Friday, January 19, 2018

Pope Francis Gives Church Marriage to Civilly Married Flight Attendants In a Plane Over Chile

Pope Francis blesses flight-attendant couple (Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest Ruiz) in an impromptu Catholic marriage on his papal flight over Chile
Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images (via Toronto Star)

Pope Francis, in a surprise move during his papal visit on January 18, gave a short church marriage to two civilly-married LATAM Airlines flight attendants at 36,000 feet over Chile. During the flight, when the pope came to learn of the civil marriage of Carlos Ciuffardi (41) and Paula Podest Ruiz (39) and their willingness to marry in a Catholic church, which did not come to be so far due to the destruction of their church in an earthquake, he blessed their marriage on the plane. The Guinness Book of World Records should mention this first record of a marriage by a pope on a flight.  

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pope Francis Wants Certain Words Changed in Italian Translation of the 'Lord's Prayer'

The faithful reciting the Lord's Prayer in a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
Photo courtesy: CNS via Commonweal magazine

Pope Francis in the first week of December last year called for a change in the wordings of the Italian translation of the Lord's Prayer. He wants the traditional wordings "And lead us not into temptation" to be changed as the recent French translation to say "do not let us enter into temptation." The English version also has a similar mistranslation as the Italian one. 

For more, please read the following:

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (January 14 - 20, 2018)

Quotations of Henri Matisse, Anton Chekhov, and Pablo Picasso on 'creativity,' and 'art,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Christmas decorations with lighting at the Eaton Centre of downtown Toronto: Dec. 2017) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

PANORAMA: A Publication of Toronto

Panorama -- a bilingual (Italian and English) newspaper  -- from Toronto
It's an irregular monthly newspaper for Italian-Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area. It provides news, features, and articles on politics, economy, business, community events, entertainment, immigration, environment, food, health, religion, travel, sports, and more. 

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It's also available online at: Panorama

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Friday, January 12, 2018

A Receipt for Magazine Subscription-cum-Donation Gives Out History, Too

A receipt for a monthly Catholic magazine subscription-cum-donation, dated March 22, 1933
My father, Dr. Peter D'Costa, B.H., was a voracious reader -- of newspapers, magazines, and books. I inherited this trait from him! 

When he was in Calcutta (now called 'Kolkata') of British India, he had subscribed to the illustrated Catholic monthly magazine, called India

On receiving the subscription amount, he was sent an official receipt that still gives out, after a long 85 years, quite a bit of history that is both instructive and illuminating.

The receipt mentions the following: 

  • The date of the subscription receipt was "22/3/33" [March 22, 1933].
  • The name of the magazine was "India," an English-language Catholic monthly, which later became extant.
  • It was published from "Nova Goa" [New Goa], "Portuguese India" [a Portuguese colony in western India]. It is interesting to note that although Portuguese was the official language of the then Goa, this English-language monthly was intended for the English-language readers of both Goa and the British India.
  • The editor of the monthly was "Rev. A. P. Lopes," a Roman Catholic priest.
  • The annual subscription was "Rs. 1:8:0" [Indian 1 rupee and 8 annas]. 
  • My father's name was "P.D'Costa, B.H." [Peter D'Costa, Bachelor of Homeopathy] and he lived at "68 Linton Street, Calcutta" (The Linton Street is still there in the Beniapukur area of Kolkata).
  • The name of the pharmacy of my father was "St. Joseph's Homeo Pharmacy."
  • Rs. 1:8:0 was not only a subscription to the 'India' magazine, it was also considered "a donation towards the Missions of India."
  • The editor also mentioned "your name has been added to the list of donors, for whose welfare several Masses and prayers are offered every year."
Previously, in another write-up of mine, I also mentioned how a January 9, 1943 Calcutta house rent receipt also gives out an interesting history. You may click on the following to read it: Flirting With the Past: A House Rent Receipt Speaks History 

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jesuit-Run Georgetown University To Open LGBTQ-Only Campus Housing For Students

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA
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The Catholic Church had a hard stance on sexuality, especially homosexuality. With Pope Francis, things began to change for a softer approach and greater acceptance. In line with this new stance of the first Jesuit Pope (Francis), Jesuit-run Georgetown University took an unforeseen decision for providing exclusive residence to the LGBTQ (L=Lesbian, G=Gay, B=Bisexual, T=Transgender, and Q=Questioning -- i.e. those not yet sure of their gender) students in the campus. This action is keeping many traditional and conservative Catholics' eyes rolling. 

For more on the topic and issue, please read the following: 

In the USA, the conservative and unfavourable attitude of the Americans, including Roman Catholics, towards the LGBTQ people and their lifestyle changed significantly in the last few decades. Several polls, mentioned below, give a picture of that change:

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LIFE AND STYLE VOICE: A Publication of Toronto

Life and Style Voice -- a monthly magazine -- from Toronto
This bilingual (Greek and English) magazine presents news, features, and articles on politics, economy, business, finance, community life, festivals, fashion and style, health, food and drink, science and technology, entertainment, religion, astrology, Greek community events calendar for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and New York, sports, and more.

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It's also available online at: Life and Style Voice

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