Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (December 21 - 27, 2014)

A quotation of Ruth Carter Stapleton on 'Christmas,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Play of lights on Kennedy Road in Toronto: Dec. 16, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today Is the Victory Day in Bangladesh

Bangladesh muktijuddhas (freedom fighters) raising the flag of Bangladesh

 Artwork © Joachim Romeo D'Costa (2011)

Bangladesh gained its independence from the ruling elite of Pakistan on December 16 of 1971. Millions gave their lives, hundreds of thousands of women lost their honour in the raping armymen of the then West Pakistan and their local East Pakistani collaborators, billions of dollars worth of properties were also lost to army arson and destruction. Today Bangladeshis commemorate that victory with determination and pride.

On this occasion, you may read the following to look back to the history of the 9-month genocide and atrocities in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1971: 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (December 14 - 20, 2014)

A quotation of St. Augustine of Hippo on 'prayer,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A terracotta rabbit and a pig used as children's toys in the village of Bhadun in Bangladesh: January 10, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The NSCTC Launches Its New Catalogue of Catholic Books, Posters, CDs and DVDs

Some of the Catholic books of the NSCTC

The main building of the National Social Catechetical Training Centre (NSCTC)  at Jessore, Bangladesh

Photo courtesy: NSCTC

The National Social Catechetical Training Centre (NSCTC) of Jessore, Bangladesh, recently published its latest Bengali-language catalogue of its books, posters, CDs and DVDs. This particular catalogue is now online at Jerome D’Costa Documents website. 

Interested Bengali-speaking readers, living abroad, will now be able to place their orders through the email and telephone numbers mentioned in the catalogue. 

The catalogued items are divided into following categories: the Bible, biography, catechism, Catholic dictionary, Catholic terminology, Christian life, Christian martyrs, Church Fathers, Church history, healing, holy sacraments, inter-Church and inter-religious issues, liturgy, meditations, pastoral work, plays and songs, social teachings of the Church, and spirituality. The centre also publishes the subscription-based bimonthly magazine 'Mongolbarta' (Good News) in Bengali.

Father Sergio Targa is the director of this centre and Father Silvano Garello, S.X., based in Dhaka, is the editor and one of the writers and translators of books. The National Social Catechetical TrainingCentre has to date published more than 230 books.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Quotation of the Week (December 7 - 13, 2014)

A quotation of Albert Einstein on 'education,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A window with ornamental design in a building in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Nov. 2, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Pope Francis Terms It a Scandal for Turning Churches into 'Businesses'

Pope Francis in a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican , in Oct., 2014
 Photo courtesy: CNA

Pope Francis, speaking to Mass attendees in the Vatican's Santa Marta (Saint Martha) guesthouse on November 21, expressed his disapproval of priests and laity who turn their parishes into a 'business' by charging for items like baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions -- calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive, reports Catholic News Agency/EWTN News.

 “It is interesting: the people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when they slip on a sin, the people know how to forgive them,” the Pope said.  “But there are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive! It is scandalous…”

His Mass homily was based on Luke's gospel where Jesus turns over tables and drives out those who were selling animals and items inside the temple, which, he said was meant for prayer and not for business.

For more on this news, please read: 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

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

A quotation of Edmund Burke on 'triumph of evil,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (National Martyrs' Memorial -- Jatiyo Smriti Shoudho -- at Savar, Bangladesh: Aug. 1, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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