Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (August 10 - 16, 2014)


A quotation of Aristotle on 'man and animals,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A Canadian goose in a lawn in Toronto: April 23, 2013) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (August 3 - 9, 2014)


A quotation of Hans Urs von Balthasar on 'gift of God and our gift to God,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Dance of light in Toronto, Canada: April 21, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Perennial Failure of the World Nations


This is in memory of the suffering and dead on both sides of the aisle of the Arab-Israeli conflict
The above design (August 2, 2014): © Jerome D'Costa


The Present Israel-Gaza Situation:
 Background and History of the Conflict:
The Big Powers & the Arab-Israeli Conflict:

On the Palestinians:
On the Jews:



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (July 27 - August 2, 2014)


A quotation of Daisaku Ikeda on 'love,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A wall of the Hudson's Bay Store in Scarborough Town Centre, Toronto: March 30, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (July 20 - 26, 2014)


A quotation of Charles Dickens on 'lightening others' burden,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A night scene in Toronto as seen during a walk: July 19, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Muslims Attack Boldipukur Catholic Rectory, Convent and Nuns in Boldipukur, Bangladesh


The map showing Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh as of 2011
Map Courtesy: The Catholic Directory of Bangladesh, 2011
 (Click on the map above to see an enlarged version)

More than 50 armed Muslims of the locality, on July 6, broke into the Boldipukur Catholic Church rectory and convent and looted some materials and beat and molested some PIME Sisters (nuns), reports the Catholic News Agency (CNA). 

Bishop Seabasstian Tudu, an aboriginal bishop of the Diocese of Dinajpur (located in the north-west of Bangladesh) overseeing 14 parishes including Boldipukur, told the Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity, "The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns... the convent was seriously devastated. Only when the police arrived did the attackers leave the mission."

The Sisters are now in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, for psychological and medical care.

"The attack is obviously a targeted and planned attempt at intimidation. Nuns and priests are being attacked because they stand up for the disadvantaged and minorities," the bishop said. "The most recent attack is clearly a targeted response to Catholics' commitment to the country's poorest people," he added.

The Asianews reports that the attack started at 2:00 a.m. and lasted for an hour and a half. The intruders tied the hands and legs of two night watchmen and gagged them before breaking down the door of the assistant pastor Father Anselmo Marandy who was asleep. They looted some items and then attacked the convent inside the church compound. 

The raiders were demanding the land documents that aboriginal parishoners deposit with reliable persons for safekeeping. Some non-Christian people with ill motive are always on the lookout  for ways to deprive aboriginals of their land and grab them. 

Nirmal Rozario, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association, based in Dhaka, demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits. 

So far, the police arrested 12 Muslims for this attack.
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In the past, there were other attacks and threats on churches, convents and Christians in Bangladesh. For details, you may click on the following:

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (July 13 - 19, 2014)


A quotation of Abraham Lincoln on 'happiness,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A sun-powered plastic sunflower in a car in Dhaka: January 10, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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