condecoracao de Cristiano Ronaldo com o grau de Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique

On the occasion of the decoration, by the President of Portugal, of the Portuguese football player recently voted the best in the world, with the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry The Navigator, Lourenço Correia de Matos, a partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, was interviewed live on RTP Informação and RTP 1 yesterday, in the late morning, from the Sala das Bicas (Hall of Fountains) at the Belém Palace, to comment on the meaning of the awarded distinction.

Presented as a historian and an expert on Orders and decorations, Lourenço Correia de Matos was also invited to participate in the programme A Bola Extra, broadcast live from the studios of the A Bola TV channel where, next to José Manuel Delgado, Deputy Director of the sports newspaper A Bola, he followed and analysed the ceremony in which Cristiano Ronaldo, in the official residence of the President of the Republic, received from the latter’s hands the insignia in question.

In his interventions, among other themes, the partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles addressed the history of the Order of Prince Henry The Navigator and its special features under the Portuguese Honour framework, explaining that this was the decoration chosen to be attributed to Cristiano Ronaldo for the latter’s “rendering of outstanding services to Portugal in the country and abroad” and for spreading the country's name, as stipulated in the legislation concerning this National Order. He also explained the functioning of the Portuguese Honour Orders, of which the President is Grand Master, referring to other athletes that have also been honoured for their merits both in our country and abroad.

Coloquio comemorativo dos 900 anos da Ordem Soberana e Militar de Malta na Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian


The partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, Lourenço Correia de Matos, took part in the conference “900 anos ao serviço de uma convicção humanista – História, Cultura e Solidariedade”, commemorating the nine centuries of the Papal Bull of acknowledgement of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta held last September 27th at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The lecture by Lourenço Correia de Matos, entitled "Para um corpus heráldico melitense português," was part of a panel on "Society and Culture", chaired by historian José Eduardo Franco. The partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, heraldic consultant of the Order in Portugal, presented the project for the development of a heraldic corpus of the Order of Malta in Portugal and of the Portuguese knights in our country and throughout the world, from the foundation of the Order until today.

The set of conferences was opened by the Secretary of State for Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier, and terminated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, Dom Nuno Brás. The inaugural conference was given by the law professor Pedro Soares Martinez and the closing one by António Sampaio da Nóvoa, former Rector of the University of Lisbon.

The seminar was attended by over two dozen speakers from different areas, amongst which we highlight the professors Martim de Albuquerque, Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa, Pedro Brito Correia, Monsignor Vítor Feytor Pinto, the researchers José Antonio Falcão and Inês Versos, and the entrepreneurs Miguel Horta e Costa and Ilídio Pinho, among others. The Scientific Committee was chaired by the sculptor João Charters de Almeida and the organizing committee by Augusto de Albuquerque de Athayde, president of the Assembly of the Portuguese Knights of the Order of Malta, responsible for the event.