On Wednesday (May 18, 2022) Lula will marry 55-year-old sociologist Rosângela Silva, Ganga, in a ceremony shrouded in secrets, in São Paulo.
The wedding will be celebrated at 19 p.m., but there is still no certainty about the location. About two hundred people have received the invites using a QR code and will be notified of the space hours in advance.
The blessing will be bestowed by Dom Angélico Sândalo Bernardino, an old friend of Lula from the 1970s and present at defining moments, such as his arrest. “Love one another and don’t arm yourselves. I hope love is the flag of this presidential candidate,” he says.
Rede Brasil Atual made a profile of Dom Angélico in 2018:
As Bishop Emeritus (“retired”), Monsignor Angelico Sandillo Bernardino goes wherever he is called. In the house in which he lives, in Jardim Primavera, on the outskirts of the northern part of São Paulo, he also moves tirelessly, up and down, “as if nothing had happened,” a small spiral staircase giving access to his upstairs office beside a large table, shelves and a small altar . Right in front of the door is a picture of a smiling Dom Paulo Evaristo Arens with the phrase “Esperança sempre!” and another in which Don Angelico, with his back turned, embraced Pope Francis in a joyful meeting after a long time – he had known him for many years, in several meetings with the still Cardinal Bergoglio.
Strolling the house, the streets, and the country is encouraged by Dom Angelico, who already has serious heart problems — a heart attack 20 years ago — but says he’s in good health now. At 85, he maintains a certain boyish appearance – the devout admits that he was very small as a child: “What is it? I did so much!” Right in front of the house is a small playground where there is always a group playing ball. He played too. “I was a cat in the goal,” he jokes.
There was more than two decades of living with Dom Paulo, the former Archbishop of São Paulo, a former cardinal, whom he always referred to affectionately. “I was a pastoral coordinator in Ribeirão Preto (A city in the interior of Sao Paulo). It was then that I was introduced to this great Archbishop, remembers Dom Angelico, who was ordained by his friend bishop on January 25, 1975, having been ordained by Pope Paul VI the year before. “I have worked with Dom Paolo and the team of bishops for 23 years,” he says, recalling the cardinal’s repeated phrase referring to the plaque at the entrance to his office: “Let us go forward, from hope to hope, always.”
Saint George fanatic
Corinth, then, as a cardinal? Dom Angelico says the area where he was born “is all Palestra,” Palmeiras people. But he spent most of his life on the eastern side of São Paulo. It has been 15 years in the diocese of São Miguel Paulista. In the entrance hall there is a plaque signed by the “Inhabitants of the São Miguel Region” in honor of the “Word of Man”.
“How can I not be a fan of São Jorge?” , he asks, at the same time making it clear that he is now a frustrated fan, because of the way I started running football. “Today, what rules the clubs is money. It is not the shirt anymore,” he laments.
In addition, he is saddened by violence between fans. “Here in Inajar (Avenida Inagar de Sousa, near his house) There was a struggle between Palmeiras and Corinthians fans, with a dead boy,” he recalls. He is also not excited about the World Cup that is about to begin. “I would like Brazil to win so that people are happy too. The next day the fighting continues.”
For Dom Angélico, economic power is at the center of social ills. “The system we are immersed in is unjust. Accumulation (for a few) at the expense of millions,” he says, in defense of a solidarity economy. “The good things that the Father has left are for all mankind. Accumulation is meaningless. Today we have slavery in other ways. We have representatives funded by whom? For capital.”
He says that the capital was behind the coup of 1964. It was not a military coup. It was a civilian coup, financed by an economic power, and sponsored by the United States.” A staying power, he notes: “Why did Fiesp celebrate the impeachment of Dilma?” He points to a photo and says it is the legitimate president of Brazil until December 31st. “The other (Referring to Michel Tamer) con man “.
He mentions news from the beginning of the year when Tamer was proven alive and returned to receive his pension. “Do you know how much he gets? 22,000. It starts with them,” he says, indignantly, referring to pension reform. “I hate hypocrisy.” Commenting on international news, he said Korea and Iran should disarm, but he questions the authority The moral of the United States and Russia regarding this charge, if these two countries “have arsenals to exterminate humanity 20 times.”
“I want to be a priest”
Dom Angelico was born on January 19, 1933, in Saltineo, “the capital of the universe,” in his words. At that time, it was a district belonging to the municipality of Piracicaba, 180 kilometers from the capital, São Paulo. He was the fifth of nine children. His father, Duilio Bernardino, worked in the fields. “There was never any land,” he recalls speaking fondly of himself and his mother, Catarina Sandillo. One day, a priest asked a group of boys: “Who wants to be a priest?”. At the age of eleven, Angelico wanted it.
But he was also a journalist. Happily displays his class union cards. In the News Diary, from Ribeirão Preto, also in the interior of São Paulo, in the days of the typeface and typewriter, he did everything in the editing room, even he was a manager. It’s time to strike. “How many times have I had to come (to São Paulo) to give an explanation…” he recalls.
Dom Angelico’s views have led to him being verbally attacked several times: “Communist”, “Red”, “Pespigno” are some examples. “This is because they don’t know the Bible. The Bible means sharing. Everyone is holy,” he says. “Temples are not stone buildings, they are human beings. There is no point in saying you love if you live with inequality. There is a danger of closing your eyes to reality and resorting to temples. It has nothing of communism, but Christianity.”
Still as bishop of the Diocese of São Miguel, he threatened to lie on the rails. “There was no obstruction in the train ticket. The train will start,” he says, recalling a bus accident that left many dead. In a meeting with the residents, a lady suggested: Why don’t you stop the trains? Before the demonstration, she called on the authorities to speak. “The director of the railway station called me. Old monkey, I went with three other people.” They asked for time to make improvements, which actually happened. “Before the deadline there were the gates.”
Lola and the coup
The attacks increased when he sang to Marisa Leticia when she died last year. “There was no use of the tool at all,” he says, referring to a term that recurred at the time. “There was an ecumenical act. When the act was over, we withdrew.”
Dom Angelico is a friend of the Lola family. He baptized João, son of Lorient, the former president’s daughter, and administered the Sacrament of Sick in Marisa. On April 7, the day Lula presented himself to the federal police, Dom Angelico was in São Bernardo for a new ecumenical act – and was once again criticized, even by the Cardinal Archbishop of São Paulo, Dom Odelo Scherer, which led to a response from the journalist Roldão Arruda.
As in the previous year, the devout got off the sound truck as soon as the act was over and walked slowly down the street, supported by Sister Carmem Julietta, a kind of guardian.
In the modest home he lives in, there is a small keyboard in the living room. open result in Holy Maryby Gounod. Dom Angelico says she (Karim) plays it after he offers his cakes.
For him, accountability was “50% of the coup”. The other half consisted precisely of avoiding Lula’s candidacy. Dom Angelico takes the topic again: “Essentially, deep down, what does economic power want? Take away popular power.” He defends the former president: “I would like those who talk about Triplex to go to his apartment in São Bernardo do Campo. It’s very simple.” But he considers it unlikely that Lula will be able to run in the elections in October.
At the same time, he says that he is not naive, criticizing the political world. “In party history, money came in, and it came valiantly.” Criticism is also directed at the conduct of justice, specifically Sergio Moro and some of his meetings in other countries. “It’s not good for Morrow to parade in the States. He looks like a teenager. She has shady partisan justice.”
Organizes and saves texts, articles and reports in folders. There are many portraits scattered throughout the room: with South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, with the Dalai Lama, Paulo Freire, Leonardo Bove, Dom Helder Camara and Congressman Paulo Teixeira (“My Son”), the same at Villa Carvalho favela (in Ribeirao Preto), where He lived, portrayed professions and social movements. “This is all fight pictures, you see, brother?” , commented. “These people are amazing.” He says his greatest honor is to be a disciple of Christ. “I have a lot to improve. Now, I have to testify about life.”
On his table, a modern text of Pope Francis and the Brazilian constitution, “Whatever you tear, be trampled upon.” Dom Angélico loves to read, especially religious texts, but is now forced to slow down due to the loss of visual acuity in his left eye. He covers his right eye to show that from the interlocutor directly in front of him, he sees only a figure.
In addition to his 15 years in São Miguel, he spent 10 years in Brazil, in the North. He was the bishop in charge of the parish opera of the diocese, and the director of the newspaper Sao Paulo, regional responsible for Caritas, regional president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB). In 2000, appointed by John Paul II, he became the first diocesan bishop of Blumenau (SC). According to the rules, he submitted his resignation at the age of 75, which Pope Benedict XVI accepted on February 18, 2009.
Dom Angelico celebrated mass for Alexander Vanucci Lim, who was murdered in 1973 by the dictatorship. He met the boy’s family, in Sorocaba, at home, and suggested at least naming a portion of the Castelo Branco highway (the first military chief in the dictatorship period), which connects São Paulo to Sorocaba, after the student. He was with Dom Paulo when journalist Vladimir Herzog was murdered in 1975.
Among the afflictions of the period of the dictatorship, the emeritus bishop remembers one in particular. “What impressed me most was the saint’s death,” he says. Santo Dias da Silva was a worker and activist in the mineral opposition in São Paulo. He was shot dead by a policeman during a sit-in at the Sylvania factory, in Santo Amaro, south of the city, on October 30, 1979. “It was the property of my team of the parish opera.”
He becomes emotional when he remembers. “In IML, Dom Paulo opened the way (between the police), and I followed him. I put my hand on the chest of Santo Dias’ cold body.” Archbishop Cardinal put his finger on the place of the shot and the father prayed.
Dom Angelico descends the spiral staircase again. He says that the next day he will have to go to Ribeirão Preto for a party at a daycare center, as he does once a year, but he will not be able to travel due to the chaos on the roads due to the layover. of truck drivers. But she won’t stop walking. “I like mingling with people.”