The world marks Epiphany with a series of celebrations
VATICAN CITY – Christians around the world celebrated Epiphany on Thursday, known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and Baptism of Christ for Orthodox, with a series of celebrations.
Pope Francis used a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica to denounce consumerism, parades were held in Spain the night before, and Orthodox believers watched swimmers plunge into icy waters despite the pandemic to retrieve crosses.
Francis encouraged people to get rid of consumerist “tyranny” and crises of faith in lives and societies and instead find the courage to work for justice and brotherhood in societies dominated by what he called the “sinister logic of power”.
The Catholic feast of Epiphany recalls the visit of three wise men, or wise men, to the baby Jesus, and their feeling of wonder at the meeting.
In his homily, Francis urged people to go beyond “the barriers of habit, beyond mundane consumerism, beyond dull and dreary faith, beyond fear of getting involved and serving. others and the common good â.
He said that “we live in communities that thirst for everything, have everything, but all too often feel nothing but emptiness in their hearts.”
Describing what he defined as “the tyranny of needs,” Francis said: “Let us not give apathy and resignation the power to lead us to a sad and mundane existence.
In remarks made from a window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis also later noted holiday celebrations by other Christians and praised various Epiphany traditions.
In South Korea, hair loss is becoming an electoral issue
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung is not bald. But he enjoys the support of many bald voters for his efforts to promote government payments for hair loss treatment.
Since his proposal was leaked earlier this week, hair loss has become a hot topic ahead of the March presidential vote in South Korea, where previous elections have focused on North Korea’s nuclear program. relations with the United States, scandals and economic problems.
Online communities for bald people are inundated with messages supporting his proposal. There are also strong criticisms that this is just a populist-driven campaign pledge by ruling party candidate Lee to win votes.
Social media posts include: âJae-myung bro. I love you. I will implant you in the Blue House âandâ Your Excellency, Mr. President! You are giving bald people new hope for the first time in Korea.
Lee told reporters on Wednesday that he believes hair regrowth treatments should be covered by the national health insurance program.
âPlease let us know what has been bothersome for you regarding hair loss treatments and what needs to be reflected in policies,â Lee wrote on Facebook. âI am going to present a perfect policy on the treatment of hair loss. “
Lee, an outspoken Liberal, runs public opinion polls. Some critics have called him a dangerous populist.
Reports indicate that one in five South Koreans suffers from hair loss.
Bill to double prison sentence for homosexuality rejected
DAKAR, Senegal – The National Assembly of Senegal has rejected a bill that would have doubled the prison sentence for those convicted of homosexuality, which is illegal in the country, although supporters of the bill have argued for committed to continue their efforts.
The bill backed by a dozen MPs would have increased the maximum sentence from five years to 10. But MPs from President Macky Sall‘s coalition had previously said they found the measure unnecessary and on Wednesday it was formally rejected.
The National Assembly office issued a statement saying that Sall had already made it clear that homosexuality would not be legalized and that it was already “severely punished by the Senegalese penal code”.
Sheikh Mbacke Bara Dolly, an opposition leader in parliament, criticized his colleagues in the ruling coalition for rejecting the bill without further debate.
“They should have let the process come to an end,” he said Thursday. âThis rejection will empower the LGBT community.
– The Associated Press
Human rights groups and Western leaders have pressured Senegal to relax its laws against sexual minorities, raising the issue during business trips to the West African country in recent years.
Homosexuality prosecutions in Senegal were rare, although human rights activists say arrests are on the rise. Discrimination continues to run deep in this moderate, predominantly Muslim country where the bodies of homosexuals have even been exhumed from cemeteries after their families buried them there.