The Olympic torch reached Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium for the grand opening ceremony of the 2016 games after being blessed by Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta at the city's landmark and heavily guarded Christ the Redeemer statue after the city's mayor personally requested for it.
"This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as a team, making our country and our world safer, less unequal, and putting love in the hearts of all," the cardinal said after he blessed the Olympic flame held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado, Friday, according to Catholic News Agency.
Although being held in the predominantly Catholic country, taking the torch to the statue had not been scheduled by the Games' organizers. It was done as requested by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who is a Catholic, Father Omar Raposo, rector at the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary at the base of the statue, was quoted as saying. more >>
Other than the rare, exotic creatures that live in it, the Amazon rainforest is largely known for having tree species that were never found anywhere else. Amazon-lily, dead-bark, wild nutmeg, Purple cecropia, and Water-vine are only a few of the 11,676 plant species discovered in the rainforest.
Around 4,000 Tree Species Are Yet to Be Discovered more >>
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer announced on Wednesday that the Olympic Games is safe from the Zika virus and that there is "almost no risk" of getting the disease during the big event.
"We can guarantee, as has the World Health Organization (WHO), that there is almost no risk of cases of the Zika virus occurring during the Games," said Temer as he pointed out that the 2014 World Cup was also threatened by an epidemic but came out safe from it. He also explained how the cool weather in the Southern Hemisphere has led to a massive drop of the disease, and the number of cases has went down dramatically all throughout Brazil.
WHO supported the claim of the president and said that Brazilian authorities are now tightening up safety and control measures throughout the whole venue of the Olympics. WHO told ABC News, "There should be no general restrictions on travel and trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission." more >>
A Christian relief organization is launching an awareness week about the dangers of mosquitos, labeling the insect the "world's deadliest creature."
Operation Blessing International will host its first-ever "Mosquito Week" beginning on Sunday. The main purpose is to raise awareness about the dangerous illnesses mosquitos spread, especially in the developing world.
David Darg, vice president of international operations for Operation Blessing International, told The Christian Post that "Mosquito Week" was scheduled to intentionally overlap with the renowned "Shark Week" programming on the Discovery Channel. more >>
Two events of massive proportions took place in Brazil this past week, one bringing together hundreds of thousands of Evangelicals in the annual "March for Jesus," and only days later, the Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade drew two million participants.
The Associated Press reported that on May 26, Sao Paulo welcomed over 350,000 evangelicals for the annual "March for Jesus" event, focused on Protestant unity in the largely Roman Catholic country.
While police failed to provide an estimate of the size of the crowd, The Reborn in Christ Church, which organized the march, said that it exceeded last year's attendance, which numbered 350,000 people. more >>
The UFC's massive pay-per-view event UFC 200 has been stacked with spectacular fights, including an interim title fight between former featherweight champion José Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Set to co-headline the July 9th card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the winner of the said rematch will be facing undisputed 145-pound champion Conor McGregor later in the year.
Aldo and Edgar had already fought each other in February 2013, when "The Answer" first moved down to featherweight after a two-fight losing streak against fellow former 155-pound champion Benson Henderson. In the said fight, Aldo showed dominance over Edgar on the feet, en route to a unanimous decision victory. more >>