is it a reality still, as such a setting, we might not be able to repeat ? Or do we seek it not for a work of creativity, actualization, as taught to father Congar ?

Similarly, we will certainly do right in this Church, starting with the needs of the christian communities, take account of realities. Don’t forget that this commission extends the Synod on the Amazon, which has highlighted the reality of communities deprived of their priests, having survived that thanks to a christian dedicated to faith and the exercise of charity. We can hope that they are receiving an enabling institutional and sacramental. And that others are called to such a ministry is confirmed by ordination.

Would this not be the cléricaliser ?

A.-M. P. : In itself, this is not to be clericalized as receive a mandate from the bishop to the service of the ecclesial body. It all depends on the manner of carrying out the mission. And it is true that all mission in the Church is likely to be affected by this vice, that we call ” clericalism “. The antidote to this, it is the service, such as taught by the Christ, at the back of the human way of exercising power. Nothing that we or spontaneously natural. Yet I believe the women’s well arranged, and well endowed, for a disinterestedness truly evangelical.

What do you imagine to make alive this tradition ?

A.-M. P. : It should certainly not stick to what we can know about the past. The female diaconate was essentially dedicated to the service of women, especially in the celebration of baptism by immersion.

Today, we are in a configuration quite different, and indeed varies from country to country. This diversity must be taken into account, as are the new conditions of church life in a country like ours. The diaconate should allow them to baptize, celebrate marriages, as it would make their preaching accessible.

The same could revaluate the actions that are carriers of grace. So, when a woman – but also a man of religious non-priest receives a confession, even without being able to give absolution. The sacramental grace is not assignable to our only seven sacraments.

The context (the abuse crisis, in particular) is conducive to such changes ?

A.-M. P. : It must be a stimulant for a reflection of substantive and institutional revisions that must result from this. But the work to be carried out must also be done in the clear awareness that we live in a world where the anthropological question occupies the whole of the world.

The relationship between men and women is being questioned everywhere, and a way in which we should welcome. It must of course also refer to the Church. This is a chance for her to engage in a true work of gospel conversion. The chance of finding true inner balance, by having the courage to imagine the Church otherwise. The cause of women is also simply that of the Church. Can the one and the other not to be lost causes.

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What is the place of women in the Church ?

► What are the responsibilities assume responsibility for the women within the Church ?

Board members of episcopal, chancelières in charge of finance, responsible for the pastoral care of the… notably Under the impetus of pope Francis, the place of women in the governance of the catholic Church is undoubtedly the most enviable as it was two or three decades – and this, to the Vatican. In France, few are part of councils of the seminars (to accompany the training of future priests), but also advice for the appointment of priests (who decide on the allocation of parishes).

The general secretariat of the bishops ‘ Conference of France (CEF), which is open to the laity three years ago, now has three priests and three lay people, including one woman, Christine Naline, who said : “The novelty for me was to bring matters of pastoral care : we may rejoice in it. “ If the lay in responsibility have long been confined to the questions say “temporal” (economic, for example), their participation in the pastoral services is more recent.

In the field, Monique Baujard has been part of the pioneers. Director of the national service family and society of the EFC from 2009 to 2015, it also acknowledges the progress made, but considers them inadequate. “The authority remains committed to the presbyterate. No women’s words in no way commits the institution : it remains a word in private, a witness. ” A lay woman in the church’s mission adds that although she has the confidence of his bishop and that he is listening “in a personal capacity “, this is not the case at the institutional level, since it is not a member of the episcopal council of the diocese.

If some of these councils are now equal, most are composed in great majority of priests. “However, the priests do not have a specified term, in contrast to us, the laity : so, I know that I don siégerai not more than three years on the board “, says Mary-Anne Vitry, of the diocese of Angoulême, also a professor of philosophy. The episcopal council is in any way an instance and a vote, without power of decision.

► Governance is it related to ordination ?

“In the first centuries of christianity, under the roman Empire, explains the theologian Francois Moog, there has been a double movement: on the one hand a re-qualification of women, but on the other, a disqualification of the laity with a bureaucracy cleric who has focused the governance ordained. “ However, says he, the canon law current provides for a series of offices which may be filled by lay people, men as well as women. Thus a woman can occupy positions of responsibility within the Church and may be, for example, chancellor of the diocese, or ecclesiastical judge.

“Governance is embodied by a priest, or a bishop, but is worn by all, through councils “, says Christine Naline. However, as noted by sister Nathalie Becquart, head of the national service for the evangelization of youth and vocations from 2008 to 2018, “the last word “ always returns to the priest or to the bishop.

In addition, there is, according to it, a “distortion “ between the reality of the exercise of responsibilities by women and that the liturgy, “first visibility of the Church “, given to see. “The women have only a secondary role in the liturgy, their weight symbolic is less strong, whether we like it or not “, adds to the jesuit Étienne Grieu, president of the Centre Sèvres. For him, “if the women could comment on the word of God, it would be immediately in a position of authority “.

► The current context, can it make a difference ?

“In fifty years, the place of women in society has been turned upside down, notes sister Becquart. There is a generational thing, the Church is at the heart of the company and this new situation will necessarily raise for it too. It is a question of inculturation. “

But in the beginning, the accession of women to positions of responsibility in the Church she pointed to a choice or a necessity to overcome the shortage of priests ? “If there had been a priest available, competent, and interested, I would have perhaps not been named a delegate to episcopal for the German-speaking part of the canton of Fribourg “, notes with lucidity Marianne Pohl who will occupy this position for the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Freiburg from the 1er August. “The increased presence of women in the governance of the Church was more the result of a concrete need that a real theological reflection “, confirms Monique Baujard.

More than the crisis of vocations, it may be the sexual abuse crisis and of power, that has led bishops to act in favour of greater participation of the laity – and thus of women. “The sexual abuse crisis may have the effect of “beneficial” to raise awareness that there is an institutional problem “, explains the former head of service of the CEF.

“With their systemic aspect, adds Nathalie Becquart, the abuse show that the exit from the crisis passes through the path of synodality. “ For it, a number of bishops have understood that it was necessary to involve women, “not because they are better, but because better discernment requires of otherness “.

To call to give more importance to women within the Church, the religious xaviere also puts forward a factual, according to which the young men are now more believers than young women. “If the Church does not move, the women will continue to leave “, prevents Nathalie Becquart.

► What are the prospects for the coming years ?

Number of women in the Church say they wait with impatience for the next Synod of bishops in October 2022. It is already said that women could have the right to vote, this would be a first – this had not been the case for the Synod for the Amazon, in spite of the claims come from participating. But if the next Synod of bishops is the subject of attention on the part of women, it is mostly because of its theme, “For a Church the synod of bishops : communion, participation and mission,” the synodality is a subject dear to pope Francis.

“At the local level, and particularly in my own diocese, the synodality, this still remains an idea “, deplores Marie-Anne Vitry, in Angoulême, to which Germany is a model in the field. For her, “what is still lacking for women in the Church, it is to be seen as collaborators in full, with a real mutual esteem “. However, it requires a “conversion “, to which we must work at daily. “I will fight for that every day !, she says. It is sometimes difficult, when one is in face of men, inhabited by stereotypes of gender, in which a woman can only be a housewife or a nun. “

Another solution would be to entrust women’s ministries established. For the moment, these are two in number – the readership and acolytat – but are reserved for men. This track is also being considered at the highest levels of the Church : “We ask that the ministry established “the woman leader of community” is created and recognized “, requested by the synod fathers in the final document of the Synod for the Amazon.

“The needs are not those of two millennia ago : what ministries the Church has, does she need for tomorrow ? Priests and bishops, no doubt, but not only “, believes Monique Baujard. For her, it would be a mistake to think that the priestly ordination of women : “The risk would be to drag in a “mold” male, and that they were then also clerical than the men ! “ Another track could be to appoint, at the side of the bishop, a vicar general who is a layman, and so, sometimes a woman.

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Quinta da Bouça d’arques in Portugal

Wenn are “contactless” and “distant” now the Supreme maxims of the Holiday, then an old estate in the North of Portugal is perhaps the ideal place for the summer and the autumn, can be in Portugal until well into October warm. The Quinta da Bouça d’arques in Viana do Castelo is isolated, but to reach in one and a half hours from the airport of Porto. Who ends up with the night machine, reached the vineyard in the last light of the day: The door opens, the gravel crunching under the tires, the last of the swallows chase their dinner. The hills are dyed as if they were ripe apricot, the cork lot have oak to tell, about why and in what century the gigantic cracks in the root formed. The guest a walk among the vines therethrough in a nearly 400-year-old rich; the walls were so smart and subtle, as is to be found, unfortunately, rarely, some of the hidden modern buildings added. There, it sinks down behind the large Windows in bright rooms in a large bed, and on all the metallic Sound of cicadas is located.

Barbara Liepert

Responsible for the area of “travel” in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

The next Morning, announcing with a warm Wind, the heat of the coming day, you can see high trees and in the distance a sleepy village, which crouches in the hilly landscape. The grounds of the Quinta is so large that you meet sometimes at all to anyone, even if all eight rooms are occupied. The peace and quiet in the hills of the Minho appears to be infinite, there is always a slight Wind, and you just hear Church bells, birds chirping and a dog barking in the distance.

Breakfast with Camellia

Guests can enjoy Breakfast with a view on a very expansive, century-old Camellia or Brazilian foil trees, in good time before the tree umarmern of the 21st century are. Century ready and thorns on the trunk have formed. There are in addition to juices and bread rolls cheese and Goiabada, a kind of cut-resistant guava jam how to eat it in Brazil, like. In the 18th century. Century, there were in the Minho, the northernmost Region of Portugal, several waves of Emigration it will be called, especially to Brazil. This has turned now to the contrary, Portugal is the promised Land of wealthy immigrants fleeing from the cities of Brazil in search of social peace and the safe Sunny side of life to Europe.

Concrete can be so elegant: Two modern apartments.

The Breakfast is served in a basket at exactly the time on the terrace, which has been agreed with the administrator. Whose mobile phone number is the Hotline for requests of all kinds: bicycles to explore the area, wine tastings, Restaurant and shopping tips. The rooms and Cottages all come with small kitchenettes; almost everything illuminates on the markets of the area, can be taken home, except to also purchase live Chicks, which the children very much regret. But you can send the lemon to pluck; so there is homemade lemonade and distraction directly on the edge of a pool.

The Quinta opens on 1. July again; it is only the “honesty bar” and a community room with a fireplace are like the measures to be taken against Covid-19 victim – the cottage has now been in another vacation on the seven-acre property is transformed. From the Quinta you can explore the North of Portugal and Galicia, in neighboring Spain, Santiago de Compostela, is located two driving hours, also a couple of beaches are within easy reach. Guimarães is not far, here is the birthplace of the first Portuguese king is said to have confessed. In Braga, the oldest Cathedral in Portugal and one of the most beautiful Baroque staircases in the world to visit; the best views in the North of Portugal, the Church of Santa Luzia, located on a hill above the old town of Viana do Castelo is enthroned. The 90 000 inhabitants of a great city is not 20 minutes, it can be reached via the Eiffel bridge, which the French engineer, at the end of the 19th century. Century over the Rio Lima has riveted. The port promenade is a ornamental, the Portuguese Pritzker prize laureate Souto de Moura has designed the local cultural centre.

But strictly speaking, you do not need to leave the Quinta at all, if you are looking for architectural pearls: The architect Paula Sousa Pinheiro, who comes from the area, has landed a small quiet Coup: she manages to leave the old walls of the Quinta in the foreground and in the yard of the Ensemble by an equally modern as it is timeless simple and order to complement to the Old matching installation. Bare concrete suddenly becomes the stone, the old trees of the Quinta to the light, as if they were sculptures: cork oaks, hundreds of years old, gnarled and twisted as the landscape.

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In Dan brown’s novels, the Opus Dei is a powerful secret society. Is that true?


For penitent, believing, self-inflicting pain, is the imitation of Christ: scourge and spiked chain
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In Dan brown’s novels, the Opus Dei is a powerful secret society. Is that true? The members of scourge, really? Christoph Bockamp directs the organization in Germany and answers.

In the novel “the da Vinci code” by Dan Brown an alleged Opus Dei-trailer slays a sister, because she says she could not recognize the Opus Dei the message of Christ. It sucks that many connect this fiction with your organization?

Thank God this is not the case. Yes you can still distinguish Hollywood from reality of life. This is blood and love, and conspiracy, all together. Also, everything has its amusing sides, even if there are things that I like. After all, that has created a lot of opportunities to talk with people about the Opus Dei, but above all about the gospel. In sum, this is positive rather than negative.

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