Speaking to members of the Chamber of Commerce in the southern city of Davao Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte said if the war on drugs descends into something “really, very virulent,” then he would declare martial law.
“No one would be able to stop me,” he said.
He said the aim of such a move would be “to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land.”
The controversial president has pledged to wipe out illegal drugs. In the first six months of his drug crackdown, nearly 6,000 people have been killed by police and vigilante squads, drawing criticism from human rights groups, the United Nations and U.S. President Barack Obama. Duterte has vowed to ignore the criticism and continue with the crackdown, and has dared his opponents to remove him from office.
The Philippines endured martial law during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
Also Saturday, Duterte said he has ordered his military to “blast” extremists who flee with their kidnapped captives.
“They say, ‘What about the hostage?’ Sorry, collateral damage,” the president said. His advice to potential victims? “So, really, don’t allow yourselves to be kidnapped.”
In the Philippines the Holy Child is known as Santo Nño, and depicted in red and gold vestments (like the statues in Cebu City or in Tondo-Manila or the Holy Child of Prague) carrying a round world on his left hand and a staff on the right. On the head he has a crown and the garments are those of a Little Prince. But, according to old traditions underneath these garments there is an ordinary boy who made a lot of miracles.
Going back in the centuries, in Spain the Holy Child, or Santo Nño, was seen in a different perspective: his garments were very like a pilgrim wearing an ordinary and large hat and on the left a drinking gourd hanging from a staff and on the right a basket with bread. People who were witnessing his first miracles said that he appeared as a little dark-skinned five-year old boy, who often wanders around to play with other children. Santo Nño became popular in Atocha during the 13th century, when Spain was under Muslim rule. There a little boy was reportedly seen bringing food to Christian prisoners who were jailed because of their faith.
As a strict rule nobody could bring food to those in jail except their own children. Fearing for the survival of prisoners who did not have children some young women started to implore Our Lady of Atocha for help. Soon, those children who brought food to their parents came home with stories regarding a young boy who was visiting the other prisoners. He had with him a water gourd that seemed to have endless supply of water, and a basket full of bread for the unlucky prisoners. Those who prayed to the Lady of Atocha wanted to know the identity of the boy in order to thank him, but without success. Soon it happened that while the faithful were praying in front of the statue of the Lady of Atocha they noticed that the Holy Child held in Her left arm had worn out slippers. So, they replaced these with new ones, but soon these too became worn out. This occurred several times. Consequently, the faithful took this as a sign: the boy who was going out every night to help those in need was nothing more than the Infant Jesus.
Following these events the devotion to Santo Nño de Atocha spread all over Spain following Christians that were recovering their ancestral lands from the hands of muslim rulers. As time passed he was recognized more and more as a little pilgrim, wandering not only in Spain but also as a little companion of sailors on their voyages toward America and Mexico.
Then on 10 August 1519, five ships under Magellan’s command left Spain for his expedition to a world still unknown. On 16 March they reached the island of Homonhon in the Philippines. Nearby the island of Cebu Magellan met Rajah Humabon who was friendly with the Spaniards; both he and his queen Hara Amihan were baptized as Christians and were given the image of the Holy Child (later known as Santo Niño de Cebu) which along with a cross (Magellan’s Cross) symbolizes the Christianization of the Philippines.
According to some this statue of Magellan was carved in Flanders a region of northwest Europe, which includes parts of northern France, western Belgium and southwest Netherlands, but it might have been similar to the Santo Niño de Atocha. Anyway old documents about the Santo Niño de Cebu never mention the features of the image presented to the Rajah and his wife.
Nowday Santo Niño de Cebu behaves like the boy in Antocha. For this reason he his presented in various forms and features: sometimes as a small fisherman with fishing rod and basket full of fishes, or as a farmer, or a worker. He could be an indigenous boy or a student. But his main characteristic is to wander where people need his help.
Like this story. A couple from an upland area in Cebu said one day they lost their carabao, water buffalo. That night while preparing to pray before the altar, they noticed that their small statue of Santo Niño was also gone. The next day, the couple was awakened by their neighbor’s call outside. When they went out they saw the neighbor holding their carabao. When they asked where he found it, the neighbor said he saw a little boy passing by his house with it, but when he went out to ask where the boy was bringing it, he was already gone leaving the beast there. Pleased that their carabao was recovered, the couple instinctively went to the altar to pray, but they were just surprised when they saw that their Santo Niño was back. When they looked closely, his vestments were filled with thistles (amorseco). The couple believed that it was the Holy Child who came out to look for their carabao, hence the thistles in his clothing. (Liv G. Campo)
Today in some places, because many miraculous stories of his wanderings, the Santo Niño has been renamed Santo Niñong Gala or Palaboy . Some of his images are depicting him has a wanderer, dressing a sleeveless shirt, a woven hat and a cross staff. And like an ordinary boy, the Santo Niño devotees leave at the foot of his statue shoes and slippers.
Hours before tens of thousands of barefoot Filipinos joined Monday’s annual procession of the Black Nazarene, the Archbishop of Manila celebrated a midnight Mass calling his countrymen to unselfish love. Reflecting on the Baptism of Jesus, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, in his homily at the capital’s Quirino Grandstand stressed that in order to love as Jesus did, one must turn away from selfishness and focus on serving others. “That is the love that will promote unity in our families, the parish, in our barangay, in our country, and in the whole world,” he said. According to him, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He also said division among people is often the effect of prejudice.
According to Tagle, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He e According to him, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He warned that prejudice and judging other bring about division among people.
About a million and a half barefoot Philippine devotees praying for miracles joined the procession of the black statue of Christ being paraded through the old commercial centre of Manila. The devotees crowded around the carriage-pulled by ropes and pushed from behind – bearing the statue, known as the Black Nazarene, which is believed to have healing powers, as it crawled through the narrow streets. About 80 percent of the more than 100 million people of the Philippines are Roman Catholic. Authorities expect some 15 to 18 million devotees to touch the Black Nazarene during the procession that is expected to last more than 20 hours.
Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day Regular Holiday
Jan 28 Saturday Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day Special Non-working Holiday
Feb 25 Saturday People Power Anniversary Observance
Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season
Apr 9 Sunday The Day of Valor Regular Holiday
Apr 13 Thursday Maundy Thursday Regular Holiday
Apr 14 Friday Good Friday Regular Holiday
Apr 16 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
Apr 24 Monday Lailatul Isra Wal Mi Raj Common Local holidays
May 1 Monday Labor Day Regular Holiday
Jun 12 Monday Independence Day Regular Holiday
Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season
Jun 27 Tuesday Eidul-Fitar Common Local holidays
Aug 21 Monday Ninoy Aquino Day Special Non-working Holiday
Aug 28 Monday National Heroes Day holiday Regular Holiday
Sep 2 Saturday Id-ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Common Local holidays
Sep 3 Sunday Id-ul-Adha Day 2 Common Local holidays
Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season
Sep 22 Friday Amun Jadid Muslim, Common Local holidays
Oct 31 Tuesday Special non-working Day National holiday
Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day Special Non-working Holiday
Nov 2 Thursday All Souls’ Day Observance
Nov 30 Thursday Bonifacio Day Regular Holiday
Dec 1 Friday Maulid un-Nabi Common Local holidays
Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day Regular Holiday
Dec 30 Saturday Rizal Day Regular Holiday
Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Special Non-working Holiday
A typhoon is expected to hit the Philippines on Christmas Day. Typhoon Nock-Ten, called Typhoon Nina in the Philippines, is forecast to strengthen into a category four typhoon before making landfall on Sunday, local time.
On Saturday morning, the typhoon was approaching at about 20 km/hour. Sustained wind speeds near the centre were 180km/hour, with gusts as high as 250km/hour. The predicted path was through the north of the country, over Manilla, although cities on the East of the country would be hit worse, including Naga in the Bicol Region.
In 2015, a United Nations report listed the Philippines as one of countries most affected by natural disasters and particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Typhoons draw their energy from the warmth of the sea water below, leading scientists to expect them to intensify as global warming continues.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on Filipinos to be welcoming to others, especially to the poor and needy this Christmas season.
In his Christmas message, Tagle said hospitality is “second-nature to us” Filipinos and “enables us to expand our home so that no one could say there was no room for them.”
“Christmas is a reminder of hospitality denied by people but reversed by the merciful hospitality offered by God. I pray that our Christmas may make us more hospitable or welcoming to others, especially the poor and needy. Will we make room for them?” Tagle said.
“As Filipinos and as members of the human family, we need to ask: why is there room for a new television set or the latest gadget but not for another child in the family? Why is ‘rugby’ for sniffing available but not affordable nutritious food? Why are vices within reach of young people while education seems unattainable? Why are guns and other weapons more accessible than decent jobs?” he said.
The cardinal further asked: “Why is there no room for hope for those who have gone astray but much space for condemnation by the self-righteous? Why is there room for hostile despair but little for tender hope? Why is there room for destroying lives but minute space for saving them? What has happened to hospitality? Without hospitality, how could humanity survive?”
Tagle urged the faithful to make room for Jesus “in our heart, homes, neighborhoods, and nations” by welcoming the hungry, thirsty, homeless, sick, naked and prisoners “so that one day we may enjoy the hospitality of God.”
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said the true spirit of Christmas centers on caring for the poor and the protection of the sanctity of life.
“Ang kapayapaan at ang mga dukha ang siyang sentro at puso ng Pasko. Ang Mesiyas ay isinalang na dukha binasbasan at dinakila niya ang mga dukha. Itinuturing niyang mga anak ng Diyos ang kumikilos para sa kapayapaan sa ating bansang naghihikaos at nababalot ng dilim,” Quevedo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
(Peace and compassion for the poor are the true center of Christmas. Jesus the Messiah blessed the poor and peacemakers and treated them as His children, including those who are working for the attainment of peace in our impoverished country clouded with darkness.)
“Nawa’y palagi nating bigyang pansin ang mga dukha. Nawa’y bigyan nating halaga at paggalang ang buhay. Panibaguhin ang panalangin at nawa’y kumilos tayo para sa tunay na kapayapaan na sumasaatin bilang biyaya ng Maykapal,” he added.
(May we always make room for the poor and respect the sanctity of human life. May we always pray and act for the attainment of true and everlasting peace, and may God bless us all). RAM/rga
l’ avvicinarsi del natale mi da’ la possibilità di raggiungervi per darvi un po’ di mie notizie e condividervi i passi che il mio cammino mi sta facendo compiere! Come forse sapete avrei dovuto raggiungere le FIlippine agli inizi di Dicembre! Tuttavia, un po per difficoltà relative ai documenti, un po su consiglio di padre Gianni RE, abbiamo pensato che arrivare a Gennaio sarebbe stato meglio e avrei causato meno disagi! Arrivo nelle Filippine il 4 gennaio. Io sto bene! Sono a casa con mia mamma e per quello che posso aiuto in parrocchia! Vivo questo periodo nell’attesa di raggiungere la missione che il Signore mi ha affidato. Sento forte il desiderio di arrivare li, conoscere la comunità pime, le missioni dove siamo inseriti, e iniziare il mio cammino di studio! Sento il desiderio di inserirmi in una storia scritta da altri ma nella quale sono chiamato a partecipare! Sono grato al Signore per i passi che mi sta facendo compiere, per le novità che sta apportando nella mia vita e per come mi sta mostrando la sua presenza! Carissimi, nell’attesa di raggiungervi vi faccio i miei più cari auguri!!! Il signore che viene ci renda capaci di gesti autentici…gesti che abbiano il gusto del vangelo!!!
Augur a tutti di un sereno natale e un Felice anno nuovo
It is not funny anymore. Joking about the President’s 180-degree mind changes and their increasing frequency is starting to ring hollow. It is precisely their increasing frequency, coupled with the rumors of his physical incapacities—falling asleep during meetings with international counterparts, fainting spells, inability to perform scheduled duties—that signals something terribly wrong.
It has not escaped me either that rumors of these physical ailments come to light only when the President is abroad. This does not mean he is weaker out of the country; rather, it seems to indicate that his weaknesses are better hidden when he is here. These—his weaknesses and the ability to cover them up in the Philippines—do not augur well for us.
At any rate, the President’s mental and physical health is certainly cause for grave concern for the Filipino people. Who are his doctors? What do they say about it? And this is not an invasion of his privacy, either. The President’s health is everybody’s business.
There was a time when the deans of the UP College of Medicine and directors of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) were the medical advisers of presidents. That practice should be reinstated. Of course, that was also the time when the PGH was the premier hospital in the country. But it still is a great hospital, and undoubtedly the best of the state hospitals. The President will be in excellent hands, and equally importantly, the Filipino people can expect an accurate and transparent evaluation of the state of his health.
At the age of 71 going on 72 (date of birth: March 28, 1945), he is the oldest Philippine president. And he has surpassed the average life expectancy of Filipino males (69). But then, so have many people, including my husband (80) and myself (76). On the other hand, we are not president. So let’s make sure that the President gets the best medical care ever. I, for one, don’t want him to die. I want him to succeed, for the poor. He has admitted to having Buerger’s Disease (caused mainly by smoking), but that is not fatal.
But what about his mental health? That’s a different matter altogether. The latest data on his mental health are circa 1998, when a psychological evaluation of the spouses was required in the annulment proceeding brought by Elizabeth Zimmerman against Rodrigo Duterte. Dr. Natividad Dayan, who is a former president of the International Council of Psychologists, did the evaluation. I don’t have a copy of her report to the Court, but it has been quoted extensively in the press, as follows.
Dr. Dayan found that Mr. Duterte was suffering from “Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder,” a condition characterized by “gross indifference, insensitivity and self-centeredness,” “grandiose sense of self-entitlement and manipulative behaviors,” and “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights and feelings.”
She found him to be a “highly impulsive individual who has difficulty controlling his urges and emotions.” And she described him as having a “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights and feelings,” and was “unable to reflect on the consequences of his actions.”
There’s more. He was found to readily engage in “unhealthy and destructive behaviors” and had “poor capacity for objective judgment,” failing to “see things in the light of facts.”
Read the past three paragraphs again, Reader, and apply them to his behavior as President, including the recent cases involving the Vice President and the murder of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. You will surely have an “Aha!” moment, as I did.
Now we understand why Malacañang is always scrambling to explain that he didn’t really say, or mean, what we had all heard him say, or mean.
This is a national problem, not only Mr. Duterte’s. It is said that recognizing the problem is halfway toward its solution. The other half has to involve our best doctors (a presidential medical advisers panel?), Cabinet members, and all Filipinos of goodwill.
Questo è un caso nazionale
Non è più divertente. L’umorismo sulle modifiche a 180 gradi della mente del Presidente e la loro crescente frequenza inizia a suonare stonato. E’ proprio questa crescente frequenza, accoppiata con le voci della sua incapacità fisica – addormentarsi durante gli incontri con le controparti internazionali, svenimenti, incapacità di svolgere compiti programmati – che ci fa capire che c’è qualcosa di terribilmente sbagliato.
Nemmeno mi è sfuggito che le voci di questi disturbi fisici vengono alla luce solo quando il presidente è all’estero. Questo non significa che lui è più debole fuori del paese; piuttosto, sembra indicare che queste debolezze vengono attentamente nascoste quando lui è qui. Queste, cioè le sue debolezze e la capacità di coprirle quando è a casa, non sono di buon auspicio per noi (filippini).
La salute mentale e fisica del Presidente deve diventare un motivo di seria preoccupazione per il popolo filippino. Chi sono i suoi medici? Cosa dicono di lui? E questa non è una violazione della sua privacy, al contrario, perché la salute del presidente è affare di tutti.
C’è stato un tempo in cui i presidi della UP College of Medicine e direttori ddell’ Ospedale Generale delle Filippine (PGH) sono stati i consulenti medici dei presidenti. Tale pratica dovrebbe essere reintegrata. Naturalmente, erano anche gli anni quando il PGH era il primo ospedale del paese. Ma è ancora un grande ospedale, e senza dubbio il migliore degli ospedali statali. Il Presidente sarebbe lì in ottime mani e, non meno importante, il popolo filippino potrebbe avere una valutazione accurata e trasparente del suo stato di salute.
All’età di 71 verso i 72 (data di nascita: 28 marzo, 1945), egli è il presidente filippino più anziano. E ha superato l’aspettativa di vita media dei maschi filippini (69). Ma a dir la verità, molte persone hanno superato quella soglia, tra cui mio marito (80) ed io (76). Però, non siamo presidenti. Quindi, cerchiamo di essere sicuri che il Presidente riceva le migliori cure mediche. Io, per esempio, non voglio che muoia. Voglio che abbia successo, per i poveri. Inoltre ha ammesso di avere il morbo di Buerger (causata principalmente dal fumo), tuttavia (dice) che non è fatale.
Ma come è, per esempio, la sua salute mentale? E questa è una questione di tutto riguardo. Gli ultimi dati sulla sua salute mentale sono del 1998, quando una valutazione psicologica dei coniugi era necessaria nel procedimento di annullamento (del matrimonio) proposto da Elizabeth Zimmerman contro Rodrigo Duterte. La dottoressa. Natividad Dayan, che è un ex presidente del Consiglio Internazionale degli Psicologi, ha fatto la valutazione. Non ho una copia della sua relazione alla Corte, ma è stata citata ampiamente dalla stampa, come segue.
Dayan ha scoperto che il signor Duterte era affetto da “Disturbo Narcisistico di Personalità Antisociale”, una condizione caratterizzata da “totale indifferenza, insensibilità e egocentrismo”, “un grande senso di auto-diritto e comportamenti manipolativi,” e “tendenza diffusa ad avvilire, umiliare gli altri e violare i loro diritti e sentimenti “.
Disse pure di lui: un “individuo altamente impulsivo che ha difficoltà a controllare i suoi impulsi ed emozioni.” E lo ha anche descritto come uno che non era “in grado di riflettere sulle conseguenze delle sue azioni “.
C’è di più. E’ stato trovato ad agire in “comportamenti non salutari e distruttivi” e che aveva una “scarsa capacità di giudicare obiettivamente,” non riuscendo a “vedere le cose alla luce dei fatti.”
Leggete gli ultimi tre paragrafi di nuovo. Lettori, applicate questi al suo comportamento in qualità di Presidente, inclusi i recenti comportamenti verso la Vice Presidente e la sua parte nell’omicidio del sindaco Albuera Rolando Espinosa. Sicuramente esclamerete: “Aha!” Come ho fatto io.
Ora si capisce il motivo per cui Malacañang è sempre allo sbando quando deve spiegare che (il Presidente) non voleva dire questo o quest’altro, o che quello che ha detto lo aveva già detto altre volte.
Questo è un problema nazionale e non riguarda solo il signor Duterte. Si dice che riconoscere il problema si è a metà strada verso la soluzione. L’altra metà dovrebbe coinvolgere i nostri migliori medici (un pannello presidenziale di consulenti medici?), i nostri membri del governo e tutti i filippini di buona volontà.
Silsilah Dialogue Movement, following a long tradition to send a message to the Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan and to the Christians on the occasion of Advent and Christmas time takes this opportunity to tell the Christians to be strong in this time of history when many Christians around the world suffer for their faith. This is true also in some parts of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. We know that some Muslim leaders discourage Muslims to join the Christmas celebration. It was not like this before. This is an alarming sign. At the same time good Muslims and Christians suffer from this new radical understanding of relation among Muslims and Christians. It modifies the traditional way to celebrate together and share the joy of a specific religious group. Meanwhile we encourage to celebrate together Christmas and Ramadan in the proper way, we reaffirm that these are occasions to show respect and share the same joy as a sign of friendship, while each one is encouraged to be faithful to his/her faith and beliefs.
The increasing news of attack of Christian places and Christian churches in some areas in the Philippines and in other countries is alarming. Why is this happening? Celebrations are occasions to be more united as Christians and Muslims to show to all that the real relation among Christians and Muslims must be a relation of sincere friendship. We are brothers and sisters in the same humanity, although different in our religions and we are called to be in solidarity in moments of joy and in moments of suffering.
Following the message of Pope Francis we wish to remind the Christians that “Advent is a time to journey and encounter the Lord, not a time to stand still because the Pope Francis says: “Christian faith is not a theory, a philosophy, an idea: it is an encounter with Jesus…”
Pope Francis reminds the Christians: “ We must ask ourselves how we can go forth to meet Jesus. What are the attitudes that I must have in order to encounter the Lord?… I must pray, with vigilance. I must be hardworking in charity – fraternal charity, not only giving alms, no; but being tolerant of the people who annoy me, being tolerant at home of the children when they make too much noise; or of the husband or wife when they are difficult; or the mother-in-law… I don’t know… but tolerant: tolerant… charity, always, but hard-working. And also the joy of praising the Lord: ‘Exulting in joy.’ That is how we must live this journey, this desire to encounter the Lord. To encounter Him in a good way. Not standing still. And we will encounter the Lord”.
But how will the Christians be able to share all these messages if the Advent and the Christmas celebrations are often done in the spirit of the world and not in the real Christian spirit? And how can the Christians communicate this message to the Muslims and to the people of other faiths if the real message of Advent and Christmas is not properly presented?The reality of radical groups, including ISIS, that find followers in Christian and Muslim areas, is an occasion for all of us to make an “examination of conscience” and understand that, maybe, we are in this situation because we have not been able to present the real Christian and Muslim faiths that, in the variety of beliefs, have common points of goodness that can be the starting points to build a peaceful and harmonious society.
Negli anni trascorsi in missione, per alcuni di noi anche sessanta, donare, soprattutto ai poveri, è stato uno scambio che ha portato benefici a entrambi. Bisogna comunque dire che, al di là di ogni retorica della generosità, ogni dono ha ‘obbligato’ l’altro alla reciprocità se non con altri doni con maggiori presenze in chiesa. La quantità dei doni materiali può aver fatto perdere il vero significato del donare, ma questo non era il nostro scopo. In fondo abbiamo dato senza aspettare nulla in cambio avendo in mente sempre quel fine: il Dono di Dio. Potremmo chiamarlo il dono della felicità, che è poi scoprire la presenza del Signore, Emmanuel, in mezzo a noi. Impalpabile ma reale.
Non è un dono annodato agli oggetti o denari elargiti. Nemmeno al parlare erudito. La scuola accademica, la formazione religiosa e intellettuale ci rende, teoricamente, dei buoni donatori. Ma non basta: la ragione pratica è stata sempre svincolata da quella teorica. Come molti di noi hanno sperimentato non è automatico che chi abbia più risorse in testa o tra le mani sia capace più di altri di portare avanti una presenza tra altre etnie o religioni, progetti per i più diseredati o semplici parrocchie fuori dal mondo, quello che invece può dare un’umile e pratica saggezza. Infatti la prima grandezza d’animo di un donatore di Dio è quella di non desiderare in cambio “la roba d’altri”, che non è altro che la preoccupazione di apparire più grande, al contrario deve essere una umile immersione nella comune realtà, di cose e pensieri.
Il dono è, quindi, il saggio dono di noi stessi. Una scelta spirituale che ha portato a modellare la nostra vita secondo la più grande regola concessa a un essere umano: di testimoniare la presenza di Dio, a uno a uno, faccia a faccia, selettivamente, perché se ne è compresa la difficoltà di colui che vive in povertà, di chi ne ha bisogno. Meglio se testimoniata allo stesso livello.
Nella commedia di Eduardo De Filippo “Il dono di Natale” sta per arrivare il 25 dicembre e i due giovani, ma poverissimi sposi, non hanno un soldo per comperare regali l’un per l’altra. Emilia allora decide di tagliarsi i capelli e venderli per comprare ad Attilio una catenina dorata per il suo orologio da taschino mentre il marito vende proprio l’orologio per comperare ad Emilia un fermaglio d’argento per i capelli. Una situazione, diremmo in Italia paradossale, ma comune, in questi giorni, nelle zone più povere del mondo.
A Natale non abbiamo bisogno di regali straordinari: l’orizzonte a cui ci dobbiamo riferire è quello della quotidianità e il nostro esempio, dono appunto, può avere una grande importanza anche per altri.