Friday, May 22, 2015

The TTC Needs A Cleaning


A dead rat and a construction work jacket lying in the west-bound TTC train track in Warden Station (Photo: April 23, 2015)
 
The same rat and construction work jacket lying in the same place as above for 26 days and nights (Photo: May 19, 2015)
Both the photos © Jerome D'Costa

Yes, literally, the TTC needs a cleaning! The above photos are the proof of that. What's the difference between the first photo and the second photo above? Nothing. For long 26 days and nights the west-bound TTC rail track at the Warden Station did not undergo any cleaning.The dead rat is still there, the construction work jacket, cut into half by the running train, is still lying in the same place. This mess neither drew the attention of the train track cleaners nor their supervisors. What were they doing one wonders.

Does this mess reflect on the present situation of the TTC? A cleaning is needed indeed.


















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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Vatican Officially Recognizes the State of Palestine


Pope Francis greeting Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine in the Vatican
Photo courtesy: AFP

The Vatican in a new treaty recently with Palestine officially recognized the state of Palestine, reports the AP.

This new treaty, which replaces the previous one with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), mainly deals with the Catholic Church activities (centuries-old administration of certain holy places linked to Jesus Christ, charitable works, and the like) in Palestine and it also gives formal diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine. Israel expressed its disappointment with this recognition.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (May 17 - 23, 2015)


A quotation of Margaret Thatcher on 'woman,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (A girl child) by Mary D'Costa (September 30, 2013)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Catholics in Politics


                                                   Artwork by Jerome D'Costa


Pope Francis, on April 29, gave a call to Catholics all over the world to engage in politics no matter how 'dirty,' frustrating and fraught with failure it is, reports the Catholic News Service. The Pope said individual Catholics must get involved and "embroiled" in politics because it is one of the "highest forms of charity" since he seeks the common good.

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Almost two years ago, on September 16, 2013, Pope Francis gave a similar call to Catholics to participate actively in politics for the common good. You may read the following for details:


Some persons see Pope Francis as a skilled politician, others see him as a "leftist" one. Some others express their apprehension on in which direction his politics will lead the Catholic Church to. On this you may read the following:


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (May 3 - 9, 2015)


A quotation of Goethe on 'deception,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Doodle (A snake: January 16, 1995) © Jerome D'Costa

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pope Francis to New Priests of His Diocese in Rome: Don't be a peacock; give no boring sermons; never refuse baptism


Pope Francis


Artwork: Joachim Romeo D'Costa

Pope Francis, on April 26, presiding over the ordination of 19 Rome Diocese seminarians to the priesthood, warned them against being vain and living for their own pleasure. He also told them not to be a peacock. He also told them not to give boring sermons and not to refuse to give baptism to one who asks for it.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (April 26 - May 2, 2015)


A quotation of Charles Caleb Colton on 'religion,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Doodle (Going to the church: June 23,1994) © Jerome D'Costa

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