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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.


Click image to access the full AP (i.e., Associated Press) story.


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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Pope Francis In Myanmar Comes Across As A Partisan, Gutless Wimp!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From the “Washington Post” coverage.



Access to the transcript of the entire SHORT speech from the Vatican. Click image to access.


The KEY passage from the speech above. He even skirts mentioning RELIGION. How poor.


There are times to be diplomatic and then there are times when one has to stand up against egregious crimes against humanity. In that Pope Francis failed miserably and demonstrated why he will always be an ineffective, pedestrian pope — and never reach the GREATNESS shown by the likes of John XXIII, Pius X, John Paul II or even Benedict XV (15, not 16).

The pope has — and had — absolutely nothing to lose. He only answers to God, and one hopes God would not have minded him talking out against genocide — BUT then again you would think God should be able to do something about it directly. C’est la vie.

Less than 1% of Myanmar’s population, if that, is Catholic — though they have a newly minted cardinal and about 22 bishops.

The pope could have been more forceful and emphatic. What they are doing to the Rohingya is dead wrong. The pope lost some of his credibility and moral authority by delivering this flaccid speech — and he didn’t have much of either to begin with.

Ahh! To have again have a good pope. Maybe the next one after this rather pale imitation of a pope.


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Pope John Paul I, “The Smiling Pope” Of But 33-Days, Was Born This Day, 96-Years Ago; October 17, 1921.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_I


My 2008 book, “Popes and the Tale Of Their Names” started off, on Page 1, with John Paul 1. Click on image below for details on this well-received book.




One of my favorite popes, next to Pope John XXIII (in honor of whom he picked the first part of his double-barreled name), despite his ever so fleeting papacy — my admiration based on what I learnt of him prior to becoming pope.

He was indeed a good man. IF he had lived longer he would have been one of the GREAT popes. Possibly revolutionized the office — hence the lingering suspicions that he was indeed murdered at the Vatican. I actually do believe that something untoward did happen and it wasn’t just a case of a poorly treated dicky heart.


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Today’s Friday the 13th, October 13, 2017, Is THE REAL DEAL! Beaware.

by Anura Guruge


Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

That is what the superstition is all about, Friday the 13th in the month of October. That is when a very bad thing happened, in France, in 1307. The dissolution of the Knight’s Templar.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar



On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We already had one this year in January.

We will have another one in April & July of 2018.

Those that do not happen in October do NOT count.

Friday the 13th really ALL has to do with the
Dissolution of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.

So Friday the 13th on other months is meaningless. Sorry.

But, today is the real McCoy.


The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.


Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

This is ONLY my 9th Friday the 13th in October.

Here, I made you a CHART.


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Vatican II, That Redefined What It Meant To Be ‘Catholic’, Started This Day, 55-Years Ago — October 11, 1962.

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From my 2014 “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia”. See image below to access details of the book. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Click to ENLARGE and admire here. This went with my Pope John XXIII book.


Click to ENLARGE and study. My ‘magic’ Excel spreadsheet on the Ecumenical Councils. First time I have shared this.


Vatican II, as most Catholics know, was a BIG deal. It still divides many Catholics and the history of the Catholic Church is now clearly demarcated by ‘pre-Vatican II‘ and ‘post-Vatican II‘. For many it will be best known as the Ecumenical Council that gave us the Vernacular Mass (i.e., the non-Latin Mass).

To I, it will always be indelibly associated with my alltime favorite Pope, John XXIII. This was his crowning achievement in a life full of many.

55-years ago. Wow. Wasn’t that long ago.


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Pope Francis’ Denouncement Of Online Porn So Sad In That The Vatican Is A HUGE Consumer!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Click to access original. Google for more … much MORE.


Yes, the Pope is genuine in his concern, BUT he has to clean up his own ‘residence’ — viz. The Vatican.

Yes, the Vatican, has been a den of iniquity going back many, many centuries. That there is a huge amount of online porn access from the Vatican is an open secret.

The Pope should go after his own STAFF accessing online porn before he starts to pontificate to the world. Yes, it is a big problem, BUT, he is Pope.


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