Sunday, November 27, 2016

Adverse Reactions and Protests in U.S. and Canada on Donald Trump Win

President-elect Donald Trump
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (Nov. 17, 2016)

Republication presidential election nominee Donald Trump won, in his own language, the "rigged election" on November 8. Until the day of the election, he had been constantly pounding the election campaign trail with his verbal bombardment of the "rigged election."

When he himself won this very rigged election, not by popular votes (Hillary Clinton so far won more than two million popular votes than Donald Trump) but by electoral votes (Trump won 290 and Clinton 232 of these votes), he claimed legitimacy instantly! 

Immediately after the election, protests started and surged all over the U.S. and parts of Canada against Donald Trump's win. Protesters claimed the election to be fraudulent. Now some even want some centres' votes to be recounted to see if fraud was committed.

Whatever it is, now it is the reality that Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton conceded to it, and Trump is going to be the next U.S. President after Barack Obama. 

Donald Trump is now not only the President of the people who directly voted for him, but also voters who voted against him. He wants to make America great, which he can only do if he works both for his supporters but also for his opponents. This is a very delicate balance to be achieved with cool and calm head as well as intelligent prowess. Can Donald Trump do it? That is the question in the minds of the Americans as well as onlookers from around the world.

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The Quotation of the Week (November 27 - December 3, 2016)

A quotation of John F. Kennedy on 'diversity,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Doodles © Jerome D'Costa (Nov. 4, 2016)

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

EELANADU -- A Publication of Toronto

Eelanadu -- a Tamil weekly -- from Toronto
This Tamil-language print-edition weekly is published from Woodbridge of the Greater Toronto Area. It provides news, features, and articles on Canada-world-Sri Lanka politics, economy, culture, entertainment, religion, technology, horoscope, technology, and sports. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pope Francis Extends Abortion Forgiveness Indefinitely

Pope Francis closing the Holy Door to end the Jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Nov. 20
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At the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis, on November 21, through an apostolic letter ('Misericordia et Misera'), extended the time for forgiving abortion indefinitely. Earlier Catholic Bishops could forgive the sin of abortion if the penitent confessed it. Now he extended it to all priests of the world. 

The pope reiterated that "abortion is a grave sin, since it put an end to an innocent life" but he also mentioned that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," reported the Catholic News Agency. 

The Catholic Church teaching on abortion is: a woman, along with others who assist her in procuring abortion, is automatically excommunicated from the Church. Only the Bishops could absolve the sin of abortion and bring back 
these persons to the Church.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pope Francis Elevates Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario to Cardinalate

Pope Francis placing the cardinal's biretta (red hat) on Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC on Nov. 19
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Newly-elevated Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
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Pope Francis on November 19 elevated 17 persons to the status of the cardinal. They come from Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Venezuela, and the USA. 

He warned the new cardinals of the virus of polarization and animosity, and xenophobia. He also asked them to protect refugees, who are often classed as enemies. "The virus of polarization and animosity permeates our way of thinking, feeling and acting," the pope said. "We are not immune from this and we need to take care lest such attitudes find a place in our hearts, because this would be contrary to the richness and universality of the church, which is tangibly evident in the College of Cardinals."

Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC, of the Archdiocese of Dhaka is the first cardinal from Bangladesh. He belongs to the Congregation of Holy Cross, that has been working in the Dhaka and Chittagong regions of Bangladesh since 1853. 

Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, born on October 1, 1043, was ordained priest on October 8, 1972; anointed the bishop of Rajshahi Diocese on September 12, 1990; appointed the bishop of Chittagong Diocese on February 3, 1995; appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop of Dhaka on November 25, 2010; succeeded the Archbishop of Dhaka on October 22, 2011; and named to the cardinalate on November 19, 2016.

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The Quotation of the Week (November 20 - 26, 2016)

A quotation of Barbara De Angelis on 'happiness,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why and How Donald Trump Won the 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump during his election campaign
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (Nov. 16, 2016)

Until the election day on November 8, Donald Trump was complaining of rigged election, thinking that his opponent Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton would win.  Now he has won. Can it be logically said that Donald Trump won the election through the same "rigged system?" Why is he now keeping mum about the rigged election? What an irony!

There is a saying that promises are made to be broken. Donald Trump made so many promises, sometimes weird promises, that he would not be able to fulfill them. 

Any way, let us see why and how Donald Trump won the rancorous 2016 election. Click on the items below to know the details.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pope Francis Visits Former Priests With Families in Rome

Pope Francis, on Nov. 11, meets with families of seven ex-priests in Rome
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Pope Francis greets a child of an ex-priest
Photo courtesy: L'Osservatore Romano via CNA

On the last Mercy Friday, on November 11, during the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis met with seven young ex-priests who married and raised families. This unprecedented gesture of the Pope came as a demonstration of mercy.

On that afternoon, the Pope left his residence, St. Martha's House, in the Vatican and went to Ponte di Nona in the eastern suburb of Rome. Seven former priests with wives and children lived there in an apartment building. 

A Vatican communique said that Pope Francis wanted "to offer a sign of closeness and affection to these young men who have made a choice not often shared by their brother priests and families," reports the Catholic News Agency (CNA). 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (November 13 - 19, 2016)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'mercy,' compiled by Jerome DCosta
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Friday, November 11, 2016

President Barack Obama vs. Impersonator Obama of China

China's Xiao Jiguo impersonates President Barack Obama
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Chinese actor Xiao Jiguo, 30, who looks alike U.S. President Barack Obama, impersonates him in his acting stunts. He has been quite a stir in China for quite some time. 

When President Barack Obama leaves office in January, 2017, what will happen to this actor? 

More acting as a regular actor!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The U.S. Gets Its Czar, President Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump
Artwork © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

The tumultuous and acrimonious U.S. Presidential election campaign culminated in the widely unexpected result, the victory of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. He will be the 45th President of the United States after the two-term President Barack Obama. 

So far Donald Trump received 289 electoral votes as opposed to Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 218. The CNN termed it as "a stunning repudiation of Washington's political establishment. This also proves that the U.S. is not ready yet to accept a lady president.

Accepting the results, Trump called for unity: "I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans," reports the CNN. 

Trump expressed his graciousness toward his opponent Hillary Clinton, saying, "We owe (Clinton) a very major debt of gratitude to her for her service to our country. I say it is time for us to come together as one united people." 

Hillary Clinton did not speak publicly on the election night but conceded her defeat to Donald Trump in a private call to him. Later on Wednesday she publicly conceded her defeat. 

The world reaction to the victory of Donald Trump was varied. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump and he "has expressed confidence that the dialogue between and Washington, in keeping with each other's views, meets the interests of both Russia and the U.S.," reports Russia Today. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating Trump said, "President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel. I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region."

U. K. Prime Minister Theresa May said, "We are, and will remain strong and close partners on trade, security and defense."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, " We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign."

King Salman of Saudi Arabia said: “We wish your excellency success in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “I place great importance on the China-US relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,”

Mexico's reaction was mixed. It said that it would work with President-elect Donald Trump but would not pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

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(Updated on Nov. 9, 2016: 10:30 p.m.)

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