Archive | January 13, 2015

Vatican, During Pope Francis’ Visit To Sri Lanka, Misstates Percentage Of Catholics In The Country.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts (click to access):
Francis airport -> Colombo
† Arrival ceremony                   Pope on the way to Sri Lanka

Pope’s schedule Sri Lanka        Visit proceeds despite election upset  
† Topless protests                                        † Pope asked to reconsider
† Programme for pope’s visit                    † Sri Lanka will be different
† Pope’s visit not a good idea                       † President visits pope 

† Francis must apologize …                         † Canonization of Vaz … 


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This was from today’s Vatican Information Service (VIS) bulletin.

It is patently and absurdly UNTRUE — and, worse still, the Vatican knows it and did it just to make their ‘case’ sound better.

First thing add up all the percentages. 70% + 12.6% + 9.7% + 7.16%. That comes to 99.46%.

That only leaves 0.54% unaccounted for. The population per the 2012 census was 20,277,597. I will use that though Sri Lankan’s thanks to millions like me are a very fecund bunch. 0.54% of that 20.2 million comes to 109,499 people. Foul. Too short. We have MORE Protestants than that. Actually we have over 250,000 Protestants of all stripes — I most familiar with Baptist because my surrogate father, for one, and at least one aunty by marriage, were Baptist and my adoptive mother taught at the Colombo Baptist School for Girls.

The Vatican, and in reality it means the devious Federico (Looney Tunes) Lombardi, misstates the truth.

1.3% of the current Sri Lankan population is Protestant.

The Pope, let alone Looney Tunes Lombardi, can’t change that (easily).

Catholics account for 6.1% of the population.

The 7.16% (or in reality, closer to 7.45% number) is for ALL Christians.

And as the Pope must know by now (if not Loony Tunes) all Christians, whether he stands on his head or not, are NOT Catholics — and Thank God for that.


Pictures & Video Of Pope Francis Traveling From Airport To Colombo. Cancels Visit With Sri Lankan Bishops.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts (click to access):
† Arrival ceremony                     Pope on the way to Sri Lanka

Pope’s schedule Sri Lanka        Visit proceeds despite election upset  
† Topless protests                                        † Pope asked to reconsider
† Programme for pope’s visit                    † Sri Lanka will be different
† Pope’s visit not a good idea                       † President visits pope 

† Francis must apologize …                         † Canonization of Vaz … 


These two pictures and video from my friend Kenny, a good Sri Lankan Catholic, who works in Ottawa (Canada) but goes back to Sri Lanka each year for Christmas, and this year stayed on for the pope’s visit. Thanks Kenny.

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Click to access fleeting 5 second YouTube video … shot by Kenny on his iPhone.


The Vatican Information Service (VIS) statement about the pope cancelling meeting with the 20 Sri Lankan bishops.

IF the pope stood all the way during this trip, I can fully understand that he, not a young man, would have been exhausted. I know that route well. The last time I travelled it I was in the back of a hearse with a coffin. We had an official police escort with motorcycle outriders and all the traffic lights were switched ahead to avoid us having to stop. We were going to Nugegoda rather than central Colombo per se. Though we sped I think it took about an hour. The pope’s trip, though shorter, must have taken longer with all the crowds.

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Scrumptious & Captivating. What A Movie?

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I had seen a trailer for it sometime during the Summer or Fall of 2014, possibly when we went to see ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ or “The Boxtrolls”. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be my kind of movie. I wanted to see it. Well I got the chance this weekend thanks to the free HBO preview on DirecTV. They were airing it on Thursday, right at the start of the preview window and I made sure that I got it on DVR.

It surpassed expectations. It was in the mould of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Lots of exquisite British humor. Tony Revolori, as ‘Zero’, though Californian born of Guatemalan extraction, does a very passable imitation of a subservient Indian. I had to go look him up. Loved his performance.

The movie was sumptuously shot and produced. The whole visual experience was a delight to the eye.

Wonderful experience. Entertaining and relaxing. Exactly what a movie should be. Funny as heck. No wonder it has grossed hundreds of millions. This movie will go far. I will watch it again — and I do not do that often.

If you haven’t seen it, make sure to see it. You will thank me for that recommendation. Enjoy.


Video Of Pope Francis’ Arrival In Sri Lanka And Welcome Ceremony With New President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Related posts (click to access):
Pope on the way to Sri Lanka

Pope’s schedule Sri Lanka        Visit proceeds despite election upset  
† Topless protests                                        † Pope asked to reconsider
† Programme for pope’s visit                    † Sri Lanka will be different
† Pope’s visit not a good idea                       † President visits pope 

† Francis must apologize …                         † Canonization of Vaz … 


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Click to access 1 hour long YouTube video provided by the Vatican.


Things that struck me:

‡ They had a garishly decorated young elephant there to greet the pope. Didn’t see the pope being introduced to the elephant. It has to be a first at least for this pope. Having an elephant to greet him on arrival at a country.

‡ President Maithripala Sirisena greeted him when he bounded down the plane with only the Vatican (I think) interpreter there. So did the President talk to him in English?

‡ The pope appears to have quite a nasty cough. That could just be from the air in the plane. But, and I am not entirely an expert, but he could have a touch of walking pneumonia.

‡ Did not see any signs of the ex-president Rajapaksa or his very Catholic wife. Might have been magnanimous to ask him to attend BUT he might have tried to steal the show.

‡ Slightly too much worshiping of the pope per the Buddhist tradition. Not sure whether that is right or appropriate.

‡ Isn’t it incongruous to have a gun salute and an inspection of the troops when it is the pope visiting and it is supposed to be a mission for peace?

‡ President Maithripala Sirisena’s English was painful and I am NOT sure whether he should have spoken in English. The pope does not understand English. So he might as well have spoken in Sinhalese — the only language he claims that he speaks. His pronunciation of ‘His Holiness’ sounded more like ‘His Wholeness’. I am sure there were many that were wincing. It was strange for me to see a Sri Lankan leader having trouble talking in English.

‡ Maithripala Sirisena referred to Christianity coming from the Pope’s country! Not good. In the next sentence he used ‘Holy See’ when ‘the Vatican’ might have been better.

‡ The pope’s English probably was a tad better than that of the president.

‡ What happened to the pope’s zucchetto? He had one on when he landed but seem to have lost it soon afterwards.

‡ Shame about the wind whipping his stole over his head giving him a very middle eastern look. This pope has been plagued by this problem. Maybe they should pin down that stole.

‡ Malcolm “Tanned Ratzinger” Ranjith was, of course, there BUT did not play as prominent a role as I had expected. As I had speculated the new administration is going to keep him in his place given his close association with the ex-president.

‡ Not sure who he was (not that I know any of them) but it was good that there was a Buddhist monk, wearing the traditional shoulder exposed robe, to greet the pope. Interestingly he met with the Buddhist monk before he did the Catholic bishops. Cute touch.

So far, so good. Kind of nostalgic for me. I know that airport very, very well — going back to c. 1959 when it was still a military airport. There was no terminal. Just a rather small, one-story bungalow. 


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