In the “Land of the Morning Calm,” a devotee of Our Lady of Fatima ordered his presidential residence to be blessed on May 13, shortly after his election. He then asked for the advice of the Pope. He believes that the Christian view of a “just peace” can prevent a “nuclear Armageddon.”
On November 4, 2017, Sister Rani Maria Vattalil was beatified at Indore (India). She worked with the landless and exploited farming families. Her activities were a thorn in the flesh of moneylenders, social exploiters and propertied upper castes, who hired an assassin to get rid of her.
A peace agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), negotiated by the Catholic Church in 2016, is on the brink of total collapse. In this Central African country, “the worst place to be a woman” according to the U.N., Neema Namadamu never questioned her faith, and became a source of inspiration. This is her story.*
A Portuguese who headed the U.N.’s refugee agency for a decade, António Guterres, is the new Secretary-General of the United Nations. He acknowledged “huge challenges” and promised to serve the voiceless. As a devout Catholic, his inspiration comes from the Bible.