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Lady predicted many of the Church’s woes in
on Thursday, 26 July 2012
In apparitions to an abbess, Our Lady of
Quito predicted the current malaise of the
Church and of society with uncanny accuracy,
but she also promises restoration.
But first, there would be a total corruption
of morals in society; this would affect the
Posted on July 27,
2012, Quito: I was leafing
through the current issue of The Flock, the
newsletter of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice when
I came across an article by the redoubtable
Mrs Daphne McLeod about Our Lady of
Quito—otherwise known as Our Lady of Good
Success—who appeared several times to Mother
Mariana, Abbess of the convent of the
Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador, at
the end of the sixteenth and the beginning
of the seventeenth centuries.
On one of these occasions, she made a
particularly remarkable prophecy. You will
see why—knowing Mrs McLeod’s passionate
concern for the religious education of our
children, and her repeated warnings over the
years about the consequences of the
denatured and insubstantial superficiality
of what they are now fed as RE—she draws our
attention in The Flock to this particular
apparition of Our Lady.
My source for what follows is an admirable
and extremely useful site, snappily entitled
“Apparitions and Shrines of the Blessed
Virgin Mary which have been approved by
legitimate Church Authority”.
Early in the morning of January 21, 1610,
the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and
St. Raphael appeared to Mother Mariana. Then
Our Lady appeared to her and predicted many
things about our own times: this is part of
what Mother Mariana afterwards related that
she told her:
“…. I make it known to you that from the end
of the 19th century and shortly after the
middle of the 20th century…. the passions
will erupt and there will be a total
corruption of customs (morals)….
“They will focus principally on the children
in order to sustain this general corruption.
Woe to the children of these times! It will
be difficult to receive the Sacrament of
Baptism, and also that of Confirmation…
“As for the Sacrament of Matrimony… it will
be attacked and deeply profaned… The
Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the
precious light of the Faith will gradually
be extinguished… Added to this will be the
effects of secular education, which will be
one reason for the dearth of priestly and
“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be
ridiculed, oppressed, and despised… The
Devil will try to persecute the ministers of
the Lord in every possible way; he will
labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to
deviate them from the spirit of their
vocation and will corrupt many of them.
These depraved priests, who will scandalize
the Christian people, will make the hatred
of bad Catholics and the enemies of the
Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall
upon all priests…
“Further, in these unhappy times, there will
be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the
rest into sin and conquer innumerable
frivolous souls, who will be lost. Innocence
will almost no longer be found in children,
nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment
of need of the Church, the one who should
speak will fall silent.”
In a subsequent apparition, Our Lady told
Mother Mariana that these apparitions were
not to become generally known until the
Launch – “Go Beyond The Classroom”
Nairobi - GOAN WELFARE SOCIETY
GWS is very proud to announce that our very
own member Mrs
Maura Abranches has published
a book on education
"Go Beyond The Classroom".
Congratulations Maura for sharing your story
with us, well done!
"Go Beyond The Classroom" is now available
There will be a book signing event at our
World Goa Day celebrations on Sunday the
19th of August at the Goan Gymkhana.
Books can be purchased through M-pesa 0727
018 205 at ksh. 1000/-, details of delivery
will be given to you after payment.
For those who cannot find the books in
stores please contact Lily-Anne on 0724
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Mehta, Mira Nair bring Indian voices to
Toronto film fest
By Nicole Sperling
Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair first met in a
swimming pool in Amritsar, India, when they
were children, not knowing at the time that
they would become two of India's most
influential filmmakers. Now the two women,
who are eight years apart, will be coming to
the Toronto International Film Festival in
September to screen their films.
The festival announced this morning that it
will host the world premiere of Mehta's
"Midnight's Children," while Nair's "The
Reluctant Fundamentalist" will make its
North American debut at the event.
"Midnight's Children" centers on the journey
of two newborns switched at birth at a
Bombay hospital on the dawn of India's
independence from Britain. "The Reluctant
Fundamentalist" is an international
political thriller that follows a young
Pakistani man chasing corporate success on
Wall Street who finds himself embroiled in a
conflict of his American dream, a hostage
crisis and the call of his homeland.
The films are very different, yet they share
a lot in common. Both are based on literary
works: "Midnight's Children" was originally
a novel by Salman Rushdie (who also wrote
the screenplay), while "Fundamentalist" is
based on the bestselling novel by Pakistani
writer Mohsin Hamid.
The two women shot the films about the same
time, and both were forced to use India as a
double for Pakistan after the country denied
them visas to shoot there.
"Midnight's Children" is scheduled to be
released in the U.S. in October, while "The
Reluctant Fundamentalist," which will first
open at the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 29
and stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer
Sutherland and Liev Schreiber, does not yet
have a U.S. release date.
"David" Takes On Billion-Dollar U.S.
"Goliath" For Share of U.S.'s Growing Online
Findmypast.com launches into U.S.
seeks to become go-to site for Americans
of British and Irish ancestries
World's second largest genealogy
company takes on its biggest rival,
with help of 1,000 unique record
collections and 75% annual growth
SAN FRANCISCO, July
26, 2012 /CNW/ -
Findmypast.com, a British-owned family
history website, is launching this week into
the growing U.S. genealogy market.
Findmypast is the flagship brand of
brightsolid online publishing, a UK and
world leader in online genealogy, with 18
million registered users across its family
of sites, over a billion genealogical
records dating back to 1200, and a growth
rate last year of 75%.
findmypast.com enters the U.S. market in
the role of David facing Goliath in the
shape of ancestry.com, the overwhelming
market leader and the world's largest
genealogy company, with a market
capitalization of a billion dollars plus.
"We're not used to thinking of ourselves as
small", says Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of
brightsolid, the world's second largest
genealogy company. "Our ambitions are big
and the launch of
findmypast.com is a major market entry.
The truth is, it's a growing market, with
plenty of room for both of us."
The launch of
findmypast.com will offer U.S. customers
access to not just a wealth of U.S.
genealogical records but also a vast
overseas collection. The latter includes
almost 1,000 unique British, Irish and
Australian record collections, with some
single collections containing 30 million
Findmypast.com is the new U.S. addition to a
global network of findmypast websites - it
joins existing findmypast sites in the UK,
Ireland and Australia. Its launch, with the
help of a separate U.S. team, follows
growing global demand for findmypast's other
sites, says van der Kuyl: "Last year, we had
4.5 million visits to findmypast.co.uk from
other countries, led by the U.S., while 55%
of findmypast Ireland visits came from
Findmypast.com will enter the U.S. market,
armed with the unique wealth of its British
and Irish genealogical records, as well as
its unrivalled ease of search technology and
its more flexible payment options.
"We aim to become the go-to family history
site, first for Americans of British and
Irish descent, and eventually for all
Americans", says van der Kuyl. Nearly a
quarter of all Americans, by some estimates,
have British ancestry.
For further information:
Brian Speckart +1-7146543415
‘Overcrowding to blame for Sacred Heart’s
(Former Mombasa Goan School) poor results’
Updated Thursday, June 28 2012 | By Patrick
Situated at the intersection between
Archbishop Makarios and Liwatoni roads is
the Sacred Heart school, Mombasa. We arrived
at the Goan school recently during the feast
of the sacred heart of Jesus.
Teachers told us they dedicate this day
every year to prayer. A mass is presided
over by priests within the school. The
primary and secondary schools were
established in 1932 by Goans to provide
education to the community, which was then
sending its children to boarding schools in
Goa, India. In the process, many women were
forced to relocate to Goa to take care of
their children. This kept them away from
their husbands and other family members
working in Kenya.
The wind of political change in 1961,
however, completely transformed the
community school. Even the name had to be
changed to Sacred Heart. The Africanisation
programme and its uncertainty made many
Indians leave the country. The community
handed over the public school to the
Catholic Church in Mombasa.
“The Goan school has been a centre of
excellence in the academic landscape because
it had graduate teachers from Goa. Many of
the students later trained in India and
elsewhere and dominated the fields of law
and medicine in Kenya,” says a member of the
Goan community in Mombasa who preferred to
Andrew Abreu, a Goan businessman and former
student of the school, says the institution
was once popular and attracted many students
due to its association with the prominent
Both the primary and secondary wings are
burdened by the growing number of learners.
The school was born after the then Mombasa
Liwali (ruler) Sir Ali bin Salim gave the
Goan community land and laid the foundation
stone for its construction on August 14,
At one point, the Portuguese funded the
expansion of the school.
The primary section is teaming with 1,014
pupils while the secondary side has more
than 600 students, all sharing a small
“We have been struggling with the high
population which has put a strain on
furniture and other amenities. We urgently
need to start a school feeding programme
because about 300 of the pupils are orphans
and cannot afford lunch,” the headmaster,
George Ojiambo says.
The primary section recorded a mean score of
281 in last year’s Kenya Certificate of
Primary Education examination. There are 31
teachers, 24 of them hired by the Teachers
The primary school excelled to the national
level in music and a French coral verse in
2011. It has also performed exceptionally
well in athletics in Mombasa County.
The high school wing has also performed well
in extra curricular activities, especially
athletics and music. The Sacred Heart High
School principal, Veronica Marami says a lot
has been done to restore its past glory.
She, however, says the compound is too
crowded for the school to expand to four
The mean score of the high school has
dropped to a low of 3.5, translating to a
“Girls and boys learn in separate classes to
encourage concentration. They are happy that
way. They are also more confident,” Ms
Marami says. She says the separation has
encouraged parents to bring in more girls as
it has curbed boy-girl relationships.
Each teacher also has a family of about 15
children to counsel and mentor.
This, she says, leads to smooth flow of
information from the students to the
“Children are from different backgrounds and
share their problems with the teachers
nurturing them. In this system, we are able
to counsel them without difficulties,” she
Ms Marami says when she was posted to the
school in 2010, she found out some students
were taking advantage of the day school to
report as late as 9am: “We introduced school
assemblies every day instead of Monday and
Friday only. As a result, the students now
report on time. Absenteeism has also gone
down drastically,” she says.
In addition to the family model counselling,
the school has pastoral service where a
priest is usually invited to talk to the
For Muslim students, a room has been
provided at the school for prayers.
Ms Marami says the school caters for all
categories of students including those from
the streets. The head student, Joseph Muliro
admits he was once a street boy. What the
school stands for is summarised in its motto
The history of Goans in Kenya is long and
winding. It goes back as far as 1865 with
the arrival and establishment of businesses
in Mombasa by a Mr de Souza and other early
Goans had trickled into East Africa at the
time of the Portuguese rule but at the turn
of the last century, there was a greater
influx. They came to Kenya as sailors,
cooks, tailors, railway employees and
They are associated with the construction of
the Uganda Railway.
Prominent Goans included Dr ACL de Souza, Dr
Ribeiro, JM Nazareth, Pio Gama Pinto, Joseph
Murumbi and Fritz de Souza.
Mr Murumbi became Kenya’s vice-president.
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