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Aug 172018

What would be the best time in life for a child? And what phase would he like to live with his father?The paternal figure has an important representation in the formation of an individual. It has the function of mediating the child’s experiences with the world, giving him the opportunity to live with behavioral models that can serve as an example to interact with the environment in a respectful, fit, balanced and loving way. Therefore, the best phase of a child’s life to be lived with the father should be a lifetime, provided in a healthy way.

The importance of parental presence

Initially, the father stands out as the companion of the mother. It is with his help that the baby will learn to differentiate himself from the mother, achieving the long-awaited psychic and psychological autonomy. Staying true to his function has become challenging for the paternal figure, since man does not become a father because he is going to have a child, this formation is linked to the conception in which he was created. In order to do so, it is necessary to have good models, not only in your own home, but also in the media that today occupy a good time of the routine of the children.

Television programs have presented a father model as a subject incapable of assuming this role in the educational relationship, of planning their time with adolescents and more, of facing, with wisdom and responsibility, the role of authority against the demands necessary to life in the family and, consequently, in society. In this role we include reprimand and discipline, dialogue and expression of feelings through communication and demonstration. The environment affects and inspires these programs that bring back to society the content received, in an even more elaborate way, rich in technological, creative and extremely stimulating effects. Examples are novels, journalistic programs with an emphasis on violence, cartoons that subtly pass messages opposed to Christian values ​​that should be kept in the family environment.

Becoming present when one has a rhythm of life that leads the father to be absent requires skill on his part and the conviction of knowing that he wanted to be a father. One must not be seduced by outsourced alternatives to parenting. The father absence frustrates those who believe that all the phases could be better next to the father. Probably, this absence and the unbridled need of the mother-woman to be everywhere and to occupy all roles contributes to this chaos. Decreased paternal function affects the psychic and psychological structuring of the individual during his childhood and youth.

The father should continue to be the one who says and holds the ‘no’ for both the child and the mother herself when necessary. “It is he who introduces negativity into the life of an infant and declares the prohibition, the limit of the possible.” Understand negativity as an opportunity to teach your child not to lead his life solely through the desires of the media, idioms or his own needs. But, above all, by their real needs.

What about you, Dad? What is the best time to be with your child? All. Once father, forever you will be! Your words are health to your child’s body. May parents understand the importance of educating in stature, wisdom, and grace, just as it did in the life of Jesus.

Father, you have reached the stage of reorganizing your life for love. And, along with his son, sing like this: “For love, you were created for love! You are God’s masterpiece, you excel in beauty more than anything. Your creation was an explosion of immense love! “

It is with the chorus of this song that the writers Emmir Nogueira and Sílvia Lemos, in the book ‘Tecendo Fio de Ouro’, [Weaving Golden Wire] writes: “We were created by love, for love and in love. We came from love. We will find in love. Then we will order our lives in the order of love. “

Father, because of your love, your son wants to live the best phase of his life with you. And the best phase, with love, are all phases.

See too: 
:: Father, your child needs to feel that you love him 
:: Fatherhood, gift and grace of God

Links are translated from Portuguese by Google translate


Judinara Braz

Business Administrator with Qualification in Marketing. 
Psychologist specializing in Behavior Analysis. 
Pedagogical Director of the João Paulo I School – Feira de Santana Bahia, Brazil.

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Aug 162018

In all situations we can achieve victory

The prophet Daniel brings a very important fact in chapter 3 of his book and I believe that God wants to speak to us through this text today. He narrates that the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar had a huge gold statue built 30 meters high by 3 meters in diameter, and decreed that all the inhabitants of the kingdom should bow down and worship when his men blow the trumpets and and play the musical instruments.They did do this. But it came to their ears that three young Jews – called Sidrac, Misac, and Abdénago (cf. Daniel 3, 16ff) – were not obeying his orders. Furious, he sent for the three boys and threatened them that if they did not worship the statue, they would be thrown into the furnace of fire and burned to death, and he insulted them by asking, “Who is the God who will deliver you out of my hand? “(V.15)

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The response of the three young men was this: “We do not need to respond to this order. There is our God whom we worship, He can deliver us from the burning furnace, saving us from your hand. But even if this does not happen, know, O king, that we will not worship your god, nor will we worship the golden statue built by you, O king “(v. 16-18).

Seek a maturity of faith

Here is the secret of the heart of these three young men: “But even if this does not happen, we will not worship your god …” In other words, even if the Lord does not deliver us, we will not betray Him, we will remain faithful, we will die if need be, but we will not go back! That is unconditional love for God, it is faithfulness to every test. What a maturity of faith!

This also has to happen to us. We must reach this maturity and this unconditional love to the point of saying: “Even if nothing changes in my life, even if I am not healed, even if it does not happen, I will remain faithful to the Lord! I will not deny it! I will not give up! Even if my prayer does not seem to work, I will not stop praying, I will remain faithful to the Lord! “

The king was furious and had the three of them tied, put even more fuel in the fire, and threw them in.They fell praising God, giving their testimony of faith. And something marvelous happened: “The three of them walked among the flames, singing hymns to God and praising the Lord” (verse 24). The Word of God goes on to describe that “the Angel of the Lord came down to Azariah and his companions in the furnace. He pushed the flames out of the furnace and made a damp, refreshing wind in the middle of the furnace. The fire did not strike them nor cause them any trouble “(v. 49).

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What strikes me is that they did not deny the power of God; on the contrary, they asserted with all force that He had the power to deliver them from that terrible situation. But they went one step further, and here is the teaching for us, they made it clear that their fidelity to God was not conditional on whether He would deliver them or not! Regardless, they decided to remain faithful to the Lord. In a world as materialistic as ours, with so many offers and proposals to negotiate with God, with attempts even to force Him to do what we want or to buy Him with vows, promises and the like, the testimony of these three boys is very strong.

Hearts in love with God win the victory

I feel with this biblical passage a strong invitation from the Lord that we first make a life review of our dispositions of faith. And then, may we ask for this passionate heart, this mature faith , this faithful and gratuitous attitude toward Him.

“The victory comes by praise!” And that is exactly what we see in this biblical text. The praise that flowed from these convicted hearts in God, in love with the Lord and faithful to Him unconditionally, conquered from the Lord the deliverance from the furnace, liberation from the tyranny of Nebuchadnezzar. And the fruit of this fidelity was the conversion of the king himself, who recognized the power of God and also came to seek Him.

I firmly believe that from this inner change, from this change of heart and from our attitude toward situations and tribulations, if we have this heart totally trusting in God, and above all, unconditional in fidelity to Him, much will begin to change in our life, there will be no “furnace” capable of harming us, there will not be enough tyranny to arrest us, there will be no impossible situation. We will see the glory of God!

May the Lord grant us this conversion today!

God bless you!

By Father Clóvis Andrade de Melo 
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

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Aug 152018

Celibacy and marriage are two different but not opposed vocations.

The sixth commandment of God’s Law is to keep chastity in words and deeds. Its scope also includes the discovery of the meaning and value of consecrated celibacy, and it implies living by those who have received such a divine gift. 

There is, however, another phenomenon in our society that makes it difficult to recognize the value of consecrated celibacy: the growing number of people, men and women living unmarried for reasons of personal independence or dedication to a cause for which they are passionate and it absords them. Disinterest in marriage may also be motivated by a lack of attraction to the other sex, not believing in marriage, some immaturity, or fear of making definite commitments. In these motivations comes the increasing difficulty of establishing mature and stable affective relationships on the part of many people.

What difference is there between the Christian life in celibacy and these human situations, chosen or involuntary? The outer form of life may be similar, but the motivation, the spirit, and the purpose are very different.

The vocation to celibacy is an option of Christ-oriented love

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We can distinguish three ways of living celibacy by Christian believers:

When the Christian faithful discover in their status as a celibate a vocation to God and accept it of their own free will, their celibate life can become an assumed and valued vocation. One can then, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says,live “his situation in the spirit of the beatitudes, serving God and his neighbor in an exemplary way” (no. 1658). This form of life may not be definitive, and the person can be called to marriage at any age.

They definitively assume celibacy for the Kingdom of Heaven, those who consecrate their lives totally to God and, therefore, renounce marriage. This choice results from the perception of the love of Christ and his call, positively reciprocated in a growing relationship of love for him. In this case, the motivation for celibacy is theological and charismatic, it is a divine grace that the person has received and which freely corresponds with the total surrender of oneself to God.

Another form is priestly celibacy. This, in a sense, unites the two previous forms: on the one hand, it results from the fact that the person feels the vocation for the sacred ministry; on the other hand, corresponds to a surrender of oneself to the service of the Kingdom of God. The motivation is markedly apostolic, but based on theological and charismatic reasons. The Catechism says: sacred ministers “Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to “the affairs of the Lord,” they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church’s minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God “(No. 1579, cf. 1599).

Vocation to love and communion

Like marriage, celibate life is also the fulfillment of the vocation to love and the communion to which all are called. Responding to such a vocation inscribed in his own being, the human person realizes his condition and dignity of image and likeness of God, that “it is love and lives in itself a mystery of personal communion of love” (CCC, 2331). There can be no celibate option that is not motivated by love of God and neighbor. Even in the first way outlined above, if a person assumes his condition as God’s will, he can not but direct his life by love, opening himself to an ever deeper relationship of communion and service.

Being a response to the vocation to love, celibate life does not mean disdain or a negative view of sexuality. This, as the Catechism states, “affects all aspects of the human person, in the unity of his body and his soul. It concerns, in particular, affection, the capacity to love and to procreate, and, more generally, the ability to create bonds of communion with others “(CCC, 2332). By choosing celibacy, one renounces a way of living sexuality , to surrender to God “with an undivided heart” (CCC, 2349). It redirects the sexual drive and energy, giving it another meaning and purpose, for a spiritual fecundity. Like Christ, the celibate also delivers his body, and his whole being, out of love for God and for humanity. In this total gift, through an oblative love, he lives the chastity proper to his condition.

Love option

Celibacy, like marriage, implies a life of relationship with others and not of solitude, it is a path to maturity and not deprivation. It is the expression of a freely given self-giving and not the result of any frustration or disappointment in the affective relationship. It also implies a certain experience of sexuality: not in physical union, nor in narcissistic self-satisfaction or in the search for reciprocal pleasure and expression of mutual affection, but in its spiritual sublimation through self-control. This personal liberty is a condition for making a total and definitive gift to God, raised by the grace received from Him. The celibate renounces: “to physical intimacy in order to a more perfect availability”; “To the human warmth of a family , to become the father or mother of humanity”; “To the continuation of life in their own children for a life that has no end, the life of God in people” (E. Pepe).

Life in celibacy is an option of love.

Life in celibacy is therefore also an option of love, but Christ-oriented. The person gives to himself, not to a person of the other sex with whom he has established bonds of affection, but to the Christ in whom he believes and for whom he believes to be loved. His surrender means taking over a life that is renewed by Christ and pierced by the power of the Spirit. The person donates himself in all his being, also in the physical dimension, but he does it in a different way from the one that is lived in the matrimony.

There is a text by Chiara Lubich that speaks of chastity as “to dilate the heart according to the measure of the heart of Jesus”. By doing so, one strives to love each brother ‘as Jesus loves him’. The author calls this the “chastity of God.” By choosing celibacy for having felt the great love of Christ for him, the faithful Christian strives to live the love according to the measure and measure of Christ. For him, love for Christ and for his brothers is one and the same love. And it is always about loving for Jesus, for a grace that comes from Him. It is a love to all, universal, but lived in the bestowal one by one, that is, to the one I meet, who passes through my life. Here is the originality of love in the celibate person, which is different, therefore, from conjugal love. This always passes through the human expressions of sexuality and tenderness.

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Links above are translated from Portuguese through Google translate

Generate life in the spiritual dimension

Giving freely of oneself to the other, faithfully, as Jesus loves, is what makes love pure and chaste, both in married and celibate life. In the first, the physical expressions of love do not degrade it; in the second, you do not have to choke your heart or repress love, for you will always find beautiful expressions to love your neighbor in a concrete and sensitive way. In the first case, love always unites those who live it and narrows the bonds between people. It is lived in mutual giving and welcoming. In the celibate, love does not hold, but it liberates, it is lived in generosity and detachment, it makes the person gift to others without waiting for compensation.

The love of the celibate is also to be fruitful, to generate life not in the physical sense, but in the spiritual dimension. Through love, celibacy generates the life of Jesus in the souls he meets, creates spiritual bonds with people and can even exercise a spiritual fatherhood, making them feel regenerated, receiving a new life: that of God. In this way, it also enriches humanity , contributes to its qualitative and spiritual growth.

Whoever is called to celibacy, consecrating his life to God, renounces married life. It almost fulfills the word of Jesus: “Whosoever shall not forsake all that he has, can not be my disciple” (Lk. 14:33). He renounces genital sexuality, the relation of affection with another person, to fatherhood or biological maternity, to constituting his family, to detach himself from everything and from every person, to follow Christ more closely and to live a special communion with him. From this relationship, in the Holy Spirit, through love, a new family, the Christian fraternity, which can take on multiple forms and which translates into the life of the Christian community and its variety, will emerge. If you do not generate the community of the sons and daughters of God, celibacy becomes unhealthy. Without paternity or spiritual motherhood, the celibate runs the risk of becoming sterile and experiencing the sense of loss, frustration, incompleteness, failure to reach fullness.

Personal freedom

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5, 8). The celibate, who assumes his vocation freely and lives it faithfully in an unconditional gift to God, in love and generous service to his brothers, truly experiences happiness and truly “sees” God in his life. He left everything for the Lord and nothing is lacking. He renounced constituting a family and lives surrounded by brothers and brothers, of sons and daughters, in a great spiritual family reunited in the love of Christ.

His life is very different from that of many fashionable singles, centering on themselves and their pleasures, generating and managing solitude, which produces a void of soul and boredom. Living in celibacy, preserving the chastity of the heart, requires effort to correspond to the grace of one’s own vocation. First and foremost, care must be taken to maintain and consolidate personal liberty, to love ever more, and to maintain vigilance over all situations that may call into question. And, in the face of limits and failures, the celibate will embrace the cross and begin again in the commitment for fidelity in love. The relationship with God, ever deeper, cultivated in prayer, and a healthy fraternal communion, helps us to remain faithful in the very giving of love.

Celibacy and marriage are two different but uncontested vocations. Celibate and married, happy in their vocation, should be a stimulus and help to each other, sharing their own gift, recognizing and cherishing that of others, in an ecclesial communion operated by the Holy Spirit .

Father Jorge Manuel Faria Guarda

Aug 142018

We can not give up, for in God victory is certain.

That phrase always intrigued me, because I kept asking myself, “How can suffering, pain and loss contribute and contribute to the good of those who love God?”

I imagined that for God’s loved ones there would only be celebration, contentment, joy, absence of problems. But I have discovered one thing: the peace that God gives us is not the absence of difficulties, but the certainty of victory in the midst of difficulty. What leads a soldier to continue fighting, even seeing his companions being killed at his side, is sure that he will win, a certainty that is confused with hope. If he believed that his army would lose, there would be no point in fighting.

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With Christians it happens more or less in the same way: they suffers, they cry, they smile, they gets tired, they recovers the strength and begin to fight again, but they do not give up, because God gave a certainty to each one and like “in Christ we are more than winners, “victory is certain, and it is God who guarantees it.

When we learn to accept situations with the eyes of faith, we can see beyond suffering and see, ahead of us, the victory that the Lord has already given us.

The example of the ant

It is said that a boy was joking and began to watch a small ant carrying a grain of rice on his back. He decided then to see how far that ant would go with its courage. He noticed that there was an obstacle, seemingly invincible to it, right there in front of it: it was a small wall, but for it became the biggest challenge of her life.

“What will I do?” Thought the ant. “Should I leave the grain of rice and go up without it? That will be easier! Oh, but I got here, and right after the wall is I am already already home. I already know! Will not give up! I’ll take the grain on my back, yes! “

Then the boy watched the persistence of that ant. The first time, it ended up slipping and falling. This happened several times. The boy watched to see if he quit. After falling 69 times, the ant wanted to give himself one more chance, as he believed he would succeed. Finally, on the 70th attempt, it succeeded and achieved its goal.

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We, too, Christians, can not give up before the obstacles of life. We need to believe that we will be winners and move on. After all, as the boy watched the ant and ended up learning from it, there are also many people who watch us and need our example to overcome their difficulties too.

Be courageous and live all situations with faith in the Lord, for, in fact, everything competes for the good of those who love God!

By Father Clóvis Andrade de Melo 
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

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Aug 132018

Do not neglect to fulfill your obligations to the house of the Lord by paying your offering, giving your loving and generous contribution

“But lest you offend these people, go to the sea, cast the hook, and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. There you will find a coin; then take the coin and give it to them, for me and for you “(Matthew 17:27).


The disciples of Jesus were being questioned whether Jesus happened to pay the Temple tax. Jesus did not answer either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, He first questioned the deeper meaning of things. “Do kings charge taxes of children or strangers?” Peter answered, “Of strangers!”

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Strangers are those who are not regarded as children. We are not strangers in the house of God, in the world that He created we are children. The truth is that the world treats us as strangers, and we live in this world with the strangeness of not belonging to this world, because we are of God.

Here are some things that are important to our thinking today. When we pay our taxes, it does not mean that we agree with them. For many of the taxes and fees we pay are unfair, too many, dishonest, and often not used in the right way. But not agreeing, not finding the way of justice through them, we can not scandalize, we must fulfill our obligations.

The first of our obligations is with God, with the house of God and with the things of Him. The tax levied on Jesus or his disciples was on the Temple tax. We do not pay taxes to our temples, we pay our offering, we give our contribution with our offerings. Do it heartily, do not do this as a stranger, but as a son.

The son has an obligation with the things of the Lord, to take care of the house of the Lord. We do not find Jesus preaching tithing, we do not find Jesus compelling anyone to pay tithing or even bind faith to the condition of paying tithing, but He presents us as an example, a detachment, as one who does not scandalize and wants to take care of what are the obligations.

Do not neglect to fulfill your obligations to the house of the Lord by paying your offering, giving your loving and generous contribution. Do this as a son!

But if the world treats us as strangers, even as strangers we pay our taxes, our contributions and do not be scandalous. Let us be an example for the world we live in.


Father Roger Araújo

Priest of the Community Canção Nova, journalist and collaborator of the Portal Canção Nova. Contact him:

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Aug 102018

The Mass and our participation

The Mass is invaluable. It is in this mystery of faith that the people of God feed on the Body and Blood of Jesus, for the “Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Easter, the actualization and sacramental offering of his only sacrifice in the liturgy of the Church, which is the his body “(Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. Pope John Paul II , at the beginning of his Encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucharistia”, affirmed that “the Church lives on the Eucharist”, so all our attention and interiority to everything that composes the before, during and after the Mass are essential for full participation. Let us see important points to participate well in the Eucharistic Celebration:


Illustrative photo: Wesley Almeida /

1 – Faith

We believe that “at the Last Supper our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood in order to perpetuate through the centuries the sacrifice of the cross until his coming and thus entrust to the Church, his beloved Spouse, the memorial of his Death and Resurrection “(General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n.2).

To have faith in what is celebrated is fundamental, since we believe with the whole Church in the one and eternal sacrifice of love of Jesus Christ celebrated in the Mass, with the certainty that “the Eucharist is the summary and the sum of our faith” (CCC. 1327). In this, it is not enough just to be baptized and to be inserted in the Church, but also, we must believe in what we celebrate in each Liturgy.

2 – The preparation

Preparation is necessary in every way, in order to participate well at the climax of the Mass. Luke 22: 7-13 tells us that Jesus had a large room prepared when he was going to celebrate with his disciples the Passover meal, where he instituted the sacrifice of his Body and Blood. On this biblical passage which shows a whole preparation, “the Church has always judged this order directed to itself, establishing how to prepare people, places, rites and texts, for the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist ” (GIRM, n.1) .

Thus, in the face of the great mystery of love that presents itself to us at Mass, we must, in advance, prepare our hearts to live well. Already, well before the celebration, it is important to try to manage the possible internal agitations, vain preoccupations, anxieties, confusions and everything that is secondary, in relation to the essential that will be the Eucharistic Celebration.

3 – The provision

The Mass is central to the Catholic and everyone should be willing and free at this time. Going by simple obligation to the Mass is to deprive ourselves of the various benefits it provides, because God expects from us acts of love and faith, and not only a preceptory presence, which must also be observed. In the celebration of the Mass, the center of all Christian life, is the summit of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ, and the worship that men offer to the Father by adoring the Son Jesus. (See IGMR, n.16). Therefore, we need to feed our disposition, to be and participate well in the Mass, with all that we are and to worship the Father in the Son with joy and gratitude.

4 – The gestures and posture of the body

The Church teaches that “the gestures and positions of the body of the priest, the deacon and the ministers, as well as of the people, should help to ensure that the whole celebration shines with decorum and noble simplicity if one understands the true and full significance of its various parties, and to promote the participation of all “(GIRM, n.42).

It is imperative that our body, mind and heart conform to what is being celebrated. Let the vision be focused on the altar and the priest; that the hearing absorbs the sounds that help to experience the mystery celebrated; and that even the touch does not divert our attention, when using objects that are not related to the Eucharistic moment. May our whole being be turned to the Liturgy celebrated.May our whole attitude be appropriate to the sacredness of the Mass.

All this, that all may form one body, either by hearing the word of God, or by participating in prayer and song. For this is a unity which manifests itself in beauty in the gestures and attitudes of the body which the faithful observe together. (See GIRM, No. 96).

5 – Keep silence

Before the commencement of the celebration, it is praiseworthy to observe the silence in the Church, the sacristy, and places nearby, so that there may be a proper preparation to celebrate, devoutly and with dignity, the sacred rites. In the Mass, sacred silence should be kept as part of the celebration, in which in the penitential act and the invitation to prayer, silence is destined for interior recollection; in the readings and homily, silence is for a brief meditation on what has been heard; and after communion , silence favors the inner prayer of praise and thanksgiving. (See GIRM, No. 45).

6 – Attention to the liturgy

It is important that the whole assembly, people of God, participate fully in the Mass, observing every part that they are: the initial rites; the liturgy of the word; the Eucharistic liturgy; and the rite of completion. Another point is to have the clarity of the Liturgical Time which the Church is celebrating, which are the cycles of Common Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

In this way the liturgical fulfillment of the Mass, through sensible signs, which nourishes, strengthens and expresses faith , must arouse in each person the intense desire to participate actively and fully.For “by the Eucharistic Celebration we have already united to the liturgy of heaven and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all” (CCC 1326).

Pope Francis in his catechesis on November 8, 2017 said: “Do not forget: to participate in the Mass is to live once again the redemptive passion and death of the Lord”. Therefore, the experience of this sublime mystery of love will always lead us to Christ himself, who gave himself and gave himself to each one of us on the day of his Easter celebrated at Mass.


Márcio Leandro Fernandes

Born in Sete Lagoas (Minas Gerais), he is a missionary of the Canção Nova Community and a candidate for the Sacred Orders. Márcio Leandro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Faculdade Dehoniana, in Taubaté (SP). He works in the Internet Department of Canção Nova, in the Shrine of the Pai do Misericórdias and in the Confessionals.

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