Grief for Brazilian fire victims: The Church of England Newspaper, February 10, 2013 p 7. February 15, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, Church of England Newspaper.
Tags: Arthur Cavalcante, Francisco de Assis, Miguel Uchoa, Santa Maria nightclub fire
The nightclub fire that killed 237 young people last week has led to an outpouring of grief in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria.
In the early morning hours of 27 Jan 2013, a fire broke out at fresher’s ball for new students at the Federal University of Santa Maria at a local nightclub when a member of one of the ignited a firework while on stage. The device, later determined to have been a signal flare, ignited foam insulation in the ceiling.
The Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB) the Rev. Arthur Cavalcante, telephoned Bishop Francisco de Assis of the Diocese Sul Ocidental to offer the church’s condolences and solidarity “to the public of Santa Maria and to seek more information about the incident.”
Bishop de Assis “extended his thanks for the many messages of solidarity from all of Brazil and from Anglican churches worldwide. The Cathedral of Santa Maria, located close to the site of the tragedy, held a prayer vigil this Sunday,” the IEAB reported.
Bishop Miguel Uchoa of Recife told The Church of England Newspaper the death toll was expected to rise as hundreds had been injured in the stampede to flee the burning building. “The Diocese of Recife and it´s churches has been praying for the people and the city there since the morning of that Sunday” fire, bishop said.
Police report that over 90 per cent of the victims died of smoke inhalation. Colonel Guido Pedroso de Melo of the Rio Grande do Sul Fire Department stated that the club’s only exit, the front door, was locked. “This overcrowding made it difficult for people to leave, and according to the information we have, the security guards trapped the victims inside.”
Last week’s night club fire was Brazil’s most deadly blaze since a circus fire killed more than 500 people in Niterói in 1961.
Anglican Unscripted: November 24, 2012 November 25, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican.TV, Church of England, South Carolina, The Episcopal Church.
Tags: General Synod, Justin Welby, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Mark Lawrence, Miguel Uchoa, Recife, Rowan Williams
This week Kevin and George talk about the Diocese of South Carolina and the response to their vote to leave the Episcopal Church. Peter talks about the recent vote for Women Bishop in the Church of England and Allan Haley discusses the legal ramifications facing the Diocese of South Carolina and the Episcopal Church. And as always there is much much more in Episode 57. #AU57 comments to firstname.lastname@example.org — Thanks to all who sent money for George’s new camera — sadly Kevin told George the wrong settings for HD…
Tags: Diocese of Recife, Miguel Uchoa
The rector of the largest Anglican parish in South America has been elected Bishop of Recife. On 15 Sept 2012 the Rev. Miguel Ângelo de Andrade Uchoa Cavalcanti, rector of the Paróquia Anglicana Espírito Santo in Jaboatão dos Guararapes in the state of Pernambuco was elected fourth bishop of the diocese in succession to the late Dr. Robinson Cavalcanti.
Two candidates stood for election and on the first ballot Fr. Uchoa received 79.5 per cent of the lay and 69.3 per cent of the clergy votes from the 58 lay and 52 clergy delegates present, defeating the rival candidate, suffragan Bishop Evilásio Tenório. In 2005, the bishop and almost all of the Recife clergy were expelled from the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil. Bishop Cavalcanti, his clergy and approximately 90 per cent of the congregations moved under the oversight of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone and are linked to the Anglican Church in North America.
In a statement released after the synod, Bishop-elect Uchoa said he was humbled by his election. It was now his duty to “fulfill God’s call to this new phase of my life and ministry. But, I must emphasize, that the call does not just happen in my life. It is a call to our diocese, for the people, the clergy, the leaders of all communities, for the whole Church of Christ gathered in the Diocese of Recife” to “serve God and to align with His perfect will.”
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.