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.