NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – After today’s contentious Democratic presidential debate in New York, Bernie Sanders is headed for The Vatican to seek the blessing of Pope Francis.
Sanders, who does not participate in any organized religion, is hoping that by seeking the Pope’s blessing, he will gain the support of American Catholics in this coming Tuesday’s primary in New York. In New York City alone, it is estimated that there are 2.6 Million practicing Catholics.
Sanders faces one of the more important primary contests in New York against Hillary Clinton, a Methodist.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – After coming under fire for cursing Pope Francis during a campaign speech in Manila last year, Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said he had been forgiven by the Vatican through a letter he recently received from the Catholic Church hierarchy.
However, the Davao City mayor said he will only release a copy of the letter after the elections so that he will not be accused of using it for political and campaign purposes.
During a visit to the convent of the Sto. Niño Parish in Ubay, Bohol, with his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte said he had asked for forgiveness from the Pope and he “received a positive response.’’
An alleged copy of the letter to Duterte ( see below) has been circulating on the Internet, presumably leaked by a source close to Duterte. The Adobo Chronicles could not confirm the authenticity of the letter, but based on its content, nowhere did The Vatican say the Pope has forgiven Duterte.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio City Bureau) – Today, Palm Sunday, is the official start of the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Week, culminating next Sunday, Easter.
Baguio City, the nation’s summer capital, is starting to get really crowded as people from the lowlands — including politicians and celebrities — troop to this mountain resort to escape the scorching heat and enjoy Baguio’s cool weather.
Just in time for this solemn season, Pope Francis has just announced that he has entered the world of Instagram. This, in addition to his existing Twitter account. It was welcome news for many Catholics visiting Baguio.
In just under twelve hours, Francis’ Instagram account generated more than 1 Million likes and is expected to equal, if not surpass his Twitter likes of 26 Million.
And guess who’s not happy about all this? AlDub (the sensational love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, stars of the kalye serye on the noon-timle show ‘Eat Bulaga.’)
Although AlDub is credited for a record 39 Million tweets, thrashing the 35.6 Million record of the 2014 FIFA World Cup slemi-final match bvetween Germany and Brazil, their “likes” on both their Twitter and Instagram accounts have a lot to be desired.
Depending on which AlDub site you’re following, the couple’s (and their fans’) Twitter page likes is anywhere between 88,000 and 350,000. Their Instagram page likes is about 230,000. Both are a far cry from the Pope’s Twitter record and expected Instagram following.
Well, AlDub fans, you can’t have it all.
In the meantime, AlDub’s competitor TV celebrity, Vice Ganda, is reportedly about to launch an unprecedented social media campaign to outdo AlDub’s record (she has been trying for so long). Stay tuned!