Sanctuary of Christ the RedeemerOne of the world's greatest icons, now closer to you. of the Week - 03 December 2014 Catholic Church lives the liturgical season of Advent, marked by the expectation of the arrival of the Lord,who comes at Christmas and who will come at the end of time. The constant presence of the Eucharistic Christ in the Chapel of Our Lady of Aparecida, on top of Corcovado, revives in us the certainty that if his promise 'I am with you every day until the end of the world' was fulfilled, his return will also be.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:00:00 -0200Reflection of the Week - 26 November 2014 a beautiful scenery as the top of Corcovado leads us to reflect on life. And to stand before the monument to Christ the Redeemer gives us the opportunity to present our joys to God, but also the sorrows and difficulties. The sharing of these emotions is an act of surrender of who we are and of what we have to the Lord, in a wonderful exercise of spirituality that always motivates and makes us grow in the faith.Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0200Reflection of the Week - 22 October 2014 opened your eyes today, you are breathing, your heart is beating ... It’s alive! Living is a small-big miracle that happens to us every day. And yet, we forget it! We all have problems and difficulties. But nothing is more important than the wonderful gift of life, that opens to us, daily, endless possibilities to make our existence and that of our brothers, even better!Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0200Reflection of the Week - 15 October 2014 the day dawn beautiful? The sky being sunny or cloudy can’t be the explanation. What makes something truly beautiful is how you see it. If you notice every good and perfect thing in you, as well as all the wonderful gifts you have received from God throughout life, even the grayer day will gain color to your eyes. Contemplate these details and thank. It's good!Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Blessing to visitors 12, Sunday, at 8am, Monument to Christ the Redeemer <br><br> <p><br></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Presentation of SARCA Band 12, Sunday, at 10 am, Christ the Redeemer Monument <br><br> <p><br></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Mass for the 83 years anniversary of Christ the Redeemer 12, Sunday, 11am, Christ the Redeemer Monument <br><br> <p><br></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Angelus Prayer 12, Sunday, at 12 am, Christ the Redeemer Monument <br><br> <p><br></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Birthday cake for the 83 years of Christ the Redeemer 12, Sunday, at 12:30 pm, Monument to Christ the Redeemer <br><br> <p><br></p>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -03001st Feijoada & Samba Friends of Christ 11, Saturday, from 12pm Casa Maternal Mello Mattos <br><br> <p><br></p>Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Vigil Prayer of the Youth Sector of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro 11, Saturday, from 22h, Chapel of Our Lady Aparecida <br><br> <p><br></p>Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Action of Love of Christ the Redeemer 10, Friday, from 10h to 17h, Casa Maternal Mello Mattos <br><br> <p><br></p>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Special lighting for Pink October 10, Friday, from 18h to 20h, Monument to Christ the Redeemer <br><br> <p><br></p>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Christ the Redeemer: access from anywhere in the world<p>Opening the festivities in commemoration of its 83 years, Christ the Redeemer - a great Brazilian love - received dynamic lighting, in the colors green and yellow, on the night of Wednesday, October 8, when were launched the official website of the Institution and its profiles in social networks.</p><p>The rector of the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, Father Omar Raposo, opened the festivities with a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, patroness of Brazil, throughout the plateau of the Monument, for the blessing to visitors, in different languages. English, Polish and Colombian were among those who were able to participate in this special time of prayer. After, a Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the new communication vehicle of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro.</p><p>The site</p><p>From now on, people from anywhere in the world may know Christ the  Redeemer and stay informed about everything that goes on top of Corcovado, through the internet, the official website <a href=""></a> and the social networks (twitter. com / cristoredentor) (<a href=""></a>) and (<a href=""></a>).</p><p>The institutional website is bilingual (Portuguese / English), very modern and brings interesting innovations such as Landscape 360° - that lets us know not only the panoramic view of the Monument, but also information about other attractions nearby - and the history 1 click - which, by illustrations, tells everything that happened over the years of the Monument’s existance, with a simple and dynamic language.</p><p>Some curiosities related to the history of Christ the Redeemer will be known. And all about the opening hours and tickets, as well as information about the religiosity of the Sanctuary, supporting companies and the schedule of what happens on top of Corcovado are available.</p><p>You can also send prayer requests and schedule pilgrimages, baptisms and weddings. Those who access the site will also earn the gift of weekly reflections and articles from the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, and from the rector of the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, Father Omar Raposo.</p><p>A couple from Minas Gerais, who lives in Uberlândia, and is on the eve of the birth of their first son Francis, during their visit to Christ the Redeemer, was pleased with the novelty of being able to make requests over the Internet: </p><p>- For us it will be a dream to schedule over the site our son’s baptism in the Chapel of the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer.</p><p></p><blockquote>My gift to Christ the Redeemer is to show all my love</blockquote><p>The launch of the site, which mentions the top ten reasons to love Christ the Redeemer increasingly, suggests a movement in social networks: to declare love for him, as a gift for his 83 years.<br>"Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of Brazil. And he is loved by us, Brazilians, and also much loved by foreigners. So we say on social networks #CristoAmorBrasileiro. We all love you! And, in this party of 83 years, we will declare this love for the whole world," calls Father Omar.</p><p>In order to participate simply:</p><p>1. Take a picture holding a paper with the hashtag #CristoAmorBrasileiro e <a href=""></a></p><p style="line-height: 3;">2. Post the photo in social networks with the phrase "On the anniversary of Christ the Redeemer, my gift is to show all my love #CristoAmorBrasileiro <a href=""></a>"<br>3. Schedule 3 friends to pass forward the desire to demonstrate love for Christ the Redeemer.</p><p><br></p>Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:55:47 -0300Mass of Celebration of 130 years of the Corcovado Train 09, Thursday, at 11am, Corcovado Train Station <br><br> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Special lighting for World Sight Day 09, Thursday, at 18:30, Christ the Redeemer Monument <br><br> <p><br></p>Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0300Do not be afraid of what God asks of you<div>We live in a world in which everything changes all the time. We receive countless information every minute and, thanks to globalization and to the speed of information through the internet, we have a feeling that all things around us happen too fast and are not ever lasting. </div><div><br></div><div>But does everything really need to be ephemeral? Do we have to be this "walking metamorphosis" as sung by Raul Seixas? We can’t be like this, especially with regard to people. The ones who are part of our life today can’t be disregarded tomorrow, just because everything changes all the time and we decided to change our mind, even about our feelings and choices. This is not "being open" to new life, but to adhere to what is temporary, relativizing everything, including our commitment to each other.</div><div><br></div><div>It is interesting to remember Pope Francis’ posture during the meeting with the World Youth Day volunteers, here in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013, when he requested: "God calls us for definitive choices. (...) In the culture of the temporary, of the relative, many preach that the important thing is "to enjoy" the moment, that is not worth to commit for life, to make definitive choices, "forever", since we do not know what tomorrow reserves.</div><div><br></div><div>As a result of that I ask you to be revolutionary, I ask that you go against the tide; yes, I ask you to rebel: to rebel against this culture of the provisory that, deep down, believes that you are not able to take responsibilities, believes that you are not able to truly love. I have confidence in you, young people, and I pray for you. "</div><div><br></div><div>The discovery of our vocation and our donation to each other through it, is something beautiful, sacred, and the full path to our personal fulfillment. If you are, like me, called to priesthood, or if your vocation is to matrimony, or even to the religious life, you need to stop being afraid of what God is asking of you! Yes, you are capable of assuming definitive commitments. Are you up to the challenge?  We’re together in this!</div><div><br></div>Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:10:12 -0300Projections on the Monument warn about climate change<div>Christ the Redeemer participated in the international campaign conceived by Avaaz, with projected writings at the Monument, on the evening of Thursday, 18, to alert people about climate change.</div><div><br></div><div>Artists such as Caetano Veloso, Dira Paes, Sérgio Marone and Fernando Meirelles embraced the cause and lent their images to the Brazilian advertising campaign that can be seen on subways, buses and vehicles of communication in Rio. Conceived by Avaaz community of online activism, the initiative brings together more than 950 national and international organizations, and dozens of celebrities of various nationalities.</div><div><br></div><div>In addition to the projections, on Sunday, the 21st, there will be a walk FOR the climate in Rio de Janeiro and simultaneously in other cities such as New York, Berlin, Paris and London. The Avaaz activist, Nana Queiroz explained the action:</div><div><br></div><div>"The Christ is an international symbol and nothing better than him to help unite humanity in favor of a cause, which will define how we live in the future."</div><div><br></div><div>The intention of the campaign is to ask for the adoption of energy sources 100% green by 2050. It prepares the ground for the Summit of Climate Leaders, convened by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, which will occur in New York, on September 23rd.</div><div><br></div><p></p> <p>Credits: O Dia</p>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:15:18 -0300Charity and Sharing<div>We are living in our archdiocese the “Year of Charity”. At this time, within what the Pastoral Plan has programmed, we are called to organize ourselves better at our "social charity" jobs.</div><div><br></div><div>Pope Francis launched a global campaign on Human Rights Day last year: "One human family, bread and justice for all people", organized by the World Caritas. The Pope himself recalled in his speech: "So, dear brothers and dear sisters, I invite you to open a space in your hearts for this urgency, respecting the God-given right to everyone to have access to adequate food. We share what we have in Christian charity with those who are forced to face many obstacles to meet such a primary need; and at the same time, we promote genuine cooperation with the poor, so that by the fruits of their and of our work, we can live a dignified life. I invite all institutions of the world, the whole Church and each of us as one human family, to give voice to all the people who starve quietly, so that this voice becomes a scream that can shake the world "!</div><div><br></div><div>As a social legacy of the World Youth Day held last year, was created a "network" for referrals of addicts. We also wanted to celebrate the first anniversary of the WYD with a large food drive for Haiti. The news reaching us are that there is a famine, that nutrition would be the "great sickness", particularly of children. Hence our concrete gesture in collecting food for distribution in Haiti.</div><div><br></div><div>We know that social work is a consequence of evangelization, of love to our neighbor. We will know if we are really evangelizing when we feel the answer to the needs of mission, catechesis and social work by our people. Accordingly, in this Year of Charity, we could see the great strides that are being made</div><div><br></div><div>Meditating on the Gospels, impresses us the message of Christ founded totally in love to others, in charity. Jesus shows us the Father as the giver of all, who loves us enough to give the death of his Son for the salvation of men. In various responses to the Pharisees and the doctors of the Law, Jesus reaffirmed the first commandment of love of God, but, soon after, full of love for the neighbor, who are similar to Him. Illustrated in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10, 25-37).</div><div><br></div><div>The letters of John the Apostle insist on the same catechetical aspect, and with apostolic clarity state that the one who claims to love God and does not love his brother is a liar. He continues by stating that it is very easy to proclaim that we love God, whom we do not see, but despise the brothers, who are on our side. Where is charity, where is love? (1Jn 4,20).</div><div><br></div><div>St. Paul, in his Letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 13), proclaims and exalts charity. We are led to interpret this hymn as love for the Heavenly Father. But the apostle speaks of the excellence of love between the brothers. Though I speak with the tongues of angels, and have all the science, without charity would be a sounding brass whose sound is lost in the broken hills. Soon afterwards he teaches us on what charity consists: in patience, humility, in doing good, by longsuffering, by sharing pain and joy with the brothers, in the so difficult forgiveness. He concludes with the perpetuity of love and charity. Everything stops when it comes to perfection, except charity, by which we will be measured.</div><div><br></div><div>On Judgment Day, when the Son of Man in His glory, comes to judge us, writes the Evangelist Matthew, He will ask us about our heart, if it was opened or closed over the little ones living in our homes, in our neighborhood, in our community. An old song reminds us, "How can I be happy if to the poor, my brother, I closed my heart, my love I refused." Already in this mortal life, we can feel the delights of this fraternal life, as we say in the Psalm: "how good and how ordinary life is joyful among brothers." It is not easy to exercise that charity; the hindrance of sin inherited from Adam leads us to another kind of life. Connoisseur of human nature, Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount gives us practical rules of his experience.</div><div><br></div><div>And as if His Word was not enough, He gave us His example: Love one another as I have loved you, and gave himself for our sake on the Cross. </div><div><br></div><div>From this brief reflection, we wanted to make a brief meditation on the meaning and importance of charity in the community and in personal life.</div><div><br></div><div>When the Gospel permeates our lives, even the attitudes of sharing have other weight and connotation. The collection of food to the Food Campaign for Haiti exceeded all expectations! Praised be God! The cariocas demonstrated their openness to the other, the concern for their brothers. We have seen this happen when receiving the young people at the WYD. Now, also in the food donation. We are finalizing the preparation and packaging of what was collected to send to the destination, to be distributed by the Franciscan missionary Catholic community is in Haiti.</div><div><br></div><div>But, I would also like to thank the efforts of all in the collection of these foods to help our Haitian brothers. We wanted to share the little that we have with our brothers in Haiti who are in a situation of material and human misery. Our Fundraising Campaign happened from July 26 until September 14, with donations of food and cash donation in the bank account of the Archdiocesan Caritas. We achieved and exceed our goal! This demonstrates that the opening to other exists in the hearts of our people! In the same way this was possible, it will also be in the continuous search to welcome and to help the neighbor in the brother who is on our side.</div><div><br></div><div>Therefore, my thanks to the auxiliary bishops, episcopal vicars, the Franciscan friars in the Providence of God, the priests, the entities, the consecrated, the deacons and all the beloved people of God who struggled so that we could conduct this campaign . This gesture showed how important is this "getting out of ourselves" to look the needy other and sharing. A generous response moved all and made us thank the Lord for the signs we see happening in our city.</div><div><br></div><div>To everyone my wishes for "peace and prosperity", and that God's blessing be upon each one of you. I call you to never be weary of repeating the gesture of a great carioca who is heading to the altars, our dear Bishop Luciano Mendes de Almeida, who taught us the concrete gesture that everyone lived: "how can I help", or , what can I do to help you? Repeat that question often in our daily lives. That in all things God may be glorified!.</div><div><br></div>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0300Do what needs to be done<div>Have you ever stopped to think that so often we get full of moorings to do good, by thinking about what others will think or even for considering that such a thing does not suit us well at some point? I am convinced that God often speaks to us through intuition, giving direction so that our attitudes can reach others, but our heart is closed in selfishness and vanity.</div><div><br></div><div>And then we do not even realize how simple it is to be a missionary! We only need that, in our heart, there is the willingness to put ourselves at service. Pope Francis, while praying the Angelus Prayer in Copacabana, in 2013, at the World Youth Day would remind us about it making memory of how much Our Lady acted as a missionary, in the simplicity with which she placed herself at the disposal of the brothers. </div><div><br></div><div>"Having received the grace to be the Mother of the Word Incarnate, she did not keep that gift for herself, she felt responsible and departed out of her house and went, in a hurry, to visit her cousin Elizabeth who needed help (cf. Lk 1, 38-39). She fulfilled a gesture of love, charity and concrete service, taking Jesus who she bore in her womb. And she hurried to make this gesture ", the Pope said.</div><div><br></div><div>The only woman who, in fact, had the "King in the belly", did not stick to the alleged status of mother of the Savior, being "closed in herself". On the contrary! By knowing who she was carrying in her womb, she did not deny the service. That's because she was not arrogant. She recognized herself only as a servant.</div><div><br></div><div>And a vision like this changes everything! For the servant knows that his role is to do what needs to be done. I want, like Mary, to do what needs to be done. I can’t get stuck on selfishness or vanity. More important than any status is the simplest and yet also the noblest task: to be a missionary. I am willing to commit my life to the service of others. And you up to the challenge? We’re together in this!</div><div><br></div>Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:55:51 -0300