Miguel Albuquerque, president of the Regional Government, and José Manuel Rodrigues, president of the Madeira Legislative Assembly, expressed their deep regret for the death of Father Alexandre Mendonça, director of the Portuguese Catholic Mission, in Venezuela, who died yesterday at the age of 67.
“With a remarkable work with the Portuguese community rooted in Venezuela, most of which were made up of Madeiran emigrants, Alexandre Mendonça was highlighted by his humanist spirit, and was often the voice of the Madeiran yearnings in the diaspora”, he began to recall José Manuel Rodrigues, in a note sent to the writing.
The ruler most recalled the priest’s concerns “with the needs and security of the Portuguese community”, which were “mobilizers of solidarity actions, having contributed to the definition of policies to support those who needed it most”.
“Alexandre Mendonça served the Region and the Country and left an indelible mark in the lives of thousands of people, a humanitarian work that must serve as an example for all of us,” he said.
In turn, Miguel Albuquerque addressed the most sincere family of peaches, taking advantage of the “emphasis, unconvincing and striking figure of the Madeiran community rooted in Venezuela, not only in the spiritual field, but also by the profound humanistic sense with which it has always been placed and has been given to the service of that our community in the diaspora”.
“This Madeiran figure is that the Regional Government and its President intend to pay homage, underlining their gratitude to the relevant services provided to our community in Venezuela,” can be read in an emitted note, which points out that “in the collective memory of the community in the diaspora (…) will forever be altruism and the highest humanist sense in the way it promptly welcomed the Portuguese Catholic Mission”.