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Rio de Janeiro celebrates 459 years this Friday

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Rio de Janeiro celebrates 459 years this Friday

Sextou with a party on Rio soil. The city of Rio de Janeiro turns 459 years old this March 1st. At Christ the Redeemer, one of the city’s main symbols, there was a thanksgiving mass, music and cake.

After the Municipal Guard Band played the Brazilian National Anthem and that of the city, there was a celebration, presided over by the Cardinal-Archbishop of Rio, Dom Orani João Tempesta. He cited the Fraternity Campaign 2024, whose theme is “Fraternity and Social Friendship” and the motto, “You are all brothers and sisters” (Matthew 23:8).

“May we know, in this diversity of the great city, to live as brothers and sisters who love each other, help each other and join hands to build a more just, more human and more fraternal society”, said the cardinal in a video for commemoration of Rio’s birthday.

Mayor Eduardo Paes and singer and composer Jorge Aragão were honored on the city’s anniversary / Guilherme Silva/Santuário Arquidiocesano Cristo Redentor

After the “Congratulations”, with cake, the Sociedade Amigos da Rua da Carioca and Adjacências (Sarca) presented “The most carioca of all” trophies to personalities. Among them, Mayor Eduardo Paes, singer and composer Jorge Aragão, who turns 75 this Friday, as well as the rector of the Archdiocesan Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, Father Omar.

“We are grateful to God for so many blessings showered on Rio de Janeiro and we ask that he bless this land of ours, surrounded by natural beauty, and these people of ours, enlightening the rulers, so that there will always be peace and prosperity in this city and it will continue to be wonderful ”, stated the Father.

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Christ the Redeemer, in Rio / Guilherme Silva/Arquidiocesan Sanctuary Christ the Redeemer

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