Portugal: Conference Episcopal Manifestation “Solidarity Prayer and Grateful Memory” by Father Vítor Feytor Pinto
“We thank you for leaving us a life full and dedicated to the Church and the various sectors of life in society,” specific Catholic bishops
Lisbon, 06 Oct 2021 (Ecclesia) – The Portuguese Episcopal Conference (CEP) expressed its “solidarity prayer and grateful memory” for the figure of Father Vítor Feytor Pinto, who died today at 89 years of age.
“In addition to the tasks undertaken at the diocesan level, he carried out his mission with great dedication in the service of various bodies of the Episcopal Conference, for example as director of the National Secretariat for Christian Education and Youth and as National Coordinator of Pastoral Health”, it reads. in a note sent to the ECCLESIA Agency.
The CEP also extends the prayer to its family members and dioceses it served, Guarda, for ten years, and the Patriarchate of Lisbon for more than 50 years.
We thank Father Vítor Feytor Pinto for bequeathing us a life full and dedicated to the Church and the various sectors of society, and we pray that the Lord will welcome him into his eternal peace. ”
Father Vítor Feytor Pinto, born in Coimbra, was born in 1932; At the age of 10, he entered the seminary, was ordained in the Diocese of Guarda on July 10, 1955. He was linked to the dissemination of the Second Vatican Council in the Movement ‘For a Better World’; to the work in Catholic Action and to the experience of the 25th of April, before arriving at the reflection on the Pastoral Care of Health and the defense of fundamental rights; in recent years, he stood out for his work in the parish of Campo Grande
The Portuguese Episcopal Conference emphasizes that the family and youth “have always been in its evangelizing horizon”, being a national assistant to various associations and movements of a youth and family character and this “strong evangelizing presence” extends to organizations such as the Catholic School Youth , the Cursillos of Christianity and the Teams of Our Lady.
Father Vítor Feytor Pinto also held positions in the Universal Church and in society, and the CEP highlights the Foundation of the Movement for the Defense of Life (MDV), the pastoral follow-up of associations of Catholic Doctors and action in organizations against drugs and drug addiction.
Monsignor Vítor Feytor Pinto was spokesman, together with the Portuguese bishops, of the revolution of April 25, 1974, always remembering the “serene” but “interventive” way in which the Catholic Church experienced the fall of the regime.
The wake begins today, at 18:00, at Campo Grande Parish, and at 21:00 there will be a prayer vigil.
The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, D. Manuel Clemente, presides at the Mass with the body present, this Thursday, at 11:30 am; at 2 pm the funeral takes place at the Cemitério do Alto de São João.
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