While the U.S. remains the nation sending out the most missionaries as far as raw numbers, sending out almost four times as many as second place Brazil, in proportional terms, the 127,000 international American missionaries were good for only ninth, trailing Palestine and countries like Ireland, Malta, Samoa and South Korea.
The U.S. did top another missionary list—the nation that receives the most international missionaries, seeing 32,400 come in from other nations. The nations with the least amount of Christians did not fare well in receiving missionaries. “The 10 countries with the most non-Christians in 2010 were home to 73 percent of all non-Christians globally. Because many of them restrict or deny missionary access, however, they received only 9 percent of all international missionaries,” notes the Center for the Study of Global Christian at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.Source: Christianity Today
As the world’s Catholics turn to Brazil for the visit by Pope Francis I, the nation is seeing a religious transition. While still home to the most Roman Catholics than any other nation in the world, both the percentages and actual numbers are in decline. Since 1970, the percentage of Catholics in Brazil has dropped from 92 to 65 percent.
The number of religiously unaffiliated and adherents of other, primarily folk, religions have grown, but the sharpest increases have come among Protestants. In 1970, 5 percent of the Brazilian population was Protestant. Forty years later, the percentage shot to 22, fueled primarily by explosive growth among Pentecostals, which account for 14 percent of the population themselves.Source: Pew Forum
According to a new study on world leaders and the microblogging site, U.S. President Barack Obama (@BarackObama) is the most popular on Twitter with 33,510,157 followers as of July 1, 2013, followed by Pope Francis I (@Pontifex). The study compiled a wide range of data from the Twitter accounts of 505 heads of state, foreign ministers and governments from 153 countries during the month of July.
Despite President Obama’s substantial lead in followers, Francis I was the most influential on Twitter, in terms of average number of retweets per update. His Spanish language account generates more than 11,000 retweets for every tweet, while his English version averages more than 8,200. By comparison, President Obama usually sees 2,300 retweets for each tweet.Source: Twiplomacy
Most people have problems with their own email in-boxes filling up with unanswered messages, but often don’t think about how they can help people on the receiving end of the emails they write. The object of the email is to generate a response from a person who is more likely than not busy and predisposed to ignore yet another email. So how do you get that response you’re after? You don’t want to be too abrupt or too wordy. Keep them simple. Five sentences seems to be the magic number.
“Proper email is a balance between politeness and succinctness,” said author, speaker and tech guru Guy Kawasaki. “Less than five sentences is often abrupt and rude, more than five sentences wastes time.”Source: Fast Company
For the first time since Pew began to poll on the favorability of the Supreme Court in 1985, their favorable rating dropped below 50 percent. In March, prior to their end-of-term rulings on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, 52 percent of Americans had a favorable impression of the Supreme Court.
A steep drop in the approval of African Americans accounts for much of the decline. In the March survey, they overwhelmingly saw the Supreme Court positively (61 percent compared to a negative view held by 24 percent). In the most recent polling, they are almost evenly split with a slim plurality (44 to 41 percent) viewing them favorably. The court is also increasingly viewed as liberal by conservatives, with 50 percent holding that opinion versus 22 percent just six years ago.Source: Pew Research