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  • NSIEAB 10:38 AM on 04/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Tragedy at Tasso da Silveira School in Rio de Janeiro 

    Brasilia, April 7th, 2011.

    “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11,25.

    With great sadness we have been witnessing a day of tragedy in a school environment, at Tasso da Silveira school, in Rio de Janeiro.

    It is time for us to discuss our security system, specially the security in our public schools.

    It was a beautiful day, which looked like a normal day, just one more day of school for so many young students of Tasso da Silveira elementary, in Rio de Janeiro.

    In this tragedy, people close and people far away are sorry and are united in pain with the parents of the 12 murdered children. We too, from the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, are sorry and praying to God that He may comfort these families, wipe their tears and renew their hope in the resurrection.

    The moment is of pain. Pain for the parents of Larissa, Bianca, Géssica, Karine, Marissa, Samira, Ana Carolina, Luiza Paula, Laryssa, Milena and Rafael.

    Our prayer today is that “God, in all his kindness and mercy, comfort all these families in their pain, hold them together in His love so that they may be strengthen by his Grace. That they trust in His mercy and face the future days with courage and confidence in God’s Grace”.

    With our sympathy and prayers,


    The Most Rev. Mauricio Andrade

    Primate of IEAB

  • NSIEAB 10:08 AM on 04/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – third day 

    Bishop Philip Poole and Canon Kenneth Kearon talked to an audience of more than one hundred people at the Cathedral of the Redeemer’s parish hall. Bishop Poole explained what the Compass Rose Society is about, while Canon Kearon gave a talk on the state of the Anglican Communion. People from the audience asked a few questions. Two online viewers also sent questions which were answered as well. People from the Cathedral’s congregation prepared a delicious meal for all guests, which included some typical Brazilian plates. All of us in Rio are very thankful for the work of the Compass Rose Society and for this opportunity, and wish all of them a safe travel to Belém!

    The website http://compassrose.ieab.org.br has more news stories about the Compass Rose mission trip to Brazil.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 11:26 PM on 04/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – second day 

    On the second day of the Compass Rose visit, members went to Cidade de Deus, a poor community in Rio de Janeiro. There, they learned more about Christ the King Church and visited its ecumenical partners.

    Visit http://compassrose.ieab.org.br for more stories.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 11:53 AM on 04/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – first day 

    On the first day of the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil, members went to Araras, a district of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro State. There, they visited the Anglican School, St. Michael and All Angels’ Mission and other projects coordinated by Anglican Social Action Rio de Janeiro.

    After that, the group visited areas that were affected by floods and mudslides. Many of the visitors, who represented sister churches of the Anglican Communion, witnessed a bit of the devastation that took place in the mountainous Rio de Janeiro countryside.

    More news stories about the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil can be read on http://compassrose.ieab.org.br.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 9:52 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Relief efforts continue in Rio de Janeiro State 

    The death toll in Rio de Janeiro State continues to rise, after deadly rainstorms, never before seen in the region, which brought devastating destruction to Região Serrana, the Central Mountainous region of the State.

    This area was originally occupied by large plantations, which in the 19th Century gave place to Swiss and German immigration. With the development of Brazil’s road system, its proximity to the city of Rio de Janeiro turned the region into a main hub for state tourism. Rio inhabitants would vacation or retire in the semi-rural and rural areas of the region, where they could enjoy mild summers and chilly-to-cold winters, surrounded by natural parks and untouched forests. Cities remained small, but tourism undoubtedly attracted internal migration and urban growth.

    However, after unusually heavy storms hit this bucolic region, which according to Rio de Janeiro’s Environment State Institute, only occur every 350 years, entire neighborhoods were covered by water and mud, which killed more than 700 people and left at least 13,000 displaced. Streams turned into raging rivers, slopes collapsed and the topography of many mountains changed dramatically. The rich and the poor were both affected, as mansions and simple houses irregularly built on slopes were instantly covered in water and mud. The most affected municipalities were Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis and São José do Vale do Rio Preto.

    With blocked roads and limited electricity and telephone services, the tasks of rescuing victims, burying the dead and providing shelter to those who lost everything, has become increasingly difficult. According to the Rev. Ivaldo Correia, former vicar of Calvary Church in Nova Friburgo, and the current diocesan treasurer of Rio de Janeiro, local parishioners have lost their houses and are being sheltered by the church. In Petrópolis, it is reported that employees and relatives of the IEAB’s Anglican School and parish in the Araras district, were affected by the storms which hit the neighboring Cuiabá Valley hard.

    IEAB and the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro thank all who have been supporting relief efforts in Rio. Bishop Filadelfo Oliveira reported that on the 16th, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, contacted him to assure all people in Rio of his prayers and support. The Anglican Communion News Service has been covering the disaster since the beginning and forwarding IEAB’s appeals. Thus, more and more friends in Christ have been finding ways of reaching the Diocese of Rio and expressing their support.

    The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, with which Rio de Janeiro has a companionship process, has sent a plea to all North Georgia Episcopalians, asking them to “receive offerings in support of the Brazilian relief efforts on Sunday, Jan. 23, and/or Sunday, Jan.30.” It’s Department of Finance has also provided an easy way for people to give donations online. It can be accessed here.

    A Brazilian account was also set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    In case you send through any of those, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged.

    Funds transferred for relief efforts will be used entirely to help victims rebuild their lives. The IEAB is working with its partner relief agents to ensure that those donations will be sent to those in need. Some of the affected people worked in farming, and have lost even their source of income. It is not known if it will be possible for them to go back to areas which were formerly thought to be safe. Those affected by the flooding all need clothing, food and basic hygiene suppliesl. Rio de Janeiro’s diocesan offices have been receiving those kinds of donations as well.

    Family pets and livestock have also been displaced and separated from their families. Because of the health hazards posed by such a sudden increase in homeless animals, and because of our call to be good stewards of all creation, the Anglican Network for the Care of Creation, headed by the Rev. Josi Saldanha, is working with local partners to help farmers relocate their cattle, chickens, and other farm animals, and thus offer some hope of re-establishing their livelihood as farmers. It is also receiving donations to help rescue and reunite pets with their families, or, when that is not possible, find new homes for them.

    Rio de Janeiro Anglicans ask their brothers and sisters abroad to pray especially for the repose of the souls of the hundreds of people who lost their lives in the recent floods, for their relatives, for people left homeless living in shelters, for relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro, for government officials as they discern how to deal with reconstruction, and for the church communities in the area, especially Calvary, St. Michael and All Angels and the Anglican School of Araras. The IEAB also asks for prayers for other victims of similar catastrophes in Australia, Sri Lanka and the Phillipines. Pray that we may have wisdom in learning how to respect, care for and protect this planet, and that we will find ways to prevent such tragic loss from happening in future catastophes.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

  • NSIEAB 8:28 PM on 01/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB in solidarity with vicitms of flooding diaster in SE Brazil 

    As you all can see in the news, unusually heavy rain has been falling in Southeastern Brazil for days. The mountains in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro State have been affected by the worst rainstorms in their history. In cities such as Teresópolis, Petrópolis and Nova Friburgo, hundreds of people have instantly died due to mudslides that caused entire hills to collapse. It is by far considered the worst catastrophe in Brazilian history.

    The area is served by two Anglican communities, plus an Anglican school, and it is time we unite to them and try to help all affected families. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro is raising funds and donations through its Diocesan Offices and asking all to dedicate this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany to praying and helping all victims.

    The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira, Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, has issued an appeal to all who can contribute with donations and prayers.

    Peace and goodwill to all.

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Mt. 25:35.

    As we see the tragedy that has affected the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro State, we cannot help but be in shock with the numbers of victims, and concerned with the lack of care for the environment that increases weather related catastrophes and natural disasters.

    On behalf of the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro, I am asking all friends abroad to help us raise funds which are needed to help our brothers and sisters who have lost their relatives, friends and houses. Remember, this is also part of the Christian Mission.

    In Christ’s Love


    Here are some ways to help the victims affected by such disasters.

    This Brazilian account was set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
    153 East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    Please send us a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so we can acknowledge your donation.

    Finally, the Anglican Communion Office has published a collect, composed by the Primate of Australia & Archbishop of Brisbane: the Most Revd Phillip Aspinall. Please join us in prayer by saying it.

    Great God, whose love for us knows no bounds, we pray for all those who are affected by floods: comfort all who grieve for loved ones lost; strengthen those who face destruction of homes, memories and livelihoods; encourage and sustain all who bring relief and assistance. Fill our hearts with compassion and generosity for all in need. As we face our greatest fears, may we know the assurance of your presence with us and hold fast to the promise of new life beyond all adversity. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and for ever. Amen.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

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