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Monday, January 19, 2015

6 to 7 MILLION for Pope Francis in the Philippines-Largest Papal Crowd in History:makes the list of largest peaceful gatherings in history!

Manila: Pope Francis celebrates a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenchedcrowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday. 
World record. Filipinos fill the Rizal Park and the areas nearby to attend the mass
celebrated by Pope Francis (inset) at the Quirino Grandstand on Sunday. Ey Acasio
and AFP

On January 2015, over 6 to 7 million attended the Concluding Eucharistic Celebration in Manila, ending the 5-day apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines, making the largest papal crowd in history, surpassing previous record (listed below).


This amazing Catholic feat now makes it to the list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event beating some of the more notable gatherings in very recent history:


                             More than a million barefoot devotees parade a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ through                                       Manila in the Philippines' biggest religious festival, ©Ted Aljibe (AFP)

Millions of pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage



  • An estimated 3.16 million people made the annual Hajj to MeccaSaudi Arabia in 2012 (1.4 million from Saudi and 1.75 Foreigners).


President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address to a worldwide audience from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol after taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009

People hold panels to create the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as "Charb"
  • An estimated 1.2-1.6 million people, including several heads of state, marched in Paris (with a total of 3.7 million marching across the world) on 11 January 2015 for an anti-terrorism rally in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting; the gathering was the largest in French history.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

THE MARCOS KARATE CHOP THAT SAVED THE POPE.....?

Pope Paul VI almost died at Manila airport when he was attacked by a Bolivian artist dressed as a priest.

In the morning of November 27, 1970 at the Manila International Airport , a certain Benjamin Mendoza of Bolivia dressed as a priest lunged at Pope Paul VI with a dagger shortly after the Pope disembarked from his chartered DC-8 jet at the airport in Manila.However, the Pope was only lightly stabbed and Mendoza was subdued and arrested.

Much have been written about who really saved Pope Paul VI   during this attempt on his life on that day. Here are several accounts:
Ferdinand Marcos (here with wife Imelda) was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986

Ferdinand Marcos’ version (excerpts) as written in his diary on the evening of Nov. 27, 1970:

“....I probably saved the life of Pope Paul VI this morning five to ten minutes after his arrival at 9.30 a.m. at MIA via Alitalia. A certain Benjamin Mendoza of Bolivia..... tried to stab the Pope with a foot-long Arab-looking kris-dagger with an eight-inch-long blade which was blackened deliberately....

"I was slightly behind and to the left of the Pope....Suddenly this Mendoza pushed his way to within one meter to the right front of the Pope. He was dressed as a priest and was holding on the palm of his right hand a box with a crucifix on top of it....I ran or took two steps to the right rear of the Pope, parried the hand of Mendoza which had lunged towards the Pope, with my left hand, and hit the arm with a karate right hand chop and at the same time pushing the Pope backwards and out of the way of the dagger thrust with my left hand. There was a bishop to my front who blocked my way and must have received the right foot kick that I threw at Mendoza afterwards (towards his scrotum). I did manage to kick Mendoza in the shin of the left leg and he lost his balance......"

“My karate chop had dislodged the dagger from his hand and the Pope whom I pushed a second time lost his balance backward into the arms of Imelda, who was right behind, who held him up, otherwise he would have fallen to the ground."

Artist Benjamin Mendoza Photo copyright by Ron Laytner and Edit International.
Benjamin Mendoza during a short press conference ; NBI headquarters on November 28, 1970: 

Mendoza said, "I feel disappointed for failing to kill the pope and would do it again if given another chance." Immediately, the NBI added the charge of grave threat to his list of offenses. But Mendoza scored some points for leniency by establishing once and for all who actually gave the disputed karate chop:

"Although I thought then it was President Marcos who parried my hands, I was not very sure about it. But when I saw the pictures you [NBI Director Bugarin] showed me, I am convinced it was really he [ FM] who prevented my killing the pope. Sorry, sorry about the disappointment."

....made no mention of the Marcos karate chop and suggested that a Korean Cardinal parried the blow, everyone was confused. Marcos was visibly irritated when asked to comment. He described the report as "ridiculous" and snapped, "Why don't they ask the persons who know? Why don't they ask the man [Mendoza] himself?"
Pasquale Macchi, Pope Paul VI personal secretary Bangor Daily News - Sep 24, 1979:

Monsignor Macchi......broke nine years of total papal silence on the attack with a 13-inch dagger......After I pushed backed the attacker, who had wounded Paul on the chest, fortunately not lethally....."

Below is a video footage of the actual incident in an article "Video: Footage of the Assassination Attempt on Pope Paul VI’s Life" which mentioned that "The man was subdued by the pope's personal secretary, Pasquale Macchi." 



Manila Chronicle reporter Alex Allan (right) carrying Bolivian Benjamin Mendoza (center), who tried to kill Pope Paul VI. The photo appeared on the front page of The Manila Chronicle on November 28, 1970. Photo courtesy of the Lopez Museum

 Alex Allan, reporter for "The Manila Chronicle,":

Alex Allan, a young reporter for "The Manila Chronicle" during the incident, wore a local police officer's uniform "illegally" as he wanted to cover the arrival of the pope but failed to get a media pass. Ironically, the head of Task Force Holy Father himself, Metrocom Chief, General Mariano Ordonez, gave Allan the uniform since he ran out of Media passes to give.

Within minutes of the pope’s arrival, Allan found himself two feet away from the pontiff and his would-be assassin—and yes, President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. He saw the Bolivian artist attack the pope with a 9-inch kris (a dagger with a wavy blade). Mendoza was pushed to the ground by the pope’s secretary, Monsignor Pascale Macci. The 38-year-old Bolivian artist later received a karate blow by Stephen Cardinal Kim of Korea.

From there, Allan, a certain Sergeant Balacqua and Ordonez would take over. After Mendoza was subdued, he was brought  to the van and then to a safe house. As Allan was about to write his story that day, he was instructed by  Ordonez to write that "It was Marcos who blocked him and karate chopped him. And it was Imelda who picked up the knife.’” Allan said he didn't have the stomach for a tall tale. “I know what happened. He knows what happened. I couldn't say that Marcos did it, because he didn't do it.”


Anthony Dennis Galvin, Bishop of Sarawak, on December 1, 1970,:

Galvin, who was literally an arm's length away from the pope when the incident occurred, said he could "not remember seeing President Marcos give the Bolivian painter a karate chop and kick." He issued a statement in Singapore that said in part:

It was one of the two papal security guards who played the vital role of saving the Pope, for he stuck out his hand to parry the attacker's lunge and pushed him away -- right into my arms...I stretched out my arms, folded them around the man and pulled him further backwards, while presidential security men grabbed the man's hand and tugged him away.


What really happened? You be the judge....

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Incredible iPhone Man-Straps 94 iPhones to his Body in Smuggle Try!

from newsinfo.inquirer.net


The man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones strapped to his body from Hong Kong into
South China’s Guangdong province, on January 11. China Daily/Asia News Network


Talk about an Apple suit! A man was caught with 94 iPhones strapped to his body in an attempt to sneak in the high-end smartphones from Hong Kong to Guangdong province in China.


Guangdong province is located along China’s southeastern seaboard near Hong Kong and Macau


iPhone 6

The China Daily reported that the man tried to smuggle 300, 000 yuan ($48,388) worth of iPhones, which were attached “to his chest, belly, thighs and shanks” using masking tape. The man was trying to cross the border of Hong Kong-China on January 11 when immigration officials noticed his awkward movement.

The stolen phones are now under the custody of custom officials in China as the man is now under investigation.