Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 15 - 21, 2018)


A quotation of Martha Graham on 'adversity,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A house on fire in Huntingwood area of Toronto at 11:21 p.m.: July 3, 2018) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Intellectual and Emotional Closeness of Pope John Paul II and Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka


Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Pope John Paul II as a cardinal in a skiing trip in Poland
Photo courtesy: bbc.com/

Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Pope John Paul II in the Vatican
Photo courtesy: www.bbc.com/

According to the BBC Panorama programme, titled The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul, aired in mid-February of 2016, revealed that letters between Pope John Paul II and Poland-born American philosopher Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka demonstrate an intellectual and emotional closeness between them. These letters were being held in the archives of the National Library of Poland since 2008 and were inaccessible to people for decades. Ultimately, after much efforts, a BBC journalist was able to see only the letters of Pope John Paul II, while the letters of Mrs. Tymieniecka are still kept in the dark. 

This contact, some call it 'intense friendship,' others 'unrequited love,' started in 1973 when Pope John Paul II, known as Karol Wojtyla, was the archbishop of Krakow in Poland and lasted until his death in 2005. 

The BBC mentioned that their correspondence that started in a formal tone graduated to more intimate tone as the years passed by. 

Marsha Malinowski, a rare manuscript dealer who facilitated the sale of the letters, said: " I do believe she completely fell in love with him during the first phase of their relationship."

But a spokesman of National Library of Poland's archives told BBC:"John Paul II was surrounded by a circle of friends -- including clergymen, nuns, and laypeople -- with whom he stayed in close contact. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka was within this circle of friends -- John Paul II's friendship with her was neither secret nor extraordinary."

The archives let the BBC journalist look at the letters of Pope John Paul II only, but for some unknown reasons, not those of Mrs. Tymieniecka, although she herself in interviews previously denied her love for the Pope. Then, what is there in the letters of Mrs. Tymieniecka that hinders them to make them public? If the letters are innocent, they should be made public. The Catholic Church asks the laity to be transparent in their words and deeds and why doesn't it apply to the members of the hierarchy? We hope that the National Library of Poland archives will do the right thing to release Mrs. Tymieniecka's letters for public view and help people better understand St. Pope John Paul II (Pope Francis declared him a saint on April 27, 2014) and Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. According to the Bible, the truth shall make us all free. Otherwise, some people will always have a doubt about the pope's saintliness. 

To learn more on the topic, please read the following:


  • In Defense of Pope John Paul II:
(Updated on July 12, 2018)


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 8 - 14, 2018)


A quotation of Banksy on 'graffitti,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A graffitti on a park wall in Toronto: July, 2018) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Philippine President Duterte Calls God 'Stupid' For Allowing Adam and Eve To Commit Original Sin



President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines
Photo courtesy: www.washingtontimes.com


President Duterte (front) praying at a wedding Mass in a Manila church on Sept. 16, 2017
Photo courtesy: www.philstar.com
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, a Roman Catholic, in a recent televised speech in Davao, condemned the Original Sin story of Adam and Eve and termed God 'stupid' for doing that. 

 "Who is this stupid God? You [God] created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work," he said.

Criticizing the concept of the Original Sin, that automatically taints all human beings because of their descent from Adam and Eve, he told his audience:"You weren't born yet, but now you have original sin." He then added: "What kind of religion is that? I can't accept it."

His comments on God generated widespread adverse reactions, but President Duterte said what he spoke about God was his personal belief and that "not in a million years" would he apologize for blaspheming God this way.

This President, in the past, criticized Pope Francis in a crude language. He also cussed against and cursed Catholic priests in the Philippines. He claimed that he and another boy were abused by a foreign Jesuit priest when they were studying in a Catholic school.

For more on this issue, please read the following: 


(Updated on July 7, 2018)


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 1 - 7, 2018)


A quotation of Dean Koontz on 'benefits of caring for a dog,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A lady with a pair of warmly-attired dogs on the Woodbine Beach of Toronto, Canada: April, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (June 24 - 30, 2018)


A quotation of Chef Susur Lee on 'comparing oneself to others,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A rotten tree branch collar in Scarborough, Toronto: April 24, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Monday, June 18, 2018

WOMEN'S POST: A Publication of Toronto


Women's Post -- a quarterly publication of Toronto
It's a professional business-women's quarterly printed news magazine and a "social enterprise designed to promote women and their initiatives across Canada," providing news, features, and articles on politics, economy, business, lifestyle, fashion, science and technology, environment, personality profile, health and fitness, travel, recipes, books, and more.

Email contact: editor@womenspost.ca

It's also available online daily at: Women's Post



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (June 17 - 23, 2018)


A quotation of  late Father John Weelink  of Toronto, Canada, on 'Dare to be ... you!,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (June 10 - 16, 2018)


A quotation of Edward Everett on 'education,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A walkway in an apartment building in Scarborough, Toronto: April, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (June 3 - 9, 2018)


A quotation of Muccia Prada on 'fashion,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A mannequin -- with the latest fashion -- sitting in a Hudson's Bay store in Toronto - Dec. 27, 2017) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (May 27 - June 2, 2018)


A quotation of Elka Ruth Enola on 'morality and dogma,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (a clay model of a bear: Toronto, 2016) © Ujjal Peter D'Costa

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ETHNIC FOOD AND DRINK: A Publication of Toronto


Ethnic Food and Drink -- a publication of Toronto
It's a tabloid newspaper providing information on where to buy and eat good ethnic (of different nationalities) food and drink in Toronto. In addition, it gives information and tips on bakeries, delis, restaurants, festivals, events and recipes. 

Email contact: ethnicfood.ca@gmail.com or info@ethnicfood.ca

It's also available online at: Ethnic Food and Drink



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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (May 20 - 26, 2018)


A lady at the Sibbald Point Beach in Ontario, Canada 
Sketch © Joachim Romeo D'Costa (2010) 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

British Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle Marry


The wedding dresses of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,
as pre-conceived by our artist on the eve of their marriage (May 18, 2018)
Artwork © Joachim Romeo D'Costa (Toronto)

With royal pomp and pageantry Britain's Prince Harry -- younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana -- married American actress Meghan Markle. Millions of viewers around the globe witnessed the rare ceremony over their TV sets. 

This wedding marks a historical footmark in the long tradition and heritage of the British royalty. Meghan Markle is the first biracial lady to wed a British royal. Not only that, a black American  Episcopalian bishop, Michael Curry, preached at the wedding ceremony and a black young cellist played a music there. This wedding represented a groundbreaking openness and inclusiveness that impressed and attracted the hearts of millions of people in the world. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PERSIAN TRIBUNE: A Publication of Toronto


Persian Tribune -- a monthly magazine of Toronto
This English-language magazine covers Iran, Dubai, France, Canada, USA, and the world with features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, finance, insurance, real estate, arts and culture, personalities, entertainment, health and fitness, food and wine, environment, book reviews, and more. It has other editions published from Dubai, Paris, and Woodland Hills of California in USA. 

Email address: contact@persiantribune.ca

It's also available online at: Persian Tribune





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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (May 13 - 19, 2018)


A quotation (from Cuesta College brochure) on 'hearing, listening and understanding,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (2016)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

THAIVEEDU: A Publication of Toronto


Thaiveedu -- a Tamil-language monthly newspaper of Toronto
This monthly, covering Canada, Sri Lanka, India, and world, provides news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, business, entertainment, law and order, environment, health and fitness, food, real estate, science and technology, religion, literature, puzzles, sports and more. 

Email contact: info@thaiveedu.com

It's available online at: Thaiveedu

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

THE PROBASHI: A Publication of Toronto


The Probashi -- a publication of Toronto


It’s an online publication covering Bangladesh, Canada, and world with news, features, articles, andopinions on politics, economy, finance, lifestyle, immigration, entertainment, food and nutrition,health and fitness, sports, and more.

It also gives special coverage of Bangladeshis living in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, U. K., U.S.A., Canada, and Brazil.

Email contact: theprobashi@gmail.com

It’s available online at: The Probashi

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (May 6 - 12, 2018)


A quotation of Ivo Andric on 'a woman's weeping,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artworks (A crying girl: Oct. 10, 2017) © Andrea Mary D'Costa

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (April 29 - May 5, 2018)


A quotation of Philip Roth on 'everyone becoming a part of history,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Image (a sketch of  U.S. novelist Philip Roth by Anthony Hare) courtesy: National Post (Toronto: Oct. 5, 2010)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alec Minassian Mows Down Pedestrians in Toronto Killing 10 And Wounding 14 Others




Toronto van attack: Witness video of takedown of person 
believed to be suspect (April 23, 2018)

Video courtesy: cbc.ca/ video in youtube.com


Alec Minassian, 25, hiring a white rental van deliberately plowed down Toronto's busy Yonge Street sidewalk killing 10 persons and injuring 14 others. This carnage took place in a 2.2 kilometre sidewalk, adjacent to Yonge Street, leaving this unfathomable death and destruction. 

Ultimately Constable Ken Lam of the Toronto Police Department faced the attacker and was able to arrest him without firing any shot. 

To learn more, kindly read the following:


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (April 22 - 28, 2018)


Quotations of Joseph Hadyn, Ann Tucker, Anonymous, and George Jean Nathan on 'art,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Images courtesy: Jason Mecier of San Francisco, USA, via Metro -- a Toronto newspaper
(1st image is of U.S. film actor Kevin Bacon, made with strips of real bacon, and 2nd image is of the former U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, made with real grains of rice!)

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Friday, April 20, 2018

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: A Publication of Toronto


The Globe and Mail -- a daily newspaper -- from Toronto
This broadsheet national daily covers Canada and world with news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, finance, business and investing, entertainment, environment, science and technology, education, health and fitness, food and drink, arts and culture, automobiles and driving, beauty and fashion, lifestyle, literature, aging and retirement, real estate and housing, law and order, immigration and multiculturalism, religion, personalities, sports, and more.

Email contact: newsroom@globeandmail.com

It's also available online at: The Globe and Mail



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Beauty of Snow in Toronto




The wintry snow makes Toronto a beautiful place. See some sample photos (taken in December, 2010) below:
























Photos (Toronto: December, 2010) © Jerome D'Costa


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BENTO BOX: A Publication of Toronto


Bento Box -- a monthly magazine from Toronto
This is a "Toronto-based Japanese New Concept Magazine...to provide fresh and exciting content for its readers." It provides latest news in Toronto of the rich Japanese culture, food and drinks, beauty, shopping ideas, travel ideas, health and fitness, media (music, movie, and videos), and more. 

Email contact: info@bentobox.ca

It's also available online at: BentoBoxMagazine



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Monday, April 16, 2018

BANGLA REPORTER: A Publication of Toronto


Bangla Reporter -- a weekly -- from Toronto
This Bengali-language weekly of Toronto is presently being published only online; its printed edition is not being brought out due to some "technological problems." It covers Bangladesh, Canada, and world with news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, business, finance, entertainment, science and technology, personalities, health and fitness, law and order, religion, literature, travel, sports, and more. 

Email contact: editor@banglareporter.com

It's available online at: Bangla Reporter



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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happy Bangla (Bengali) New Year 1425



Happy Bangla (Bengali) New Year 1425 To You All!






Bangla Noboborsho (Bengali New Year) designs with arts and crafts
 © Joachim Romeo D'Costa (April 14, 2018)


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The Quotation of the Week (April 15 - 21, 2018)


Quotations of Letitia Baldrige, Bindi Irwin, Arthur Wing Pinero, Boy George, and Phyllis Logan on 'drinking tea,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Cups of tea) © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (April 1, 2018)

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Midnight House Fire In Scarborough As I Saw It



A gentleman in his early 60's is in critical condition after his house was on fire in the midnight. Paramedics took him to a Toronto trauma centre. Three members of his family escaped the two-alarm fire with minor injuries. Toronto Fire department personnel put out the fire but the house incurred severe damages. Investigation on the cause of this fire is still on. 

My video record of the fire can be viewed below: 









Above videos by Jerome D'Costa (April 14, 2018)


(Updated on April 15, 2018)


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Friday, April 13, 2018

HERALD MONTHLY: A Publication of Toronto


Herald Monthly -- Chinese-language newspaper -- from Toronto
This family-oriented newspaper, published by Chinese Christian Herald Crusades of Canada, has Canada East and Canada West editions. It provides a forum for Chinese Canadians on social issues, gives inspiration and insight to face challenges and struggles in life, and helps to uphold the Christian world view of life as a viable alternative.

It covers news, features and articles on local and world news, social concerns, true life stories, arts, entertainment, family life, Christian faith, local community and Church news, food, health and fitness, and science and technology.

Email contact: toronto@cchc.org

It's also available online at: Herald Monthly






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Thursday, April 12, 2018

RENTALS4STUDENTS: A Publication of Toronto


Rentals4Students -- a half-yearly magazine -- from Toronto
This magazine helps about two dozen Canadian college and university students find rental apartments and properties in different towns and cities.

Email contact: info@mediaclassified.ca

It's also available online at: Rentals4Students

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

VLAMBARAM: A Publication of Toronto


Vlambaram -- a Tamil bi-weekly -- from Toronto
This Tamil-language bi-weekly, "Canada's Oldest Tamil Newspaper," for the Tamil community of Toronto, covers Sri Lanka, India, Canada, and world by publishing news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, business, finance, entertainment, health and fitness, real estate, environment, religion, education, science and technology, literature, travel, sports, puzzles, and more. 

Email contact: vlambaram@sympatico.ca (or info@vlambaram.com)

It's also available online at: Vlambaram



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Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (April 8 - 14, 2018)


Quotations on 'power and corruption and abuse of power,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa 
Image © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (2016)

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

CBN (Canadian Bangladeshi News): A Publication of Toronto


CBN -- a newspaper -- from Toronto
The CBN (Canadian Bangladeshi News) is a bilingual (Bengali and English) newspaper -- covering Bangladesh, Canada, and the world -- provides news, features, articles, and opinions on community events, arts and culture, politics, business and finance, immigration, entertainment, education, lifestyle, beauty and fashion, health and fitness, food, literature, sports and more. 

Email contact: cbn24.ca@gmail.com

It's also available online at: CBN



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