Source: Government of Timor-Leste
MIL OSI-C. F: Timor-Leste, the Portuguese-to-English –
The president of the Council of Ministers
The VIII Constitutional Government.
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A vote of Regret at the Death of Father João de deus Pires
It is with great sorrow and deep regret that the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, welcomed the news of the death of Father João de deus Pires, who was a missionary salesiano, on the 22nd of September of that year, at the National Hospital Guido Valadares in Dili.
Natural de Morais, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal and was ordained a priest in 1956, having been sent to Timor-Leste in the year 1957.
From 1957 up to the present day, here he remained and where he has developed an intense and diverse activity, educational, and mission, overcoming difficulties of all kinds, and bearing the great difficulties during the period of the indonesian occupation.
Their role is remembered in the History of Timor-Leste, at the time of the indonesian occupation, in the time of the fall of the bases de apoio in this matter.” John of God, has made all its efforts on the care provided to the population, captured, and surrendered, they were to face in the years 1979 and 1980, and in the most precarious of situations of hunger and disease.
After the organization of the struggle, in march of 1981, the new policy of “National Unity” has managed to shake up the church and to clarify the new concepts and ideals, and the nationalists in this matter.” John of God in everything he did, having also faced with threats on the part of the tenant to maintain a close relationship between the bush (in the Direction of the Top of the Struggle), and timor-leste, through which they could send mail to the outside.
Fr. John of God has been in the treatment that you had with the courier, at the time, called “boxes,” while instilling in them self-sacrifice, the spirit of self-sacrifice and responsibility.
Agents of the underground networks will not and can not ever be able to forget the unselfish spirit of this mission, and a great fighter for the freedom of the east timorese people, who have committed to serve as a Priest, as a Portuguese and as a humanist.
In the last few years of his life, has taken over as the more important role in the welcoming of the most vulnerable people, by assisting them in housing, social security, and food, as well as in the affections, the education and the opportunity to progress in your intellectual development in a nurturing environment, enabling them to continue their education at a high level, and the preparation of young people for working life.
By its sheer dedication has earned the respect, admiration, and even veneration, of the people of east timor, and contributed significantly to the evangelization and the consolidation of the salesian presence in the Country.
At the end of may 2012, the late priest, he was honored by the President of the Republic, the Medal of the Order of Dom Martinho Lopes for their support of the east timorese resistance, and important contribution to the struggle for independence.
In this time of so much grief for men and for the people of east timor, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste presents its most sincere condolences to the family of the esteemed Priest, John of God, the Church and the salesian family in East Timor. In ORDER to
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