While the U.S. calls the game soccer, 180 million Brazilians and the rest of the world call it football. As a Columban missionary priest in Brazil, I know first-hand how much Brazilians love football.
Recently I returned to the Philippines on a vacation after many years away. Currently I live in Los Angeles, California, where I am the Columban west coast mission outreach coordinator. Previously, I was a Columban lay missionary.
In 1972 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was able to deal with the illness and continue with the parish mission, but it was not until 1985 that I began to develop a systematic approach to aid the disabled where I was working.
What happens when the adrenalin subsides and one has to face the reality? For weeks our adrenalin was pumping, wondering if the mighty Indus would invade our house and surrounding area in Latifabad, like everybody else who could afford money, we bought in non-perishable foods that would take us through the disaster.
I woke up in the morning of Saturday, October 11, 2009, with a feeling of great delight and cheerfulness for it was the day we Fijians here in the Philippines were going to celebrate Fiji’s independence from Great Britain.
This is Ozamiz City, Philippines and there are 75 tricycles, small by Beijing’s standards, but providing a reliable, pollution-free, transport service for hundreds of people, and a living for the drivers and their families.
Hyderabad is out of danger. But further south, waters continue to flood from the river near Thatha. This has flooded the towns of Sajawal which is in Badin parish. Waters have reached to within 50 km of Badin city and at this stage it looks like the city will escape. The government has set up relief camps around Badin city.