DW – June 18, 2017
Dozens of people were killed in central Portugal on Saturday after a forest fire swept across a roadway near the area of Pedrogao Grande, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Lisbon. Prime Minister Antonio Costa warned that the number of victims could rise.
Portugal declared three days of national mourning as the death toll climbed to 62.
“It is the greatest tragedy of human lives that we’ve witnessed in Portugal in years,” Costa said. “The priority now is to get the ongoing fire under control – after that, we must understand what happened.”
Some 700 firefighters and more than 200 fire engines are trying to control the blaze. The French government confirmed it had sent three planes to Portugal to tackle the fire.
The International Marian Association has requested that the leader of Roman Catholicism, Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, refer to Mary as “co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer” during the 100th year anniversary of the purported apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal.
The Theological Commission of the Marian Association, which is comprised of 30 supportive entities, including Vatican Secretariat of State Florian Kolfhaus, Andrew Apostoli of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Elias Mary of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary in Wisconsin, and Michael O’Neill and Christopher Padgett of the Mariological Society of America, recently released a 10-page document outlining why Mary is deserving of the title.
It states that Mary passed on her sinless nature—given to her by God at conception—to Jesus, that He might redeem the world from sin. Through her willing human participation in the Father’s divine means of saving wicked men, the Commission contends, she is the “New Eve” just as Jesus is the “New Adam.”
Olivier DEVOS – August 11, 2016
Three people have died in raging forest fires on Portugal’s holiday island of Madeira where flames damaged homes and a hotel and forced around 1,000 people to flee.
Portugal urged its European partners Wednesday to help in battling multiple blazes on the island known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic”.
The three perished in their homes close to the historic centre of the capital Funchal, while a hotel overlooking the town was destroyed and other buildings were licked by flames, officials said.