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Microscopic Nativity Scene From Lithuania For Pope Francis, For Christmas 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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luckily you do NOT need a microscope.


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When I first saw this, on Google News, I thought it was an hoax. But, it was from the AP and it was December 23 and NOT April 1. But, I being who I am, checked around. This is legit.

It being Christmas there is a tradition of giving creative nativity scenes to the pope at Christmas. But, this has to take the cake. Very clever. Now, how are other countries going to top this in coming years. Yes, somebody could create something spectacular in space.

Yes, it also reminded me of the “Emperor’s New Clothes“. But, people can check it out.

Cute. I like it. Wish I could see it for real. Funny, can’t find it, as yet, on YouTube.


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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card & 2016 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus, Oswald Gomis’ 2017 Christmas Greetings.

by Anura Guruge



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arch_oswaldAs with posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Christmas Card,” posting Archbishop Oswald Gomis‘ Christmas card is an annual, honored and cherished privilege. 

He has been a good and valued friend for many years.

He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.

Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters. He is now 85-years old.

Enjoy. 

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


Over the last few years he has been using the ‘+’ in front of his name.

That is not a plus sign. It is meant to be a CROSS. It is meant to connote a title assumed by clergy in the medieval times — that of a SINNER. So, the ‘+’ indicates that the Archbishop is signing himself, out of HUMILITY, as a ‘sinner’.


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THE Outlaw Is Dead, Long Live The LAW. Boston Strong.

by Anura Guruge



I never tolerated the paedophiles masquerading as Catholic clergy.

He, in terms of the lengths he went to, to protect known paedophiles, should have been in prison, NOT living it up, in the lap of luxury in Rome.

He was a BLOODY disgrace to the Catholic Church. That the Vatican protected and pampered him says much about what the Vatican truly feels about SEX CRIMES against children.

I, fortunately, am NOT alone in my total disgust and disdain for this smug, obese reprobate.


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2017 Christmas On A Monday — First Time In 11-Years; Last In 2006.

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Leap Years marked in grey.



Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Monday was in 2006 — 11-years ago.

That is unusual, but not extraordinary. We get a 11-year gap, every 4th time around. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 1 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the last image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Monday. So, it was 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006 …. and then 2017.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

After 1995 it was but 5-years because we had TWO leap years, i.e., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

Now look at what happened in 2012, which was a leap year. That should have been the Monday, but we skipped over that. Hence, the 11-year gap. Neato. This 6-5-6-11 cycle is inescapable and applies to all calendar events, birthdays, holidays, whatever.

Some of you may claim “but, didn’t we have Christmas on a Monday last year (2016), in 2011 and in 2005?” NO, you didn’t! Christmas, on those years, fell on Sunday. So, Monday was made a holiday. Big difference. OK?


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How Often Chanukah (Hanukkah) Has Fallen On A Particular Day, Nov. 27 — Dec. 26, Since 1900.

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Yes, Chanukah/Hanukkah falls on certain days — within the 30-day range it can fall on — more often than not, though over, the last 118 years, the distribution has been fairly even, as one would hope (and expect).

December 7, for whatever reason, has been more favored than any other.

December 12, as in 2017, has had 5, which is a fairly common.

The first day of the range, November 27, as can often be the case, has only had 2 ‘showings’.

Enjoy.


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