mas confesso que esta, nem eu poderia ter previsto.
sexta-feira, maio 23, 2008
segunda-feira, maio 19, 2008
Decidi fazer isso e fiquei encantada com esta velhinha!
Irena Sendler (in Polish also: Irena Sendlerowa; de domo Krzyżanowska; February 15, 1910 – May 12, 2008) was a Polish social worker. During World War II she was an activist in the Polish Underground and the Żegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children's homes outside the Ghetto. During the World War II German occupation of Poland, Sendler lived in Warsaw (before that she lived in Tarczyn) while working for the city's Social Welfare Department. Under the pretext of conducting inspections of sanitary conditions during a typhoid outbreak, Sendler visited the ghetto and smuggled out babies and small children in ambulances and trams, sometimes disguising them as packages. She also used the old courthouse of the edge of the Warsaw Ghetto (still standing) as one of the main routes of smuggling children out. She started helping Jews a long time before the Warsaw Ghetto was established. As early as 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland, she began helping Jews by offering them food and shelter. Irena and her helpers made over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families, before she joined Zegota and the children's division. Helping Jews was very risky — in German-occupied Poland, all household members were punished by death if a hidden Jew was found in their house. This punishment was more severe than those applied in other occupied European countries. In December 1942, the newly created Children's Section of the Żegota (Council for Aid to Jews), nominated her (under her cover name Jolanta) to head its children's department. As an employee of the Social Welfare Department, she had a special permit to enter the Warsaw Ghetto, to check for signs of typhus, something the Nazis feared would spread beyond the ghetto. During the visits, she wore a Star of David as a sign of solidarity with the Jewish people and so as not to call attention to herself. She cooperated with the Children's Section of the Municipal Administration, linked with the RGO (Central Welfare Council), a Polish Relief Organization tolerated under German supervision. She organized the smuggling of Jewish children from the Ghetto, carrying them out in boxes, suitcases and trolleys. The children were placed with Polish families, the Warsaw orphanage of the Sisters of the Family of Mary or Roman Catholic convents such as the Sisters Little Servants of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mary at Turkowice and Chotomów. Some were smuggled to priests in parish rectories where they could be further hidden. She hid lists of their names in jars, in order to keep track of their original and new identities. Zegota assured the children that, when the war was over, they must be returned to Jewish relatives. In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured, and sentenced to death. Żegota saved her by bribing the German guards on the way to her execution. She was left in the woods, unconscious and with broken arms and legs. She was listed on public bulletin boards as among those executed. For the remainder of the war, she lived in hiding, but continued her work for the Jewish children. After the war, she dug up the jars containing the children's identities and began an attempt to find the children and return them to living parents. However, almost all the children's parents had died at the Treblinka extermination camp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler
quarta-feira, maio 07, 2008
Tive a honra de lhe ser apresentado há 15 dias atrás, a propósito da reunião de apresentação dos crismandos e posteriormente a graça de participar na missa a que presidiu no passado dia 3 de Maio, em que ministrou o sacramento da confirmação aos jovens da 3ª vigararia de Lisboa, entre os quais se contavam os "meus meninos" da catequese.
Fica aqui um excerto da Agência Ecclesia:
D. Joaquim Mendes fora nomeado Bispo Auxiliar do Patriarcado de Lisboa a 31 de Janeiro, por Bento XVI. O seu lema episcopal é o mesmo que escolheu a quando da ordenação sacerdotal: “Eu estou no meio de vós, como aquele que serve” (Lc 22,27). Ao prelado, de 59 anos, foi atribuído o título de Bispo titular de Caliabria, junto de Ciudad Rodrigo.
D. Joaquim Augusto da Silva Mendes nasceu a 14 de Março de 1948, sendo natural de Castelões de Cepeda (Paredes), diocese do Porto. Ingressou no Noviciado da Congregação Salesiana, em Manique, a 4 de Outubro de 1974 e emitiu os votos perpétuos na Sociedade Salesiana de S. João de Bosco 15 de Abril de 1981. Recebeu a ordenação sacerdotal a 24 de Julho de 1983. É licenciado em Teologia pela Universidade Católica Portuguesa e em Teologia Espiritual pela Universidade Pontifícia Salesiana, de Roma.
Exerceu, entre outros cargos, os de Assistente Diocesano do Renovamento Carismático Católico na diocese do Porto (1991-1999); Presidente da Conferência Regional dos Institutos Religiosos da diocese do Porto (1993-1996); Membro do Conselho presbiteral da diocese do Porto, em representação dos Institutos Religiosos (1994-2000); Membro da Direcção da Conferência Nacional dos Institutos Religiosos (2002-2005). Na Família Salesiana, além de outros cargos, foi Superior Maior da Província Portuguesa (1999-2005) e Director da Escola Salesiana de Manique, lugar que desempenhou com a maior aceitação e prestígio.
Na Bula pontifícia de nomeação, Bento XVI frisa que “atendendo às dimensões da Igreja do Patriarcado de Lisboa e ao seu grande número de católicos, é conveniente que haja vários Bispos Auxiliares a animá-la, a fim de não ser negligenciada a obra de salvação dos cristãos”.