An estimated 96% population of Catholic belief, a significant Portugal legacy, East Timor is the second largest Catholic country in Asia next to Philippines.
A visit from the head of the Catholic Church marked by a mass celebrated on October 12, 1989, what I can only assume not only further elevated Timorese faith but also ignited the passion to continue to fight for the country independence.
Though, a lot of write-ups had speculated on the political side of the late Pontiff visit to the small island nation of Timor Leste, the mere fact that he was the only world leader to visit the nation during its darkest hour, via wide media coverage of his arrival has shed international awareness to the continuing struggle that Timorese was facing then.
On a lighter side, the Tasitolu – Pope John Paul II statue route is a good or even better alternative to the usually crowded Cristo Rei for the exercise/running enthusiasts.
The area of Tasitolu is blessed with beautiful mountain greenery view, a lake that can be circled around and a park decorated with traditional Timorese palm thatch roof gates.
Like Cristo Rei, the elevated hills of the Pope statue location offers a magnificent panoramic view of the bay across and the stretch of the city.
Capturing the last two frames is where I truly appreciate how beautiful East Timor is, how blessed I am to be here despite the many times that I find myself complaining on the lack of many modern city perks.