It was February, 1983. I wrote a book in Bangla (Bengali) on Christian Religion for Christian (Catholic and Protestant) students of grades 9 and 10 in Bangladesh. It was a study aid book, called Christan Dharmashikkha Shahayika, dealing with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Several years later, the Director of the National Social Catechetical Training Centre of Jessore (this centre trains catechists, religion teachers, and social leaders) invited me to give talks to a group of high school Christian Religion teachers who were being given special training on teaching religion. I was to let them know how to effectively use my book in teaching religion to their students. That was the first time I was in the Centre. The facilities and administration of the Centre impressed me. I especially liked the Catholic religious artworks spread around in different buildings. During the course of my two-day stay there, I took photos of the Centre. After all these years, I am sharing some of these photos with you.
The General Hall of the Centre is used for training
The beautiful garden is good for a time of prayer, meditation and silence
Administrative offices and trainees' living rooms are housed in the Main Building
Some of the trainees in the classroom
Other trainees in the class
Assistant Director Father Albino Khokon Sarker (left, 2nd row), Father Joseph S. Peixotto, C.S.C. (another speaker -- 6th from left, back row) and Sister M. Bruno, C.S.C. (Administrator of the Centre -- 2nd from right, back row) with the group of Religion teacher trainees
Father Joseph S. Peixotto, C.S.C. (middle) and Father Albino Khokon Sarker are offering Holy Mass for the trainees
A beautiful stained glass
Another stained glass with Bangla words ("Forgive us our tresspasses") taken from the Lord's Prayer
A stained glass with the Bangla words "Deliver us from evil."
A stained glass with words "Holy be thy name."
Another stained glass with the words "Let Thy kingdom come."
A batik print on the Last Supper of Christ with his twelve disciples
A batik print depicting the crucifixion of Christ
A batik print depicting the birth of Jesus
A batik print on Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus' flight to Egypt The Madonna (Baby Jesus with his mother Mary)
A batik print on the Fiat (Mary's acceptance of Angel Gabriel's announcement that Jesus would be born of her womb)
A beautiful mosaic of the Holy Trinity adorns the altar section of the chapel
A painting on the scourging of Christ
This Centre also publishes a bimonthly magazine, called Mongolbarta(Good News), that deals with the Bible and Catholic Church teachings on faith.
Religious and spiritual book publishing, under the direction of Dhaka-based Father Silvano Garello, S.X., is also another important work of this Centre. So far, it has published more than 100 books and booklets. Two samples of these books are shown below:
Guido Conforti: Xaverian Shomprodayer Protishthata(Guido Conforti: Founder of the Xaverian Society)
Bangladesher Teen Bondhu (Three Friends of Bangladesh) by Father G. Silvano (Silvano Garello, S.X.)
To know more on the publications of this Centre, you may click on the following:
This cedar tree, when growing up as a plant, perhaps was damaged by strong wind or human action. It had to face its hostile surroundings. Although it had to struggle when growing up, it did not give up. It became crooked but it still continued its journey forward. Perhaps the owner of the tree was impressed by its indomitable spirit as well as its beauty in deformity. The tree, as if, is standing in a dancing pose! Now it is a strong tree surviving all the odds. It is now inside the compound of a restaurant. In the Summer, when restaurant patrons sit on tables set up in the front lawn, this unusual tree becomes an important topic of their discussion.
Similarly, human beings also face a lot of difficulties and barriers from their birth. There are discouragements, there are hatreds, there are envies and there are even hostilities in front of them. Those, who can wade through these murky waters with their heads held high, can succeed in life. Whatever qualities they have, they must give their best to pursue goals. They may bend, but they must not break! That very attitude of persistence will make them free.
There are innumerable books on and by Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the market. In the meantime, a good number of DVD films also have come out.
On the occasions of the 100th anniversary (August 26, 2010) and 13th death anniversary (September 5, 2010) of Mother Teresa, I have compiled a comprehensive list of these books and DVD films in alphabetical order. If you are interested to know the details of each of them, you may go online and give a search. There's no doubt that many readers and viewers will benefit from these books and DVDs. 1. Books on Mother Teresa:
A Beautiful God to Love (to Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Charles de Foucauld, Leonardo da Vinci, Martin Luther King) by Issoufou Ouattara (2006).
A Life for God: The Mother Teresa Reader by Servant Publications (1995).
A Retreat with Mother Teresa and Damien of Molokai: Caring for Those Who Suffer by Joan Guntzelman (1999).
A Revolution of Love: The Meaning of Mother Teresa by David Scott (2005).
A Straight Word to Kids & Parents: Help for Teen Problems by Anthony Campolo.
Always the Poor, Mother Teresa: Her Life and Message by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (1980).
Apostle of Love: The Life of Mother Teresa by Rukmini Chawla (2005).
At Prayer With Mother Teresa by Eileen Egan and Judy Bauer (1999).
Blessed Are You: Mother Teresa and the Beatitudes by Eileen Egan (1992).
Blessed Mother Teresa: Her Journey to Your Heart by T. T. Mundakel (2003).
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: The Making of a Saint by Mario Cardinal (2003).
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Memoir by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (2006).
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary of Charity (Encounter the Saints Series) by Mary Kathleen Glavich, S.N.D. (2003) (For children aged 9 to 12 years).
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Seeing Jesus in Others by Ralph Ranieri. (For children).
Confessions of a Twentieth-Century Pilgrim by Malcolm Muggeridge (1988).
Dear Mother Teresa by Andy Andracki (2005).
Mother Teresa by Masahide Kikai (a children's Manga comic book) (2007).
Experiencing Jesus with Mother Teresa by Jean Maalouf (2006).
Faith and Compassion: The Life and Work of Mother Teresa by Raghu Rai and Navin Chawla (1996).
Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service by Mary Poplin (2008).
For the Love of God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Georges Goree and Jean Barbier (1974).
From Grief to Action: Caring on the Spirits of Princess Diana & Mother Teresa by Anita L. Pace (1998).
For the Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God by Kathryn Spink (1981).
I Loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta -- A Secret Revealed by Father Paul Murray, O.P. (2008). (A deeper meaning of the "dark night" experiences of Mother Teresa is portrayed).
I Need Souls Like You: Sharing in the Work of Mother Teresa Through Prayer and Suffering by Kathryn Spink (1984).
I Thirst (a booklet) by Father George W. Kosicki, C.S.B. (Satisfy Jesus' thirst for souls the way Saint Faustina Kowalskaya and Mother Teresa did) (2004).
I Thirst: Saint Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Jacques Gauthier (2005).
In Mother Teresa's House: A Hospice Nurse in the Slums of Calcutta by Rosemary Dew (2006).
Learning About Love From the Life of Mother Teresa by Brenn Jones (2003). (For children aged 7 to 9 years).
Lessons for Living: Blessed Mother Teresa by Amy Wellborn (2003).
Life With Mother Teresa: My Thirty-Year Friendship With the Mother of the Poor by Sebastian Vazhakala (2004).
Listenting to God with Mother Teresa by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker (2010).
Little Acts of Love (a comic book on Mother Teresa) (2010). (For children).
Living in Love: A Compilation of Mother Teresa's Teachings on Love by Glenna Hammer Moulthrop (2001).
Lives of the Saints: From Mary and St. Francis of Assissi to John XXIII and Mother Teresa by Father Richard McBrien, C.S.C. (2003).
Love Never Faileth: Eknath Easwaran on St. Francis, St. Augustine, St. Paul, and Mother Teresa by Eknath Easwaran (1996).
Love Until It Hurts: The Work of Mother Teresa & Her Missionaries of Charity by Daphnae Rae (1981).
Love Without Borders: Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Georges Goree and Jean Barbier (1977).
Love Without Measure: The Spirituality of Service of Mother Teresa by John Kirvan (2004).
Luminous Life of Mother Teresa by Shyam Dua (2004).
Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda and Some Important Events of India from 1941 to March 1995 by Saroj Kanti Majumdar (1996).
Messenger of God's Love by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1983).
Mother Teresa by Amy Ruth (1999).
Mother Teresa by Ann Fitzpatrick (2005).
Mother Teresa by Anne Sebba (1998).
Mother Teresa by Ben Alex (1995).
Mother Teresa by Candice Ransom (2000). (For children aged 4 to 6 years).
Mother Teresa by Caroline Evenson Lazo (1993).
Mother Teresa by Charlotte Gray (1990).
Mother Teresa by Children's Press (1991). (For children).
Mother Teresa by Demi (2010). (For children aged 7 to 10 years).
Mother Teresa by Desmond Doig (1978).
Mother Teresa by Eerdmans Publishing (1986).
Mother Teresa by Elaine Murray Stone (1999).
Mother Teresa by Emma Johnson (2003).
Mother Teresa by Eugene Palumbo (2000).
Mother Teresa by Haydn Middleton (2000).
Mother Teresa by Jennifer A. Miller (2009). (For children of Grades 3 to 6).
Mother Teresa by Jill C. Wheeler (2002).
Mother Teresa by Joan Graff Clucas (1988). (For children aged 10 to 12 years).
Mother Teresa by John Barraclough (1997).
Mother Teresa by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (1997).
Mother Teresa by Kathryn Spink (To be published in 2011).
Mother Teresa by Kristen Woronoff (2002).
Mother Teresa by Linda Carlson Johnson (1991).
Mother Teresa by Lola M Schaefer (2005). (For children aged 4 to 6 years).
Mother Teresa by Mary Craig (1983) (For children aged 7 to 9 years).
Mother Teresa by Margaret Holland (1992). (For children aged 7 to 9 years).
Mother Teresa by Masahide Kikai (EduManga: a Manga comic book for children).
Mother Teresa by Navin Chawla (1992).
Mother Teresa by Patricia Giff (1986).
Mother Teresa by Paul Williams (2001).
Mother Teresa by Phil McHugh (1993).
Mother Teresa by Richard Tames (1989).
Mother Teresa by Robin Nelson (2006).
Mother Teresa by Sam Wellman (1998).
Mother Teresa by Scott Wesley Brown and Phil McHugh (1987).
Mother Teresa by Susan Eddy (2003). (For children).
Mother Teresa by Tracey E. Dils (2001).
Mother Teresa by William Jay Jacobs (1998).
Mother Teresa (Great Figuers in History Series) (2008) (A comic book for children).
Mother Teresa (Livewire Real Lives Series) by Iris Howden (2000).
Mother Teresa (People Who Have Helped the World Series) by Charlotte Gray (1997).
Mother Teresa (World Leaders Past and Present Series) by Joan Graff Clucas (1992).
Mother Teresa Book/CD Pack: Level 1 (2008).
Mother Teresa: A Biography by Meg Greene (2004).
Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink (1997).
Mother Teresa: A Friend of the Friendless by Carol Greene (1984).
Mother Teresa: A Life in Pictures by Roger Royle (Illustrated by Gary Woods) (1992).
Mother Teresa: A Life of Caring by Robin Nelson.
Mother Teresa: A Life of Charity by Chelsea House Publishers (1991). (For children aged 7 to 9 years).
Mother Teresa: A Life of Dedication by Raghu Rai (2009).
Mother Teresa: A Life of Kindness by Ellen Weiss (2007).
Mother Teresa: A Life of Love by Elaine Murray Stone (Illustrated by Patrick Kelley).
Mother Teresa: A Woman in Love by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1993).
Mother Teresa: Apostle of Love (Puffin Lives Series) by Rukmini Chawla (2010). (For children).
Mother Teresa: Beyond the Image by Anne Sebba (1997).
Mother Teresa: Faith in the Darness (History Makers Illustrated Series) by Greg Watts (2010).
Mother Teresa: Friend of the Friendless by Carol Greene (1983).
Mother Teresa: Friend of the Poor by Kathleen Kudlinski (2006).
Mother Teresa: Helping the Poor by William J. Jacobs (1992).
Mother Teresa: Her Journey to Your Heart by T. T. Mundakel (2005).
Mother Teresa: Her Life, Her Works by Lusch Gjergji (1994).
Mother Teresa: Her Life, Her Work, Her Message (1910-1997) by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (1997).
Mother Teresa: Her Mission to Serve God by Caring for the Poor by Charlotte Gray. (For children aged 10 to 12 years).
Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work by Desmond Doig (1976).
Mother Teresa: Humanitarian & Advocate for the Poor (Essential Laws Series) by Christie R. Ritter (To be published in 2011).
Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady (Sharing Mother Teresa's Mystical Relationship with Mary) by Father Joseph Langford, M.C. (2007).
Mother Teresa: Love Stays by Christian Feldman (1998).
Mother Teresa: Messenger of God's Life by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J.
Mother Teresa: Missionary of Charity by Sam Wellman (1998).
Mother Teresa: Protector of the Sick by Linda Carlson Johnson (1991).
Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity? by G+zim Alpion (2006).
Mother Teresa: Saint of Calcutta by Elaine Murray Stone (1997).
Mother Teresa: Saint of the Poor by Richard Wood. (For children aged 7 to 9 years).
Mother Teresa: Saint of the Poor by Nina Morgan (1998).
Mother Teresa: Sister to the Poor by Patricia Giff (1987).
Mother Teresa: The Authorized Biography by Navin Chawla (1998).
Mother Teresa: The Glorious Years by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1998).
Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint (with an introduction by Rev. Rick Warren) by Richard Lacayo and David Van Biema (2010) (A TIME book).
Mother Teresa: The Pictorial Biography by Judith M. Pasternak (1997).
Mother Teresa: The Woman Who Served God with Her Hands by Ben Alex (1995).
Mother Teresa: To Live, To Love, To Witness: Her Spiritual Way by Lush Gjergji (1998).
Mother Teresa: The Woman Who Served the Poorest of the Poor by Ben Alex.
Mother Teresa: Walking With Her Saints by Father Hiroshi Katayangi, S.J. (2007).
Mother Teresa, Called to Love (A biographical study) by Maryanne Raphael (2000).
Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Berrett-Koehler (To be published in 2011).
Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.
Mother Teresa and India by B. Srinivasa Murthy (1982).
Mother Teresa: The Early Years by David Porter (1986).
Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint (with introduction by Rev. Rick Warren) by Richard Lacayo and David Van Biema (2010) (a TIME book).
Mother Teresa Is Dead by Helen Edmundson (2003).
Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Franciscan Communications Office of New York (1994).
Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Megadot (1992). (A comic book for children).
Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Sunita Kumar (1999).
Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Biography by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1985).
Mother Teresa Wisdom Deck: 50 Inspiration Cards by New World Library (2005).
Mother Teresa's Lessons of Love & Secrets of Sanctity by Susan Conroy (2003).
Mother Teresa's Little Instruction Book by Honor Books Staff (1998).
Mother Teresa's Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service by Paul A. Wright (2006).
Mother Teresa's Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life and How It Can Transform Your Own by Father Joseph Langford, M.C. (2008).
Mother Teresa's Someday: The Young Life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (The Contemporary Heroes Series) by Claire J. Mohan (Edited by Patricia C. Gallagher) (1990).
Mother To the Poor -- The Story of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta by Jung-wook Ko. (For children).
Photographs of Mother Teresa's Missions of Charity in Calcutta, India by Mary Ellen Mark (1985).
Prayertimes with Mother Teresa (A New Adventure in Prayer) by Eileen Egan (1989).
Praying In the Presence of Our Lord with Mother Teresa by Susan Conroy (2005).
Servant of Love: Mother Teresa & Her Missionaries of Charity by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1977).
Something Beautiful for God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Malcolm Muggeridge (1971).
Stories of Mother Teresa by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (1983).
Stories Told by Mother Teresa by Allan Drummond (2000).
Such a Vision of the Street: Mother Teresa -- The Spirit & The Work by Eileen Egan (1985).
Suffering Unto Joy: What Mother Teresa Teaches About True Joy (With Words of Mother Teresa), Prepared and edited by Eileen Egan and Kathleen Egan, O.S.B. (1994).
Teresa of Calcutta (A pictorial book on Mother Teresa) by Rebert Serrou (1980).
Teresa of Calcutta: A Pencil in God's Hand by Franca Zambonini (1993).
Teresa of the Poor: The Story of Her Life by Renzo Allegri (1996).
Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Memoir by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado (2006).
The Calling: Stories and Reflections from Working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta by Kate McCloskey (2008).
The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre (1992).
To Find Hope -- Mother Teresa by Sam Wellman (2007).
To Give the Love of Christ: A Portrait of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity by James McGovern (1978).
The Lives & Times of Mother Teresa by J. Barraclough (1997).
The Miracle of Love: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Her Missionaries of Charity & Her Co-Workers by Kathryn Spink (1982).
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (a criticism of mother Teresa's work) by Christopher Hitchens (1995).
The Stories Mother Teresa Told by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (2000).
The Wisdom of Mother Teresa by Kathryn Spink (2000).
The Young Life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Jane Robbins (1996).
To Find Hope: Mother Teresa -- Experiencing the Person, the Mission and the Legacy by Sam Wellman (2007).
Traditional Catholic Religious Orders: Living in Community by Edward A. Wynne (1988).
Wash the Feet of the World with Mother Teresa by Dr. Charles Ringma (2004).
We Do It for Jesus: Mother Teresa and Her Missionaries of Charity by Father Edward Le Joly, S.J. (1999).
Works of Love Are Works of Peace: A Photographic Record (A pictorial book on Mother Teresa) by Michael Collopy (1996).
Young Life of Mother Teresa by Claire Jordan Mohan (1996).
My poem, "Jooglokkhon" (Signs of the Time), was published in the "Chowp!" magazine in Dhaka, Bangladesh
My above poem in Bangla (Bengali) was published in the February 21, 1992 issue of the "Chowp!" (shut up) -- a mini poetry magazine-- edited by Christopher Purification and Amal Milton Rozario. This poem reflects the contemporary situation of the society and country.
I am providing below the English translation of the poem for our blog readers.
Signs of the Time
Today the signs of the time of our society and country are ominous,
The actions and doings of our intellectuals and political leaders are not good.
The weight of their words is heavier than their actions,
There persists only hullabaloo, recrimination and tongue-lashing.
Wherever we go, we see spoilt ones, bullies and hypocrites,
And flag-bearers of dozens of nationalisms.
There's no security to children, adolescents, youth and elderly,
There are pains of compromises, threats and terrorism.
This sort of signs of the time wrap us with despair;
But we also know that serenity comes after a storm, resurrection follows the death.
The October 16, 1977 editorial in the Pratibeshi weekly of Dhaka
The first Bangali (Bengali) Archbishop Theotonius Amal Ganguly, CSC, died of heart attack on September 2, 1977. Hundreds and thousands of people of all faiths paid a respect to him on the grounds of the Archbishop's House in Dhaka. Many people were expecting even before his burial that the canonization process start soon.
The national Catholic weekly Pratibeshi was the first official voice to echo the expectation of the people. In its editorial of October 16, 1977, the Pratibeshi proposed that the canonization process -- at least, in the form of gathering information on the Archbishop -- be started soon after the installation of the new archbishop.
Upon my return from U.S. studies, I had joined the Pratibeshi as the Executive Editor in early September, 1977. I was fortunate enough to write the editorial of October 16 (the original Bangla (Bengali) editorial is shown above). The English version of this editorial is provided below:
The Proposal for Beatifying the Archbishop
Archbishop Theotonius Amal Ganguly, CSC, a virtuous person, died only at the age of 57. He was faithful in living his life following Christian ideals. He left excellent examples of his saintliness and other virtues in every aspect of his life. People of all faiths and ethnic groups were attracted to his pleasant behaviour and action and they were very respectful of him.
During his earthly life, certain persons used to call him a "living saint." We believe that after his death, this country needs him to be a declared saint. There are probably many Bangladeshis who are enjoying the bliss of heaven as unproclaimed saints, but for the strengthening of our faith and for imitating his ideals, we have the need for a proclaimed saint. His affirmation as a saint will also prove that the Church in Bangladesh is also firmly placed.
The first step in the canonization process is the beatification. This work starts with studies of the candidate's life, writings and heroic application of his virtues as well as intensive investigation of at least two miracles that God accomplishes through his intercession. If proven true, the Pope publicly declares the candidate a "Blessed." After this, the Church canonizes the candidate after further satisfactory investigation.
The beatification of a person is quite hard and time-consuming affair. If the local Church starts the beatification process in earnest from the very beginning, the burden of the work becomes easier. To start this work, it is imperative that a committee of appropriate persons be formed. It will not function if the work is done being charged with emotions, but it needs to be completed with sufficient prayer, patience and judiciousness. The committee will need sincere prayers and financial contributions from the faithful. We believe that there won't be any dearth of cooperation from the faithful if the beatification of Archbishop Ganguly is initiated. We, therefore, appeal to the local Church authority to actively consider this matter after the installation of the new archbishop.
In reality, the Arcbishop Ganguly's canonization process started in 2006 after 29 years of this editorial. Although late, it is better than doing nothing!
Let us pray and make every effort in getting Archbishop Ganguly canonized for the greater good of the Bangladesh Catholic Church.
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre church in Gainesville, Florida, USA Photo courtesy: www.nydailynews.com
Reverend Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre church in Gainesville, Florida, wants to go ahead with his previously-announced "International Burn a Koran Day" on coming Saturday, September 11. He is also the author of the book Islam is of the Devil, informs the church's website www.doveworld.org.
This previously little-known Protestant church will commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Muslim terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York city by burning copies of the Qur'an, the holy book of the Muslims.
Rev. Jones says that Islam is a violent religion and people need to be aware of it. His church's website mentions five reasons to burn the Qur'an: 1) Shock the world into focus, 2) Get people to start asking hard questions, 3) Remind the world we still have freedom of speech, 4) Expose the truth, and 5) Force the world into action.
In the website, he also shirks the responsibility if any violence occurs because of his burning the Qur'an. He says: "Lets just make one thing clear. A small church, in a small town, down a back road, burning copies of its own books, on its own property, is not responsible for the violent actions anyone may take in retaliation to our protest....If violence happens in reaction to this, the violence was not caused by us, it has just been exposed."
U.S. State Department, important NATO officials, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, and many other religious leaders condemned the Qur'an burning programme, reports The Toronto Star. Although a small number of Americans supported this church's intended programme, majority of the Americans are against it.
Some Observations on the Qur'an Burning Programme
In its website, the Dove World Outreach Center calls itself "a New Testament Church -- based on the Bible, the Word of God." In reality, the behaviour of the pastor and his church members is not only unchristian but also immature and foolhardy. The pastor and his followers are throwing Christ's teaching on loving one's neighbour or enemy out the window.
What this attention-hungry pastor is doing is tantamount to inciting violence because he fully knows that his action will unleash violence in different parts of the Muslim world, especially against minority Christians.
He is stooping himself lower than those radical Muslims who use the Qur'an as their inspiration for violence.
Living in a safe cocoon in the U.S.A., Pastor Jones has no idea about how minority Christians live in majority Muslim countries. He has no sense of how his small act of hatred and vengeance may trigger violence against some innocent people there.
Burning the Qur'an will have no effect on radical Muslims. Radicalism can be curtailed, if the U.S. and other countries in the West keeps active vigilance on mosques and religious centres that are used to preach hatred and instigate injustice and violence against others.
If Rev. Jones carries out his programme, he has no right to claim himself to be a Christian pastor. This is the type of people who bring about shame on Christianity and pastorhood by giving vent to their own personal and self-serving motives.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a 2010 U.S. stamp Photo courtesy: U.S. Postal Service handout
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp this week in honour of the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The stamp was unveiled on September 5, the 13th death anniversary of Mother Teresa, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The CatholicVote.org had organized a petition campaign to have the stamp issued. Over 146,000 people signed the petition. Some opposing groups, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, opposed the initiative saying that the state and religion should be kept separate. Ultimately, the opposition failed.
Colorado Springs artist Thomas Blackshear II painted the portrait of Mother Teresa, reports Zenit news service.
Today is the 13th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death. On this occasion, I remember Mother Teresa by recalling my effort in familiarizing my Bangladeshi compatriots with Mother Teresa and her great work. My Interview of Mother Teresa as a Rookie Journalist
It was early January, 1972. Father Francis Gomes Sima was the acting editor of the then Dhaka archdiocesan weekly Pratibeshi. I was helping him out as a part-time worker. When I was in the second year Masters class of journalism, the University of Dhaka closed down due to the 9-month Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971 (we had to repeat the second year of study all through 1972). It was at that time and later that I was a part-timer for the Pratibeshi.
Father Sima informed me that Missionaries of Charity founder Mother Teresa was in Dhaka with a group of her Sisters to found a children's home in the Amputty area of old Dhaka. My journalism instinct told me that it would be good to interview Mother Teresa and let the people of Bangladesh know of her work. I then went to Amputty and met with Sister Margaret, M.C., the Superior of the Sisters there, to make an appointment for interview with Mother Teresa.
On the prefixed day and time I went to the children's home, called Shishu Bhavan, and one Sister took me to a room and asked me to wait. When Mother Teresa entered the room I greeted her. She then asked me to take a seat. My heart was pounding fast. I felt nervous. I was such a neophyte in front of such a great personality! As we progressed in our interview, Mother Teresa's humble demeanor, soft voice and non-threatening body language gradually helped me gain my full confidence.
Initially, I was asking her questions from my prepared list, later as I felt more reassured, I began to interact and ask questions beyond my list. Finally, when everything was over, I felt that I was successful in overcoming an insurmountable wall.
From this interview I prepared articles on Mother Teresa and her work. The English article got published in The Bangladesh Observer (February 9, 1972) and the Bangla (Bengali) one in the Pratibeshi (February 21, 1972). I also wrote another piece on her and it was published in the Voice of Fatima International fortnightly (March 14, 1972) in Brisbane, Australia.
More Write-ups on Mother Teresa
I was so much enthused with this accomplishment that, later, I wrote more pieces on Mother Teresa. These were published in the Pratibeshi (Dhaka: June 22, 1980 and February 1, 1981), Robbar weekly (Dhaka: February 1, 1981) and Asia Darpan monthly (Dhaka: November, 1988). My Translations
I also translated two pieces on Mother Teresa into Bangla (Bengali) and got them published in the Pratibeshi. The first one was a lengthy interview of Mother Teresa (titled "The Fruit of Love Is Service" -- Mother Teresa) published in the India Today magazine of May 31, 1983 and it translation published in the Pratibeshi of July 3, 1983. The second one was an open letter of Mother Teresa who personally handed the letter to Prime Minister Morarji Dessai in New Delhi on March 26, 1979. The open letter was on the "Religious Freedom Act 1978" and it's translation was published in the Pratibeshi of April 29, 1979. Mother had vocally supported the religious freedom of the Indians, especially the minorities. I present below some samples of my write-ups on Mother Teresa:
After interviewing Mother Teresa on her first arrival
in Bangladesh, I wrote this article for The Bangladesh Observer daily (Dhaka: February 9, 1972)
After the same interview, I wrote this 2-page article in Bangla for the Catholic weekly Pratibeshi (Dhaka: February 21, 1972)
Mother Teresa won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. After her arrival in Dhaka, the Christian community on January 25, 1981 gave her a rousing welcome at the Archbishop's House compound. I wrote this column on her in the Pratibeshi weekly (Feb. 1, 1981).
This is the first of the 3-page article on Mother Teresa published in the Robbar weekly (Dhaka: Feb. 1, 1981). (As my name "Jerome" is a French word, the editor published my full name in French pronunciation!)
This 2-page article was published in the Asia Darpan monthly (Dhaka: November, 1988)