Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (January 15 - 21, 2017)

A quotation of Derek Bok on 'education,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A child's chalkboard in Toronto: March 22, 2015) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (January 8 - 14, 2017)

An African proverb on 'going fast or farther,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (a dog) by Shouvik Mikhail D'Costa

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year To You All!

Artwork by Andrea Mary D'Costa (aged 6 years)

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The Quotation of the Week (January 1 - 7, 2017)

A quotation of Robert F. Kennedy on 'achievement,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Green leaves in Toronto: July 4, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Vatican Scandals and Reforms of Pope Francis

The Vatican City, with St. Peter's Basilica, in Rome, Italy
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Pope Francis
Pope Francis, from the first day of his papacy, has been striving for bringing about reforms in the Vatican as well as in the Catholic Church. He has been trying to make us all focus on Jesus Christ -- his teachings and exemplary life -- which were full of pastorality, love, simplicity, poverty, and non-pompous and non-judgmental nature. 

This article touches on some of the recent scandals in the Vatican and the Church, and how Pope Francis is going about reforms. It also mentions that scandals and sins were there both in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It further suggests some actions Catholic lay men and women (God created ordinary man and woman first and the clergy or the hierarchy came about much later to serve them spiritually and pastorally) can take to learn from them and help minimize the number and intensity of future scandals. 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Archbishop Cacucci of Southern Italy Cancels Commenmoration Mass for Canadian Mafia Figure

Map of Italy with the City of Bari (in the middle, lower right)
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Archbishop Francesco Cacucci of Bari-Bitonto of southern Italy and a local police chief have forced the parish priest of Grumo Appula town to cancel a publicly-called commemoration Mass for a slain Canadian mafia figure Rocco Sollecito, 67. Grumo Appulia is the ancestral home of Mr. Sollecito.

The archbishop called it a "great scandal" and said it was inappropriate for someone who didn't live a Christian life, reports CBCnews. 

Pope Francis in June of 2014 excommunicated all Mafia from the Catholic Church and he is the first pope ever to do so. The mafia, an organization that depends on financial profits and gains made from serious criminal activities and does not hesitate to kill its opponents, has been in an unholy alliance for centuries with a section of priests and bishops in Italy and elsewhere. Mafia members are usually Roman Catholics, most of whom attend Masses, receive holy communion, make substantial financial contributions to the churches, and have their baptisms, confirmations and marriages in the church. The mafia are also called 'mobster' or 'mob.'

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Monday, December 26, 2016

SHE Canada: A Publication of Toronto

SHE Canada -- a bimonthly magazine -- from Toronto
This magazine deals with beauty, fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, food, health, travel and more. 

It's also available online at: SHE Magazine
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