Padre from Braga asks the PJ “the same speed” to find missing children

The parish priest of Priscos appealed this Sunday to the Judiciary Police to have the same speed for missing children, as happened to João Rendeiro.

João Torres, speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Presépio Vivo de Priscos, this Sunday, in Braga, congratulated the Judiciary Police for having detained João Rendeiro, in South Africa, but said “it is also necessary for the PJ to have the means and human resources to help these families find their missing children”.

Photo: THE MINHO

According to the also responsible for the Pastoral Penitentiary of Braga, “we should reflect if the same means to catch this fugitive to justice, after three months, if they were the same 23 years ago to look for Rui Pedro, because I don’t see the national authorities to have the same commitment to looking for these missing children as they have in other circumstances”.

Father João Torres, parents of Rui Pedro and Archbishop Jorge Ortiga. Inauguration of the nativity scene. Photo: THE MINHO

“In a Rule of Law like ours, it is almost a crime not to look at the needs of these families”, lamented Father João Torres, about the high number of missing children in Portugal, the theme of the Crib of Priscos this year 2021, which brought the parents of the most popular case, that of Rui Pedro, Filomena Teixeira and Manuel Mendonça, from Lousada, district of Porto.

“The objective of this initiative is to encourage the population and the media to reflect on all the children who have been reported missing and spread a message of hope and solidarity on an international level for parents and other families who are experiencing this problem”, presented the organization of the crib, in a statement, before the inauguration.

This year’s theme also intends “to lead authorities to reflect on prevention and on the strategies to be implemented, in collaboration with the entities responsible for Education, Justice and Security”.

Photo: THE MINHO

“And we, as citizens, when these things happen, we also have to do something for these families,” said the priest, after criticizing “the lack of state support for these people who have missing children. “Where is the psychological, legal and other assistance for them?” he asked.

Inauguration of the nativity scene. Photo: THE MINHO

Manuel Mendonça, father of Rui Pedro Mendonça, confirmed that there was never “any help from the State” and added that “the PJ, after a month, closed our son’s case”. He also thanked “all the invaluable support of the lawyer Ricardo Sá Fernandes”.

Parents of Rui Pedro, Father João Torres and Ricardo Rio. Inauguration of the nativity scene. Photo: THE MINHO

“We are a country of gluttons”

Talking about not having financed the crib yet, despite having won the Participatory Budget in 2018, Father João Torres considered that “we are a country of gluttons”. “And also our Church in Portugal must stop being once and for all a stick ordered by national politics, the Church must have a more active voice”, he added.

Father João Torres and mother of Rui Pedro. Photo: THE MINHO

The parish priest says that the “situation” is not going forward “because there are too many politicians and too many to eat and everyone has to explain to each other. That is a bureaucratic machine, in which some say yes, but then others say no”.

Father João Torres. Photo: THE MINHO

Regarding the adhesion to the Church by the faithful, the parish priest of Priscus lamented that “many people only come to the Church at funerals”, because in this way “we will be a Church of the dead, but we will have to be a Church of the living”, recommending inversion of the situation, because “a Church that lives on the dead has no future”.

Nativity scene open until January 9th

With its first edition in 2006, the live nativity scene in Priscos has a space of 30 thousand square meters as a stage, with more than 90 sets and 600 extras.

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Exhibition of labores and costumes of the Hebrew and Roman newspaper.

The constructions are made by the parishioners of the village of Priscos, with the help of inmates of the Prisional Establishment of Braga.

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

Photo: CM Braga

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Padre from Braga asks the PJ “the same speed” to find missing children

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