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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD

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The Christian world has a new Pope, Argentine Jorge Bergoglio, who will assume as Pope Francis I.  He is the 266th in the line of succession, the first American (from South America) and the first one elected from outside Europe.  The selection was announced through a white smoke from Sistine Chapel early 2am, Thursday, Eastern Meridian Time, March 14, 2103.

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 The first pronouncement of the new Pope, Pope Francis I is centered on brotherhood.  It was precisely the principle from which St. Francis lived his life.  His “Urbi et Orbi” was a short acknowledgement.  Before he gestured for blessing, he asked that he be prayed for first.  He is well aware that the Papacy is a big burden to handle at a time when spiritual formation has been taken over by technology.  His predecessor is already on tweeter.

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 Saudi has dropped beheading as medium for executing its offenders sentenced to death penalty.  Accordingly, executioners are too busy and could not come on time.  So there was a shift:  (Death Penalty Abolition advocates don’t rejoice yet.)  these time its firing squad already.  Oh, well.

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 The first official picture of the new Pope is like a congregation in a Hospice for the Elderly where senior citizens in red robes were in a celebratory mood.  Who says that the old and ageing had no more uses?  In a global monolith like the Church where homosexuality is one of the scandalous issues it has to overcome, there are minor issues that, in effect, provide a countervailing force.  In the Philippines, there are more priests who sired children outside of their monastic vow than perceptions of being gay.  Although a times, it is interchangeable.

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Some enterprising wine manufacturers wanted to capitalize the papal name for their commercial venture.  They wanted a product that will threaten Carlos Primero by offering Francesco Primero!

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The ascension on the papal throne of Cardinal Bergoglio made a lot of first in the annals of papacy.  The first Jesuit priest, the first from Americas, the first non European (since the 8th century), the first to assume the name of Francis.

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AT A GLANCE:  Vatican corrected the name the Pope assumed.  It is not Pope Francis I but just Pope Francis.  Greetings to Karlo Ernesto Tesoro for designing Lady Gaga’s outfit during a European show.  Prayers for the health of Msgr. Ernesto A. Espiridion who is on the road to recovery from a bout of a fatal ailment. 

 

(Lifted from my column—Warden’s Corner—in Daily Sun.)

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ON ELECTING A POPE

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The Lord Jesus wondered in the dessert and in one occasion was tempted by the devil.  The Lord was promised a grand office from where He can dictate on all mortals, a position desired by anyone who wanted to rule the world.  The Lord quickly dismissed the temptation.  That scenario is reflected on the Bible (Mathew 4:1-11, NIV).  And now the world is closely watching how the Pope (representing St. Peter, the closest disciple of the Lord)  is to be elected to occupy a grand office, a post that can dictate on all mortals, a position desired by a select few to govern the biggest establishment in the planet and literally rule the world.  What an irony.

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 For those who wanted to personally witness how the conclave works or how the Pope is elected, watch the movie “Angels and Demons” by novelist Dan Brown.  You will become familiar with how the formal ritual is conducted.  The story was written in the Masonic tradition of objectivity.

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 The Papacy has been referred to as the “Shoes of the Fisherman.”  There was also a movie with the same title starring Anthony Quinn.  It was a story of the Pope, a good film, a classic one.  It restored the Papacy on the pedestal of decent thinking and made the spiritual office a source of philosophical strength.

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In Rome, the seat of Vatican, when you say papabile, it means a spiritual leader qualified to become a Pope.  In the Philippines, the term papabile when used in the vernacular, is different.  It is oftentimes used as a question like:  Ano ba ang gusto mong papabile sa akin?

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 Cardinal Luis Tagle, the Philippine archbishop representing the country in the 115 member College of Cardinals who stand to be elected and who is likewise one of the voters, is emerging to be the most talked about cardinal in the Roman Church circle.  At the Sistine Chapel where the selection is conducted, a sign is expected from outside.  As of late, only black smoke comes out from the chimney signifying that there has been no selection made as yet.

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 Finally, the white smoke.  We have a new Pope, Argentine Jorge Bergoglio, the first from the Americas and the first from outside Europe and he took the name Francis.  Bishop Bergoglio is our Pope Francis I.  For a while, before the announcement, when white smoke was emanating from the top of the chapel, a group of Filipinos were ecstatic.  They thought that it was a blessing for them already!  The smoke smell of adobong manok kasi.

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 AT A GLANCE:  Happy birthday to Angela Sarah Ponce-Valdellon of Paete, Laguna and to Dapecol Accounting Chief, James Davide.  Favorite quote from Facebook:  “True Leaders do not create followers; they create more leaders.”  Congrats to PGs Roel Somogod and Rica Montero for graduating in a masteral scholarship course at the University of Makati.

 

(Lifted from my daily column—Warden’s Corner—in Daily Sun.)

   

SICK MAN OF ASIA NO MORE

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The business sector, the vertebrae of a country’s economy, is upbeat with the recent developments in industry.  It has been said that the Philippines is no longer the sick man of Asia but a rising tiger.  But the social divide is still glaring.  40% of the richest family control 75% of the country’s industry and economy.  If the rich sneezes, majority of the people catch a cold!

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News dispatch reveals that over 20,000 Filipinos signed up for space trip( the 5th largest delegation among several countries in the world).  Hindi lang abroad gusto makarating ang Pinoy, miski na rin sa ibang planeta!

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As enunciated by the Apostolic Letter of the Pope (Benedict XVI), October 11, 2012 up to November 24 of this year is called the Year of Faith.  In this country, there are two major religions and a number of sub-religions.  In prison, there are more major religions than sub religions.  There are also a lot of crimes made in the name of religion!

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Gold, that precious yellow metal, lost 7 percent of its value in the last six months, according to the Head of Precious Metals based in Dubai.  Siguro naman hihinto na sa wakas ang mga naghuhukay ng gintong ipin sa sementeryo!

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One upon a time, man was prey to a number of beasts on land, air and water.  Now, man has reversed it and in the process of wiping the former predators to extinction.  One day, man will be alone in the planet and he will eventually become a vegetarian he used to be.  This is the central issue of the forthcoming convention on endangered species in Thailand on March 14.  So start eating veggies and bless the beasts instead.

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Notes:  Happy, happy birthday to my saintly wife, Libay Tesoro.  She never left the religious congregation at all despite a break in the past by marrying a man of the world.  Happy birthday too to Dr. Ernesto Tamayo, chief of Prison Hospital; and, Jhune Gonzales, chief of Prison IT Center.  Congrats too to VJ Tesoro for hurdling the screening process and become a scholar of Tadeco Agricultural Pilot Training Program.

 

(Lifted from my column in Daily Sun)

 

 

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