Investigators Jin Guo Ping and Wu Zhiliang refer us to the Guangdong Tongzhi (Guangdong General Chronicle) by Jin Guangzhu: “On the 5th day of the 8th moon of the 26th year (July 24, 1598) of the Wanli Reign (1573 – 1615), people from Lução suddenly came to anchor in Haojing’ao (Baía de Vieira, Macau), requesting the presentation of tributes. The governor of Guangdong, deeming their entry illegal, decided to expel them. The Portuguese of Macau also reinforced their defense, preventing the landing of the luções.
There are the rare rags to riches examples of extraordinary successes to escape from poverty and limited access to good education. Usain Bolt came from a poor small town next to the “bush” in developing Jamaica. He neither had early educational, nor other, privileges, so how did he become a legendary sprinter?
The deadly fate of a boy, due to be killed for organ trafficking, was reversed when a priest intervened – by pretending to be a criminal. The story was revealed by El Pais, a leading Spanish National newspaper and Aleteia Catholic news.
The story goes back to March 2010, when Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain was announced for September 16-19 of that year. The atheist leaders responded with a ferocious campaign. Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens proposed that, on arrival, the Pope be put in jail and tried by the British courts. The press announced that the visit would cost £19 million, raising an outcry of scandal.
The Avenido siblings – Rev. Jestonie, Rev. Jessie James, and Rev. Jerson Rey – were ordained by Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Jose Cabantan at the San Agustin Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City, in the Philippines.
As soon as João da Gama arrived in Acapulco (March 1590) his ship and the entire crew were seized, thus complying with royal legislation. The assets of the Portuguese captain, “valued at 140,000 pesos,” were also taken from him and his court case went to the Casa de la Contratación in Seville, where he was to be tried.
The world’s fastest man, three times 100m Olympic gold medalist, and much more, was once invited to a 2013 Vatican conference on religious liberty.
On September 8, 2021, Bishop Francis Cui Qingqi was ordained as the new bishop of Hankou, Wuhan, Hubei, China. The 57-year-old bishop is the sixth bishop to be consecrated in China according to the terms of the provisional agreement which the Holy See signed with the Chinese government in September 2018. This means that Bishop Cui’s appointment is with the approval of both the state and the Church.
The remains of three martyrs executed 200 years ago for being Catholic were discovered a few months back in South Korea. The investigations into who they were revealed their names this month, AFP reported. Before their bodies were found, the three were among 125 Korean martyrs beatified by Pope Francis when he visited the country in 2014.
Before the return to Taliban power, Afghanistan was the second most persecuted country for Christians, according to Open Doors’ latest World Watch List. But now with strict, fundamentalist Taliban rules, that is expected to get even worse.