Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (November 23 - 29, 2014)


A quotation of Candace Bushnell on the 'first snow,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (The first snowfall in Toronto: November 17, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Latest on Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests and Bishops


 
Pope Francis

 Photo courtesy: Facebook

Pope Francis has set up a Vatican commission for hearing appeals of Catholic priests and bishops accused of what Church considers delicta graviora (serious sins against the Sacraments), like sexual abuse of minors, wrongful use of the sacrament of penance, and ordination of women, reports the National Catholic Reporter online. 

The seven-member commission within the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to hear clerical appeals of cases involving delicta graviora. Bishops accused in cases involving delicta graviora are to have their appeal heard by the full Vatican Congregation and not only the new commission. 

To know more on different aspects of the issues and cases of sexual abuse by priests and bishops and relevant Church actions on them, you may visit the following:


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (November 16 - 22, 2014)


A quotation of Pope Francis on 'perfect family,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (High-rise apartment buildings on the Bay Street near College Park, Toronto: October 11, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (November 9 - 15, 2014)


A quotation of John Ruskin on 'education,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A light source at a hotel in Halifax, Canada: Nov. 2, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (November 2 - 8, 2014)


A quotation of River Phoenix on the 'halloween,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Halloween carvings on pumpkins in Scarborough, Toronto: October 22, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Today Is the Halloween Day


Today is the October 31st, the Halloween Day. This is the day when people -- young and old -- of the western countries think of witches, ghosts and ghouls.They get a special thrill in scaring people with all kinds of creative ideas, decorations, and costumes.

Originally the Celts were into this Halloween thing and later the Catholic Church tried to give it a religious character by letting people think and pray for their dearly departed who are officially remembered by the Church on the All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). With the immigration of the Irish, Welsh and Scottish people to the USA, Canada, Australia and some other countries, the Halloween customs and rites spread to other ethnic groups. When the business community found it to be financially lucrative, they took it to a new level selling their Halloween items and making billions of dollars in profit.

The following photos depict how the Halloween is represented in the decorations in and around the houses and apartment buildings in Toronto, Canada.






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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (October 26 - November 1, 2014)


A quotation of Caroline Klein Simon on 'how to be a successful woman,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Cloud and jet plane vapours in the sky over a section of Toronto: March 10, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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