As he continues efforts to bolster ties between Orthodox Christians and Catholics in Eastern Europe, Pope Francis arrived in Bucharest on Friday, the 31st of May 2019. It is the start of a three-day pilgrimage to majority-Orthodox Romania — the first papal visit since John Paul II in 1999.
After having been welcomed at Otopeni Airport by the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis, the Pope was driven through the capital where crowds lined the streets to see his motorcade.
During his trip, Pope Francis will celebrate mass at country’s most famous Marian shrine, Sumuleu Ciuc, in Eastern Transylvania and is scheduled to beatify seven Greek-Catholic bishops who were martyred during communist rule, when Catholics were brutally persecuted.
He will also meet the patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the latest of his foreign trips to Christian countries where Catholics are a minority.
“I’m coming to you to walk together,” Francis said in a video message released on the eve of his visit.
Today I would like to present to you one of the most unusual and coolest initiatives I’ve come across online lately – Red Nose Day. What is it? Well, you can read the entire FAQ here, but allow me to give you the gist of the matter: Red Nose Day is celebrated this year on May 23 and it is a campaign to end child poverty.
Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises money and awareness to keep children who need help the most stay safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.
Red Nose Day was was founded in America, but people from all over the world can donate. On Red Nose Day, millions of Americans, celebrities and businesses come together wearing their Red Noses – sold exclusively at Walgreens – to fundraise, donate, and tune in for a special night of programming on NBC.
In its first four years, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million and positively impacted the lives of over 16 million children.
According to the United Nations website, on the 20th of May, it’s World Bee Day. The date was chosen because it coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention.
You can read more about it here. Happy World Bee Day, 2019, everyone!
The second semifinal of the 2019 edition of the European song content has just ended. The countries that took part in this semifinal were:
1. Armenia: Serbic – Going Out 2. Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22 3. Moldova: Ana Odobescu – Stay 4. Switzerland: Luke Hanni – She has me 5. Latvia: carousel – That night 6. Romania: Ester Peony – On Sunday 7. Denmark: Leonora – Love is forever 8. Sweden: John Lundwick – Too late for love 9. Austria: PÆNDA – Boundaries 10. Croatia: Rocco – Dream 11. Malta: Michelle – Chameleon 12. Lithuania: Yuri Veklenko – Run with the Lions 13. Russia: Sergei Lazarev – A scream 14. Albania: Yonida Maliqi – Kethek Tokes 15. Norway: KEiiNO – Spirit in the sky 16. Netherlands: Duncan Lawrence – Arcade 17. Northern Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Gordana 18. Azerbaijan: Genghis – The Truth
The 10 acts that earned the most points and qualified to participate in the final on Saturday are:
North Macedonia – Tamara Todevska with Proud
The Netherlands – Duncan Laurence with Arcade
Albania – Jonida Maliqi with Ktheju tokës
Sweden – John Lundvik with Too Late For Love
Russia – Sergey Lazarev with Scream
Azerbaijan – Chingiz with Truth
Denmark – Leonora with Love Is Forever
Norway – KEiiNO with Spirit In The Sky
Switzerland – Luca Hänni with She Got Me
Malta – Michela with Chameleon
My favorite song that did not qualify is:
Moldova’s Stay by Ana Odobescu
My favorite song from the ones that made it to the final is:
North Macedonia’s Proud by Tamara Todevska
Let me know who were your favorites in the comments below. Were you disappointed by the results? Even if I was not a fan of Romania’s entry, I am kind of disappointed that my country did not make it into the final. Share your thoughts about the second semifinal.
Write an appreciation letter to Jesus Christ (The Son Of God) and thank Him for everything (you believe) He has done for mankind in general, and for you in particular. Try to make it at least 1000 word-long.