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Auguste Chapdelaine, French martyr of China

Auguste Chapdelaine was the French Christian missionary whose violent death at the hands of Chinese authorities on February 29th,1856 became the casus belli for...

Astrological signs still relevant in Taiwan

One big advantage of Chinese culture that I slowly learned to appreciate is the relative absence of religious fanaticism, so widespread in Islam and...

No elevator during a forgotten holiday

Yesterday, while we were smoking on our balconies, my neighbor had to remind me that today, March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day, is a public...

The murder of a descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Lij Tafari Mäkonnen, better known as Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia's 225th and last Emperor, was murdered in his palace while under house arrest by...

35 years ago, Pope John Paul II asked pardon for slave trade

Polish Pontiff John Paul II (1920-2005), nicknamed "The Pilgrim Pope”, made 104 foreign trips to 129 countries, including Muslim nations like Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Jordan,...

Modern Singapore celebrates its 55th birthday

On August 9th, 2020 one of the world’ richest nations, the Asian city state of Singapore with a population of 6.2 million, celebrates its...

German hotel forced to change its name after 525 years

The oldest and most exclusive hotel in Augsburg, a city of roughly 300,000 inhabitants in the Western Bavarian region of Swabia, finally folded under...

Singapore’s time-tested concept under fire

In wealthy Singapore there is also a growing number of people who want to cause trouble spreading erroneous Western ideas.

In fact, Saint Mark’s Day is also my day!

Compared to the days of my childhood, the old Spanish tradition of celebrating a person’s name day has lost a lot of its importance.

Empty churches in Spain, only due to the coronavirus?

Even in once fervently catholic Spain, churches are getting emptier every year.

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