The Russian Youth Meeting, an extension of the World Youth Day, will see 18 youth from Russia arriving at Lisbon at its commencement. A highlight of this meeting is a long-distance dialogue with Pope Francis, which will be broadcast.
The Portuguese Parliament’s decision to legalize euthanasia is not just a complete mockery of the dignity of life, it reflects the extent of immorality in a society that needs Our Lady more than ever before.
Forty Catholics and catechumens aged 18-35 years old will represent Macau at the 37th edition of the World Youth Day. The Diocesan Delegation will travel to Portugal in late July and remain in the country for two weeks. The pilgrimage will include time in Fatima and an opportunity to be with thousands of other young Catholics and Pope Francis. The Diocesan Youth Commission will offer several leadership and formation workshops over the next few months to help the participants prepare for this life-changing experience.
While the Catholic Church reinforces and integrates the particularities of Macau’s uniqueness as a multicultural space through religious practices, the Portuguese authorities in Lisbon need to pay attention to the Portuguese people who have already left Macau in recent years and others who say they will soon do so, claiming to some extent the “orphanhood” they feel in relation to the expected support from official institutions in Portugal.
The Catholic Diocese of Macau is preparing to send at least 50 youngsters to Portugal to take part in the 2023 edition of the World Youth Day. The easing of the pandemic-related restrictions decreed by the local authorities, earlier this month, eliminates the requirement of a mandatory quarantine in a designated hotel – one of the aspects that worried the Diocesan curia the most.
Although the Catholic Church is less of a force to reckon with in modern-day Cambodia, it still strives to play an active role in righting undeniable wrongs such as human trafficking, especially that of children.
For about a year, Brito traveled through the country he knew so well, and was able to see his friends again before leaving for his final mission. Once again among the Indians, the missionary had found happiness, as he himself recognized in a letter dated April 20, 1692.
Having missed the departure of his ship to India, Joao boarded two smaller vessels to chase the ocean-bound fleet. It was in this, somewhat, ridiculous way that João de Brito definitively left Portugal.
In Portugal, João de Brito was able to attract people and funds to his mission. While at court, he led the King of Portugal D. Pedro II to increase the income he sent annually to the Madurai mission and also received various donations.