On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.
For the first time, the heart relic of Padre Pio, one of the most famous Catholic saints, visited the Philippines for 21 days, from Oct 5 to 21, 2018. With more than 86% of the population Catholic, it was no surprised that thousands of devotees flocked to the churches in Manila, Batangas and Cebu where the relic was displayed, just to have a chance to see and touch the relic of the incorrupt heart of Padre Pio.