About half a million pilgrims descended on Copacabana beach marking the start of World Youth Day in the pouring rain ready to answer the Pope's call to become missionaries. The rain did nothing to deter the young people as they prepared for the Opening Mass. It was a very different scene to what I am used to in England, or even to what I witnessed at the last WYD.
The pope has some solace for those unable to make the trip to Brazil for World Youth Day next week - an occasion that by attending helps the soul in purgatory. By making use of social media and the internet to watch these events, and read speeches made there the user with a genuine spiritual heart (there is the catch) may obtain an indulgence.
Bangladesh's garments industry, the life-line of millions of people and one of its major national export industries, is now in tatters. The government recently announced the shutdown of 18 garment factories due to safety concerns. Critics fear that the government does not have the ability or intention to bring back confidence to factory workers by robustly implementing health and safety measures in the industry.