Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pope Francis On Arrival Receives A Cordial Welcome in Bangladesh

Pope Francis' First Day in Bangladesh

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid officially receives Pope Francis at the Dhaka Airport (Nov. 30, 2017)
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(L-R) Bangladesh and Vatican flags furl on a roadside in Dhaka (Nov. 30, 2017)   
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On his arrival in Dhaka, Pope Francis, as head of the Vatican State, was given a red-carpet welcome, including a guard of honour, by Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid. Delegations of political and religious authorities, and a groups of children, with their flowers, singing and dancing, were also there. 

Later, praising Bangladesh's efforts in helping the hapless Rohingya refugees within its borders, the Pope also took the opportunity to earnestly appeal to the international communities to extend their hands as much as possible. 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Before Pope's Visit, A Catholic Priest Goes Missing, Ransom Demanded

 Father Walter William Rozario 
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Father Walter William Rozario, 40, an assistant priest of Borni Catholic Church of Natore District  goes missing in the middle of his hectic preparation for bringing his 300-member Catholic group to Dhaka for the visit of Pope Francis on November 30. His younger brother reported to the local police that the miscreants demanded Tk. 300,000 (US. $3,618) for his release.

Local police chief told AFP, "He has been missing since late Monday [Nov. 27]. His mobile [cellphone] has been switched off." Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi Diocese, believe that the priest has been kidnapped and Catholics in the region were deeply worried. The police are engaged in a vigorous search for Fr. Rozario. 

Islamic militants in the recent past were active in the region kidnapping, shooting, and killing people of minority communities. Father Walter Rozario hails from Borni Catholic village, where a local Catholic grocer, Sunil Gomes was mercilessly hacked to death in June, 2016. 

For more on Father Walter William Rozario, please read the following:

News Update: Father Walter William Rozario Has Been Found

New Twist in the Disappearance of Father Walter William Rozario: He Fled in Face of Accusations of Sexual Misconduct 

(Updated on Dec. 2 and 4, 2017)
(Updated on June 15, 2018)

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (November 26 - December 2, 2017)

A quotation of Justin Trudeau on 'freedom,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A plaque at Port Carling, Ontario, Canada: September 3, 2017) Photo © Jerome D'Costa

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Pope Francis' Visit to Bangladesh: Salt+Light TV Interview of Jerome D'Costa

(L-R): Deacon Pedro of the Salt+Light TV, interviewing Jerome D'Costa in view of coming visit of Pope Francis to Bangladesh on November 30 - December 2, 2017
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On the Weekly Edition of Perspectives, Deacon Pedro, English-language producer, speaks with Jerome D'Costa, a Bangladeshi-Canadian communicator, blogger, and writer, who used to work with Caritas Bangladesh (1973 - 1975), the Pratibeshi -- a Bengali-language national Catholic weekly of the Catholic Bishops of Bangladesh (1977 - 1983), and World Vision of Bangladesh (1984 - 1997). 

This interview was first telecast on Friday, November 24, evening and it will be re-telecast on Sunday, November 26, evening. 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pope Francis and Bangladesh

Pope Francis elevates Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario of Bangladesh to the cardinalate in the Vatican (November 19, 2016)
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Pope Francis greets Cardinal-designate Patrick D'Rozario of Bangladesh in the Vatican  
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Another 'November Pope' (called so as three Catholic popes visiting Bangladesh so far came in November) is coming to Bangladesh. He is Pope Francis. He is coming on a three-day state and apostolic visit to Bangladesh on November 30 bringing the message of hope, love, harmony, and peace. He will be the third pope to grace the land of Bangladesh. The second pope to visit Bangladesh was Pope John Paul II on November 19 - 20, 1986. His message to  all Catholics of Bangladesh was to be more faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ and work for better communion and brotherhood among themselves and also with members of other faiths. Bangladesh Catholic Church had given him a rousing welcome. The  first pope, Pope Paul VI, to set foot to Bangladesh (at that time it was known as East Pakistan) was on November 27, 1970. He had stopped for a few hours as a short stopover on his way to Manila, the Philippines, to express his love and sympathy for the terrible November 12 cyclone victims in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. He also made a donation towards relief and rehabilitation work among those victims. 

Pope Francis, originally from Argentina of South American continent, was elected Pope of the Catholic Church in the Vatican on March 13, 2013. From next month onward, his attention fell on Bangladesh, too. He first spoke on the garment factory collapse at Savar and next he gave public statement on the terrorist attack on Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka, he also spoke in support of the Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh, later he named and elevated Dhaka's archbishop Patrick D'Rozario to the cardinalate, and now he is to visit Bangladesh next week. His association with Bangladesh is noteworthy. 

Being from a third-world country of Argentina, Pope Francis easily understands peoples and situations in countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar. He will be the right person to encourage, inspire, and boost the the hopes and aspirations of the people. His motto for Bangladesh visit is "harmony and peace." He knows that harmony and peace are so necessary in a country where people belong to different culture and religions. On November 21, he expressed his eagerness to meet with Catholic and other inter-religious leaders. "I want to meet the entire people. In a special way, I cannot wait to meet the religious leaders in Ramna Park" [Suhrawarthy Uddyan] in Dhaka. 

Bangladesh Government and the Catholic Church are ready to receive Pope Francis with cordiality and open arms. They are ready to hear him and interact with him on different issues. His advent to Bangladesh will act as a source of inspiration and encouragement for greater harmony and peace among peoples of different religions and culture. 

Pope Francis, on his arrival in Dhaka at 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, will lay wreaths and pay homage in the National Martyrs' Memorial [to those who were killed in 1971 Liberation War] and Bangabandhu Memorial [to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation]. He will also meet with country's president Abdul Hamid and government and civic dignitaries and members of foreign diplomatic corps. On Friday, December 1, he is offer solemn morning Mass at the Suhrawardy Uddyan for about 100,000 Christians and he will ordain 16 local deacons to priesthood. In the afternoon, he will meet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy), visit St. Mary's Cathedral at Ramna, speak to the nine bishops of Bangladesh, and, finally, join the leaders in an inter-religious and ecumenical meeting for peace in the open space at the Archbishop's House. A small group of Rohingya refugees will also be present in this meeting. On the final day, Saturday, December 2, in the mid-morning, he will privately visit Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity house at Tejgaon, meet with priests, Brothers, Sisters, seminarians and novices at the Holy Rosary Church, visit the parish cemetery and historic church (old one), meet with young people at Notre Dame College, and go to the Dhaka International Airport for the farewell ceremony. At 5:05 p.m. his plane leaves for Rome. 

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Five Finger Prayer of Pope Francis

Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer
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Pope Francis' Five-Finger Prayer
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We provide above two different quick tips for prayer based on our five fingers. Some say Pope Francis, before becoming a pope, introduced this method, but there's no confirmation of this fact yet. Whatever it is, these tips are helpful for our daily prayers. Children can easily follow these tips in making up their prayers.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (November 19 - 25, 2017)

A quotation of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 'economy, compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Port Carling , Muskoka Lakes area, Ontario: Sept. 3, 2017) © Jerome D'Costa

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SALT+LIGHT Magazine: A Publication of Toronto

SALT+LIGHT Magazine -- an occasional publication from Toronto
Published seasonally by Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, this illustrated Catholic magazine provides news, features, articles and opinions on important Catholic Church and papal events and teaching, Catholic personalities and saints, Salt+Light TV programmes and initiatives, and more.  

It aims to be one of the instruments of the New Evangelization, earlier proposed by late Pope John Paul II. It is "dedicated to being -- and helping others become -- the salt of the earth and the light of the world." Its "mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ and the joy of the Gospel to the world by telling stories of hope that bring people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith."

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It's also available online in English from Toronto at: SALT+LIGHT Magazine

It's also available online in French from Montreal at: Sel+Lumiere

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (November 12 - 18, 2017)

A quotation of Charles William Eliot on 'books,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (November 5 - 11, 2017)

A quotation of Winston Churchill on 'future,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Jerome D'Costa

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DHABOMAN: A Publication of Toronto

Dhaboman -- a bilingual quarterly -- from Toronto
It's a bilingual (Bengali and English language) quarterly literary magazine, published by former Bangladeshi Cadets in Canada. It presents opinions, reminiscences, essays, short and long stories, poems, travel experiences, anecdotes, humor, and more. 

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It's also available online at: Dhaboman

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