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luxxi
11-07-2004, 13:02
Portuguese beaches to mix sun and sacraments

LISBON (AFP) - Sunseekers in central Portugal will have no excuse for missing mass this summer -- a local bishop is reportedly planning to hold services at some of the region's most popular beaches.


"Rest should not be empty time. Leisure only makes sense when it serves as a time for personal enrichment," Bishop Antonio Marcelino of the central port city of Aveiro told the weekly Expresso.


He added the initiative would "permit, during a time when people are more relaxed, a more serene reflection about life."


Weekly services will be offered in August at four beaches located near Aveiro, some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Lisbon, as well as at a popular nearby spa, he said.


Beaches are at their busiest in Portugal in August, traditionally the month when most Portuguese take their summer holidays.


Bishop Marcelino is considered to be one of Portugal's most liberal Roman Catholic officials, having argued in the past that the Vatican (news - web sites) should consider the possibility of ordaining women as priests.


The vast majority of Portuguese continue to identify themselves as Roman Catholic even as church officials struggle against declining attendance at local churches in recent years.

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Unplugged
11-07-2004, 15:14
:lol: What the f.... ?? :p

Anyway, people, those beaches in Aveiro are horrible anyway, nobody goes there except the people who live nearby! LOL So if you come to the beaches in the southwestern coast of Portugal or even in the south, I guarantee you that priest won't bother you! :no: :laugh:
I live near one of the most popular beaches of Portugal (Carcavelos) and I assure you that with so many people there, mainly young people, the priest would get kicked out of the beach! :D Same thing happens with anyone who is trying to disturb the people in the beach.

crni
11-07-2004, 21:49
LoL :laugh:

crazy people :rolleyes:

ypsidan04
11-07-2004, 23:00
:rolleyes:

Too many right wing Christians around. :bebebe: