Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (February 1 - 7, 2015)


A quotation of Taisen Deshimaru Roshi on 'happiness,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Based on a photo of a bush in Toronto: Oct. 11, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (January 25 - 31, 2015)


 A quotation of Pope Francis on 'being saints,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A statue of Jesus and Mary, St. Lawrence the Martyr Church, Toronto: Dec. 12, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pope Francis and the "Secrets of the Vatican"


St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

Recently Pope Francis rebuked the Curia (various departments of the Vatican) officials in no uncertain terms for their behaviour that does not behoove of them. The strong language he used against them publicly is unprecedented in the history of the Catholic Church.

To understand why the pope used such harsh words, you may visit the following sites:



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (January 18 - 24, 2015)


A quotation of Carl Sandburg on 'baby,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo ( A newborn baby's yawn in Toronto: January 24, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (January 11 - 17, 2015)


A quotation of Nelson Mandela on 'real leaders,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A Bangladeshi doll, Dhaka: 1989) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Archbishop Emeritus Paulinus Costa of Dhaka Is No More


Archbishop Paulinus Costa

Archbishop Emeritus Paulinus Costa of the Archdiocese of Dhaka, Bangladesh, died of heart attack on January 3, reports the Vatican Radio. He was 78 and a diabetic with long-time complications. 

He was the archbishop of Dhaka after being transferred from the Diocese of Rajshahi on July 9, 2005 after the retirement of Archbishop Michael Rozario. After serving for six years as the archbishop of Dhaka, he retired on October 22, 2011. He was spending his retiring days at Holy Rosary Parish at Tejgaon, Dhaka.

Born at Choto Shatanipara village under Rangamatia Parish in Gazipur District on October 19, 1936, he studied at the Little Flower Preparatory Seminary and Holy Cross High School at Bandura, then in Dhaka District. He then studied at St. Joseph Intermediate Seminary at the Archbishop’s House at Ramna, and Notre Dame College, both in Dhaka. In 1957, he was sent to the Propaganda Fide College in Rome for studies in philosophy and theology and was ordained a diocesan priest on December 21, 1963. 

After his return from Rome, he worked in several parishes including Jalchatra in the thenTangail District and Srimongal in the then Sylhet District. In 1973, he became the founding-rector of the National Major Seminary, Bangladesh’s first major seminary, in Dhaka. He served there until he became the bishop of the Diocese of Rajshahi in 1996. 

Archbishop Paulinus was committed to peaceful coexistence among various religious communities and he was given Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award in 2007 for his work in this field. In 2010, the Human Rights Legal Aid Society gave him recognition for his human rights work in Bangladesh. He also gave a long-time service to Caritas Bangladesh in different capacities. 

He will be buried tomorrow, January 7, in the compound of the Archbishop's House at Ramna, Dhaka, where former archbishops Theotonius Amal Ganguly, CSC, and Michael Rozario are also buried. 

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (January 4 - 10, 2015)


A quotation of Cyril Cusak on 'New Year Resolution,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A Bell Canada telephone line manhole in Toronto: July 15, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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