Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (December 10 - 16, 2017)

A quotation of Steve Jobs on 'death,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (Christian symbols of death: Nov. 1, 2017) © Mary D'Costa

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (December 3 - 9, 2017)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'children and the elderly,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Ryan Andre D'Costa (3½ years old)

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pope Francis Visits Mother Teresa's Home, Meets Priests and Religious, Visits Historic Church and Cemetery, and Talks to Youths Before Departure from Dhaka

Pope Francis' Third and Final Day in Bangladesh

Pope Francis visits historic Portuguese-built 17th century-church and cemetery at Tejgaon, Dhaka (Dec. 2, 2017)
Photo courtesy: Reuters

Pope Francis today (December 2) made a private visit to the Mother Teresa's Home, run by her Missionaries of Charity Sisters at Tejgaon and met and spoke with the Sisters and the orphans, and old and sick people who receive their care. He then met a few hundred priests, Brothers, Sisters, consecrated men and women, seminarians and novices at the nearby Holy Rosary Church. He also visited the adjacent Portuguese-built historic old church and cemetery. Finally, he went to Notre Dame College in Motijheel area of Dhaka and talked with the youth belonging to different religions before leaving for the Dhaka International Airport from where he flew to Rome in a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane. It is noteworthy that he came to Bangladesh on November 30 morning from Myanmar on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane, too.  

For more on Pope's third and final day in Bangladesh, please click on the following: 

(Updated on Dec. 4, 2017)

(To go to Pope Francis's First Day in Bangladesh, click here)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Pope Francis Ordains Priests And Meets With Bishops, Inter-religious Leaders and Rohingya Refugees in Dhaka

Pope Francis's Second Day in Bangladesh

Pope Francis ordains a deacon to Catholic priesthood at the solemn Mass at Suhrawardy Uddyan, Dhaka (Dec. 1, 2017)
Photo courtesy: CTV photo via BTV

More than 80,000 Catholics from all over Bangladesh attend the papal Mass at Suhrawardy Uddyan, Dhaka (Dec. 1, 2017)
Photo courtesy: Reuters

Pope meets with Catholic Bishops of Bangladesh at the Archbishop's House, Ramna, Dhaka (Dec. 1, 2017)
Photo courtesy: Osservatore Romano

More than 80,000 Catholics from around Bangladesh, a number of government officials, members of foreign diplomatic corps, inter-religious leaders, and ecumenical Church leaders attended Pope Francis's solemn concelebrated Mass at Suhrawarthy Uddyan park in Dhaka today, reports various news sources. 

In his homily, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to all and said: "I know that many of you came from afar, for a trip for more than two days. Thank you for your generosity. This indicates the love you have for the Church," reports the Daily Star. 

He also encouraged and inspired 16 deacons by saying: "you are to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood.  For your part, you will exercise the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the Teacher.  Impart to everyone the word of God which you have received with joy.  Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach."

Meeting Bangladesh's Catholic bishops at the Archbishop's House at Ramna, he appreciated the pastoral plan of the bishops and encouraged them to continue their work earnestly. He laid emphasis on the importance of the laity in the Church, saying: "At the same time, I would ask you to show ever greater pastoral closeness to the lay faithful.  There is a need to promote their effective participation in the life of your particular Churches, not least through the canonical structures that provide for their voices to be heard and their experiences acknowledged.  Recognize and value the charisms of lay men and women, and encourage them to put their gifts at the service of the Church and of society as a whole.  I think here of the many dedicated catechists in this country, whose apostolate is essential for the growth of the faith and for the Christian formation of the next generation.  They are true missionaries and leaders of prayer, especially in the more remote areas.  Be concerned for their spiritual needs and for their continuing education in the faith."

In the inter-religious peace gathering at the same compound, Pope Francis welcomed all and encouraged them to work for solidarity, harmony, and peace. He also said: "Openness of heart is likewise a path that leads to the pursuit of goodness, justice and solidarity.... A spirit of openness, acceptance and cooperation between believers does not simply contribute to a culture of harmony and peace; it is its beating heart."

Meeting with some Myanmar Rohingya refugees in the gathering, he said: "The presence of God today is also called Rohingya... In the name of all of those who have persecuted you, hurt you, I ask forgiveness. I appeal to your large hearts to give us the forgiveness that we are asking."

Pope Francis rides on a cycle rickshaw at the Archbishop's House at Ramna, Dhaka (Dec. 1, 2017)
Photo courtesy: AP

Pope Francis also rode on a cycle rickshaw in the Archbishop's House compound in Dhaka. He is the second Pope to do so. The first pope to ride on a rickshaw was Pope John Paul II in his 1986 visit to Bangladesh. The Guinness Book of World Records should consider to mention Pope John Paul II's name as the first rickshaw-riding pope in the world in more than 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church. 

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(Updated on Dec. 4, 2017)

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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)
Photo courtesy: Reuters

(L-R) Bangladesh and Vatican flags furl on a roadside in Dhaka (Nov. 30, 2017)   
Photo courtesy: AFP

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

(Updated on Dec. 2 and 4, 2017)

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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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Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Quotation of the Week (October 29 - November 4, 2017)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'respect and care for nature,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Quotation of the Week (October 22 - 28, 2017)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'bishops as pastors,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Image Design by Adrian D'Costa (Oct. 20, 2017)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Canadian Music Icon Gord Downie Is No More

Gord Downie speaks at the Assembly of the First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs' Assembly at Gatineau, Quebec, on December 6, 2016. He was honoured there for his support of the indigenous peoples of Canada. 
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Gord Downie, a highly esteemed Canadian musician, lyricist and activist for indigenous peoples, died in Kingston, Ontario, on October 17 suffering from an incurable brain cancer, known as 'glioblastoma.'  He was 53. 

He was the frontman for the rock band Tragically Hip that enjoyed Canada's love and popularity. 

Also known as Gordon Edgar Downie or Gordon Downie, he was born at Amhertview near Kingston, Ontario, on February 6, 1964. 

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