Help Tonio provide for his 44 disabled children in Brazil: LifeFunder.com
PETROPOLIS, Brazil (LifeSiteNews) – A Brazilian adoptive father of 44 disabled children has expressed his gratitude to LifeSiteNews readers who, last year, supported his remarkable family with the considerable expenses involved in caring for so many people in need.
Many of Tonio de Mello’s children at the Jesus Menino (Boy Jesus) community were abandoned at birth or are the survivors of failed abortions, while others would have been aborted were it not for Tonio’s assistance to women in crisis pregnancies.
LifeSiteNews’ Tim Jackson was able to meet some of the adoptees, young and old, whom Tonio and his helpers care for when he visited the Jesus Menino community in Petropolis, a city just north of Rio de Janeiro.
So far, the children have been supported to the tune of almost $60,000 by LifeSiteNews readers on LifeFunder.com since last December, but Tonio still needs to raise $51,000 more to meet his goal and provide food, education, and healthcare for the 44 disabled adoptees over the coming months.
“It started in 1990 when Alexander, the first son of the community – I went to visit the house he lived in, which was a house with 200 boys with disabilities – and Alexander, then he tells me: ‘Man, do you want to be my father?'” Tonio told LifeSiteNews.
“He took my heart. At that time, I became a son of God,” he continued. “God embraced me and there I discovered my vocation to be the father not only of Alexander but a father to all the reality that I live today.”
One of the children to whom Tonio introduced LifeSiteNews is Jean, who was born without a skull or brain, but miraculously continues to live at ten years of age, despite Tonio being told he would die within months after birth.
“He is the only living boy at this age with anencephaly,” Tonio said. “God wants him to live. He is an instrument in the hands of God.”
Cleiton, whom LifeSiteNews also met, was brain dead following a motorcycle accident, with doctors insisting he would never wake up, but Tonio’s visit to his hospital bed changed his life forever.
“I came close to his [Cleiton’s] ear, and I said to God: ‘Lord, if you want that boy to wake up for Your glory, Cleiton, wake up!'” Tonio explained.
“Then I asked him [Cleiton]: ‘Are you listening to me?'” Tonio continued.
Cleiton miraculously answered by moving his finger in reply, confirming to Tonio that he was indeed alive.
Cleiton attributes his life to God working a miracle through Tonio, “turning water into wine” for him.
“I was nobody, today I am [somebody]. He gave me everything, my life again, because I had nothing, no life,” Cleiton shared emotionally.
Members of Jesus Menino community live a beautiful life of prayer and service to these disabled children, and are so grateful for the ways in which LifeSiteNews readers have responded to their needs to date.
As governments across the globe seek to mandate abortion-tainted Covid-19 “vaccines” on millions of people against their will, medical autonomy continues to diminish worldwide, setting a dangerous precedent for future generations.
In response, during this Season of Advent, we have an important petition sponsored by Deacon Nick Donnelly of England, which makes the case that reception of the COVID vaccines currently available in the Western World is “morally illicit” for virtually all, if not every individual, in ordinary circumstances.
“The Bethlehem Declaration” has already been initially endorsed by four Catholic prelates, including Bishops Marian Eleganti, Rene Henry Gracida, Athanasius Schneider, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, along with ten priests and many scholars, activists and journalists from the United States, Europe, and Australia.
It also provides a compelling presentation, rich with hyperlinked resources documenting that not only are these injections morally illicit, but ineffective, unsafe, and unnecessary.
Calling mandates for reception of these chemicals “acts of violence” and “criminal,” the document also encourages those facing these difficult situations to exercise the virtue of prudence to the best of their ability while providing plenty of information to assist them in doing so.
Deacon Donnelly said this manifesto received its name since the Church is presently contemplating the “baby Jesus who manifests the sanctity of life of all babies, created in the image and likeness of God.”
“Bethlehem is also associated with the massacre of the Holy Innocents by King Herod,” he said. “This petition gives us the opportunity to protest on behalf of these silenced victims of the pharmaceutical industry” who have been exploited and used for the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines.
Another signatory, child advocate Elizabeth Yore, called the Bethlehem Declaration “an outstanding document” which serves as “the definitive response to the globalist tyrannical health Madness.” Encouraging everyone to read it, she said, this petition “must resonate strongly amidst the noisy covid clatter.”
“I so love the gravitas of this grace-filled and divinely inspired document,” Yore said.
The Bethlehem Declaration concludes with the following appeal expressing the intention of this petition:
We therefore respectfully appeal to the Holy Father, the CDF, all Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, lay faithful, and all people of good will to vehemently oppose the reception of these morally tainted, dangerous, and ineffective products, along with the gravely unjust mandates for their reception being imposed upon millions of students and workers across the Christian West.
The Bethlehem Declaration:
Challenging the moral liceity of the abortion-tainted experimental injections for COVID-19 and calling for universal opposition to ‘vaccine mandates’
'For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man’ (GS 22).
Whereas the Second Vatican Council rightly summarized the horror of abortion classifying it as an “abominable crime” which also encompasses a “supreme dishonour to the Creator” (GS 51 § 3; 27);
Whereas St. John Paul II taught all must oppose such deliberate “murder” of the most vulnerable with “maximum of determination” (EV, 58; CL, 38);
Whereas, the sanctity of pre-born babies, created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27), is gravely violated by their utilitarian exploitation and commodification; thereby furthering the descent of the human race into “a civilization of ‘things’ and not of ‘persons’, a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used” (St. John Paul II, GS, 13);
Whereas all of the experimental COVID-19 gene-based vaccines currently available in the Western world, are abortion-tainted having been tested or developed through the abuse of stolen fetal cells from the bodies of murdered pre-born children…
**Photo Credit: Mike Baumeister on Unsplash
“You all helped us a lot to pay employee accounts, to buy food, to buy medicine, and to do some work on buildings that needed it,” Tonio explained.
“It was a very big help, and I want to thank all the members of LifeSiteNews, the directors of LifeSiteNews and all the readers,” he continued. “Where you are, you’re saving lives with me.”
Tonio is in the difficult position of having to continuously provide for all his adopted children, made even more challenging by the inflation affecting Brazil, but he trusts that God is taking care of everything.
If you wish to contribute to Tonio’s family at the Jesus Menino community, please visit LifeFunder.com.