Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope Francis Gathers Six Million Devotees For A Record Breaking Mass In Manila, Philippines

Manila — It is a wrap for Pope Francis’ tour of Asia as papal visit to the Philippines concludes with a record setting outdoor mass. The Pope had visited a number of countries in Asia including South Korea and Sri Lanka but the culminating point of the tour was an open air mass held at the Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines.

About an unprecedented number of six million to seven million devotees were present during the outdoor mass, making it the biggest gathering for a papal event, surpassing Pope John Paul II’s five million at the same venue in 1995.

The weather was really terrible during the Pope’s visit, forcing him to cancel most of the activities planned for him in the Philippines. But the bad weather and constant rain didn’t stop Filipino devotees from attending the mass on Sunday. Most of the devotees had been waiting since 4 in the morning just to see the Pope. Many even came from far off provinces just to be a part of what they deem as a historic event that could be their only opportunity of seeing the Pope in their lifetime.

Pope Francis arrived at location riding his ‘popemobile,’ a vehicle inspired by the local jeepneys, followed by his entourage. The people were ecstatic and were truly overjoyed just to be near the presence of the Pope.

One child had even remarked that he has seen god in the Pope’s eyes.

Pope Francis left the Philippines for Rome the next morning surrounded by singing and dancing crowds to bid him farewell.

On his six day tour of Asia, Pope Francis also visited Tacloban, the area ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan last 2013. He was supposed to conduct a lunch in with the typhoon victims but it was cancelled due to the bad weather. Instead, a mass was held with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in attendance.

Pope Francis had truly left a mark of hope in the lives of many Filipinos. The support for him is overwhelming and in his short visit, he was able to impart knowledge and wisdom to Asia’s largest Catholic country with 80% of the total population considering themselves a Catholic.

 

TAX

Tax Raise For The Rich

President of the United States, Barrack Obama, will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The speech is said to discuss tax raise on the wealthy in order to aid those on the middle class spectrum.

Officials say that the increase will result to $320 billion in one decade. The said amount will be used as funding for benefits like tax credits.

The State of the Union speech will be the center of political talks and is expected to reveal the legacy which will be left behind by President Obama. The speech is also expected to shape the coming 2016 election.

The only problem the President’s proposal is the resistance by the Houses of Congress which is both controlled by Republicans. As the economy of the United States grows, it is only right that ordinary families living in the US be able to receive certain benefits.

The tax raise is said to be given much thought and the proposal covers the following:

– Making sure that the richest in America will not be able to pass some of their assets as tax-free
– The earnings of the richest will receive an increase of 4.2% in capital gains tax from the previous 23.8%
– US financial firms, estimated to have total assets of around $50 billion, will get new fees

The proposal will be able to raise fund in order to provide for benefits designed for those citizens who belong in the middle class. Some of these benefits include tripled child tax credits, providing assistance for families whose spouses are both working and giving extra incentives for citizens to be able to save for their retirement.

White House has gained more confidence from the people since the increase in America’s economic growth. Despite the recovery, there is still the issue regarding wages for Americans who are in the middle class. It is the aim that the economic growth will benefit all Americans and provide them with outlet for success.

President Obama is not running for another term in the 2016 election despite the positive outcome on the state of the economy.