In July 1968, were held at Mother St. Francis of Assisi, the first meetings with the aim of organizing the new diocese. On October 4, 1968, was released the cornerstone of future Diocese Inauguration day of the New Parish Church St. Francis of Assisi. In October 1973, started construction work on the House of Bishops. The June 20, l973 was created Diocese of Umuarama, by Pope Paul VI. On September 16, 1973, in solemn Mass celebrated in the Parish Church of St Francis Assisi, took office the first diocesan bishop, Dom Jose Maria Maimone, in the presence of 20,000 people.
Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.Text by Steve Smith.