“If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here they are the main focus.”
Pope Francis, said during his baptism of 32 babies at the Sistine Chapel on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord as quoted by Emer McCarthy, an Irish journalist at Vatican Radio who breastfed her baby discreetly during the ceremony. Catholic News Service titled its news story thus: “Pope to moms: It’s OK to bread-feed, even in the Sistine Chapel.”
“I prayed that I can also contribute in promoting the formation of righteous political leaders in our country.”
Orlando Quevedo, newly appointed member of the College of Cardinals; archbishop of Cotabato in Mindanao, he was president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.
“How does the smog differ from the apocalypse?”
Joe Wong, a comedian from northeast China; writing in his microblog after the residents of Beijing woke up in the morning of January 16 with splitting headaches due to a curtain of haze that covered the city of over 20 million; the US embassy in Beijing sent out online warnings that the air quality level had gone beyond 500, the upper limit of the measurement scale, and was now beyond index.
“Let’s stop all the insults.”
National Defense Commission, a top governing agency of North Korea headed by Kim Jong-un himself; called for what it called “important proposal” on January 16, suggesting a pact with South Korea to stop all cross-border slandering—that as of January 20 both sides cease all the insults they have customarily thrown at each other for decades, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
“Wake up Catholic laity.”
Socrates Villegas, archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines; in his New Year’s message for his archdiocese he made this challenge: “There is much work to be done. I hope the priests will be more trusting and open with the involvement of the laity. We pray that our laity will wake up from passivity, be fired by the Spirit and dare to change the world for Christ.”
“And if the fury of super-typhoon Yolanda is any indication, the adverse effects of Climate Change are already upon us.”
Antonio J. Ledesma, archbishop of Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao; in his New Year’s message where he also said, “Let us continue to engage in inter-religious dialogue and understanding to show our respect for the dignity of every human person—regardless of creed or culture.