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New Zealand, To Its Eternal Credit, Exemplifies The Decency & Dignity I Ascribe To Cricket Playing Nations.

by Anura Guruge

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Cricket civilizes you. Plain and simple. Sportsmanship is paramount in cricket. Hence, the above expression: “It isn’t cricket”.

So, I, who watch cricket, on a large screen TV, nearly every day, and have been a fanatic all my life, strongly believe that cricket playing nations tend to be more decnet than those that don’t play cricket.

By ‘cricket playing nations’ I am referring to the 12 countries permitted to play 5-Day International Test Matches. Yes, cricket at the highest level, is played between countries and a match can last up to 5-days — and still end in a draw. That is the beauty & charm. That is what civilizes you. No crash, bangk, wallop. Very dignified.

Right now there are 11 countries that are Test nations: India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The ‘West Indies‘ also play Test cricket but they are a conglomeration of small states that come together to play cricket. 105-countries, worldwide, play cricket. But, I am talking just about the 11 Test playing countries — New Zealand one of them.

I am so proud of New Zealand. Way to go. Obviously, it would have been better if this unfortunate incident never happened, but NZ showed us how to rise above and prevail.

And their 38-year old Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. WOW. WOW. WOW. What class. What courage. She is exemplary.

I have thought about immigrating to New Zealand! I, however, have never been. Not even close. I also don’t have any NZ friends. Dealt with a fe, but I can’t say I interact with any Kiwanis right now. My loss.

One of my all time heroes, Edmund Hillary, is a New Zealander.

I know NZ from all the cricket I watch — and some rugby. I count Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Bev Congdon, Ross Taylor et. al. among my favorites. Bev Congdon made my Summer of 1973!

So, I have always had an affinity with dear Ol’ New Zealand — a British Commonwealth member no less.

How they have behaved and prevailed over the last few days has been brilliant. So, inspirational.

Thank YOU, New Zealand.

Thank YOU, Jacinda Ardern.

by Anura Guruge

UN Security Council Resolution On Trump’s Jerusalem — How The Countries Voted.

by Anura Guruge

This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.

128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.

Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!

Canada, Australia and Mexico, to THEIR SHAME, kowtowed to Trump.

So, now you know.

128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Guy Fawkes Night’, November 5, Is Next Week; Used To Be Celebrated As ‘Pope Day’ In The U.S., Especially Boston.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click for original from ‘Time Out’.


Click to access original from ‘World Festivals’.


Guy (Guido) Fawkes was a Catholic and his plot was to bring back Catholicity to England. Wikipedia entry is good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night

Another British holiday I miss. Maybe I should talk with my new friend, British Gordon Preston about doing a ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ bonfire at his farm.

November 5th was celebrated in the U.S., pre-Independence, as ‘Pope Day’. But it was done, given that Guy was Catholic, as a vehemently anti-Catholic event — especially in then increasingly Catholic Boston. Well that won’t fly — that easily — anymore, especially not in Boston, the capital of Ireland.

Just a heads up. Check my two links at the top. I have written about this at length.

Pope Francis Choosing Ireland Does NOT Mean He Will Personally Be There In 2018.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to read original in “Irish Central”.

That Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland in 2018 is based on him selecting Dublin as the host city for the next triennial (every 3 years), “World Meetings of Families” in 2018. The reason Francis visited the U.S. last month was to attend the 8th meeting — which was in Philadelphia. Whenever possible the pope tries to attend these ‘World Meetings’. Hence the belief that Francis will visit Ireland in 2018.

But that might NOT be the case.

Pope Francis will turn 80 on December 17, 2016. Francis, as some of you will remember (and here are two separate links: link1 & link2), has intimated that his pontificate will be short and that he too could follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and retire.

There is no retirement age for popes and popes are not normally expected to retire. But Benedict kind of set a new norm.

Cardinals lose their right to participate in conclaves when they turn 80. That is a BIG deal when it comes to a cardinal. So age 80 has significance in today’s Catholic Church. So there are those that believe that Francis will retire upon turning 80. IF he did there will be a new pope in 2018.

And here is the funny thing. Benedict was the one who chose Philadelphia for 2015. So there was the expectation that HE will visit the U.S. in 2015. He did not.

He actually resigned, when he did, so that a new pope would be in place to make the U.S. trip.

So re. Ireland we could have a repetition of this. A POPE will visit Ireland in 2018 but it might not be Francis.

Ahead Of Pope Francis’ US Visit, Vincenzo Paglia, Vatican Archbishop In Charge Of Event Investigated For Fraud & Embezzlement!

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Click to access coverage from Philadelphia itself, from “philly.com”.


Click to access U.K. “Telegraph” coverage.

The overriding impetus for Pope Francis’ September 22 — 27, 2015 visit to the U.S. is to participate in the 8th, triennial, “World Meetings of Families” being held in Philadelphia.

Archbishop ad personam, Bishop emeritus of Terni–Narni–Amelia (Italy), Vincenzo Paglia (70), as of June 2012 has been the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It is this Pontifical Council that is responsible, at the Vatican end, of organizing the World Meetings of Families — which by definition (as stated in its name) is a Global initiative. So for Paglia to be accused of and be officially investigated by Italian prosecutors for fraud and embezzlement is NOT good. Not sure whether he did it for his then diocese, the Church, personal gain or a combination of all.

It should not impact the event or the Pope’s visit. Just more embarrassment for the pope and Vatican. He definitely would have been in the pope’s retinue for the visit — possibly coming well ahead of the pope to make sure that all the details have been taken care of.


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