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Pope proclaims seven new saints, including St. Kateri, St. Marianne
Written by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Sunday, 21 October 2012 13:09

Vatican City (CNS) -- Proclaiming seven new saints -- including St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope from North America -- Pope Benedict XVI said they are examples to the world of total dedication to Christ and tireless service to others. In a revised canonization rite Oct. 21, the pope prayed for guidance that the church would not "err in a matter of such importance" as he used his authority to state that the seven are with God in heaven and can intercede for people on earth.


In an act of atonement, Vatican makes Kateri Tekakwitha the first native Canadian saint
Eric Reguly | Rome — The Globe and Mail | Published Sunday, Oct. 21 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

All canonizations are political to some degree, but the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first indigenous Canadian saint, was more political than most. The First Nations considered it a key step in the Vatican’s long and haphazard campaign to repair relations with a people it had mistreated for centuries.


A documentary on Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American Saint
2012-10-22 12:39:23

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October 22, 2012. ( Canadian TV Salt and Light has produced a documentary on the life and message of Kateri Tekakwitha. The first Native American saint was canonized by Benedict XVI on October 21st. The documentary was launched in Rome a day before the canonization ceremony.


Statistics Canada-2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians

More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as a home language or mother tongue. One-fifth of Canada's population, or nearly 6,630,000 people, spoke a language other than English or French at home in 2011, either alone or in some combination with English or French. A full analysis is available in the report Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians.


New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring
Published on Thursday October 20, 2011 | Jim Coyle

By the measure of a sophisticated new yardstick to be released Thursday (October 20), Canadian prosperity is poorly shared, our workers are run ragged, and we generally “are not having as much fun” as we once did.


Nearly one in five Canadian university graduates end up at the lower end of the income scale

Ryerson University event to discuss solutions for underemployed Canadians

Toronto, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Post-secondary education is important for many jobs in the economy today. Yet one in five university graduates in Canada makes less than $18,501 per year. On Thursday, October 25, the issue of mal-employment in the Canadian workforce will be the topic of discussion at an event hosted by Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. "Partnering for Prosperity: A Discussion on Economic Enhancement" will feature distinguished visiting scholar Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, who will present consultation findings on the underemployment of youth, individuals with disabilities, and new Canadians.


Canada wins Dodo award due to west coast geo-engineering experiment
By Andy Radia | Canada Politics – Wed, 17 Oct, 2012

Canada, along with the U.K., is being awarded the annual Dodo award at a UN conference on biodiversity — currently taking place in India — by the Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance, an international network of environmental activists and civil society organizations.


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Vatican Council has still to bear fruit- Fifty years on, it's time to revive it
October 19, 2012, 3:31 PM

Lahore:  A few years ago I was with a Church convoy carrying relief aid for flood victims. All our vehicles were crammed, so one of the priests tried to join the bishop in his car. One second later he got out and climbed into an overloaded pick up truck. The bishop preferred to travel alone.


A Somber Anniversary
Posted on October 19, 2012

Happy 50th anniversary, Second Vatican Council. What a 50 years it has been… and I’ve only been alive for half of them! I am truly a daughter of Vatican II. My parents were born in the years that the council took place and the “spirit” had definitely sunk in by the time I experienced Catechesis.

I’m embarrassed to admit many of the ways in which I absorbed the spirit of the council in my young adulthood. By the time I was 21, I was pro-gay, pro-choice, pro-contraception and what I thought… still Catholic. I had adopted the same pride which overcame many of those who had informed my faith; pride in the power to determine which Church teachings right, wrong, or negotiable.


Wages of cronyismm
Published on The Asian Age (
By editor | 23 Oct 2012

Corruption is neither new nor unique to India. The history of this part of the world as well as other areas on planet Earth, from ancient to medieval and modern times, is replete with instances of not just individual greed, venality and nepotism but organised and institutionalised forms of corruption.

A section within the Congress may convince Sonia Gandhi that the longer the government stays put the worse it will be for the future of the ‘grand old party’

People Places and Things

“Seven Crested Cranes”
by Maurice Pinto

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On October 22nd 2012, Mr Michael Molloy - President of the Canadian Immigration and Historical Society, presently with the University of Ottawa - Faculty of social sciences was at a luncheon meeting at the Konkan restaurant in Mississauga being feted and thanked by the Canadian Goan community organised by Mr Nick De Mello and Mr Thomas Francis , for the assistance during the mass expulsion of 90,000 Ugandan Asians in 1972 from the African country of Uganda.


UK teen of Goan roots 'beats' Einstein's IQ
Karsten Miranda, TNN Oct 14, 2012, 01.15AM IST

Margao: With a Mensa IQ score of 162, a 15-year-old London teenager with Goan roots has beaten Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Fabiola Mann's IQ has put her in the top 1% of intelligent people in the world, two points over the 160 scored by the scientific greats.

Mensa, founded in 1946 as a society for intelligent people, awarded Fabiola her membership certificate in August this year. The Harrow-on-the-Hill-resident, who wants to study medicine at Cambridge University and become a surgeon "because I like the idea of helping people", told STOI from London that she wasn't expecting the score.


Pope says too many Catholics don’t know basics of their faith
Posted on October 18, 2012, 3:08 PM

“Christians today often do not even know the central core of their Catholic faith,” Pope Benedict XVI observed at his regular public audience on October 17. At his regular weekly audience, the Holy Father announced that he was beginning a new series of catechetical talks, dedicated to the content of the faith, for the Year of Faith.

He said that the goal of the Year of Faith—and thus of his weekly talks—is “to renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ.”

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World Bank picks Kenya to host first green tech centre
Posted Monday, October 8 2012 at 20:23 | By David Herbling

In Summary

  • The World Bank selected Kenya as the home of the pioneer climate innovation hub since Nairobi already hosts multiple research laboratories for global firms such as tech giants IBM and Nokia

  • The centre plans to fund at least 13 climate technology enterprises in the next one year

Kenya has been selected to host the first of seven climate innovation centres.

News Clips from Goa

Goa mining ban equals Rs11,000 cr loss to govt
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 10:35 PM PDT

The central and Goa governments stand to lose about $2 billion, or over Rs11,000 crore, in taxes and royalties if the Supreme Court-imposed ban on mining in Goa continues till May. This translates into a per-day tax revenue loss of around Rs28 crore, over and above the losses that would be incurred by the companies, miners and traders in the state.

Goa miners have stashed proceeds from illegal mining in Swiss banks and other black money havens abroad, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has alleged while also calling for across the board nationailsation of all mining operations in the State. General Secretary for the Goa CPM Christopher Fonseca, squarely blamed the greed of the miners for resulting in the leaving more than a lakh people without jobs in view of the ban. “It is the corporate greed of these mine owners which has led to a scam and the subsequent ban on mining which has now affected the lives of over 1 lakh workers. It is high time that mining in Goa is nationalised,” CPI (M) general secretary for Goa Christopher Fonseca said speaking to the press after the party unit in Goa passed a resolution demanding nationalisation.

No fresh mining applications will entertained: Parrikar
Monday Oct 22, 2012

Panaji, Oct 22 — No fresh mining applications will be entertained in Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday.

100 mines in Goa get show-cause notices for encroachment
Posted: 09 Oct 2012

Goa Mines and Geology Department has issued show-cause notices to around 100 mining firms for allegedly encroaching outside their mining leases, which has been pointed out in the Justice M B Shah Commission report on illegal iron ore mining.

Goa govt begins surveying mining leases for encroachments
Posted: 11 Oct 2012 12:19 AM PDT

Goa Mines and Geology Department is conducting a survey of all mining leases to find out if they encroached upon areas outside their demarcated zones to extract ore, as mentioned by Justice M B Shah Commission in its report. The survey is being conducted with Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), an instrument that gives an accurate data about the encroachments, said Director of Mines Prasanna Acharya.

‘Saturday Night Markets’, both major tourist attractions in Goa
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 11:02 PM PDT
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Traffic queues along Arpora’s narrow main road during tourist season are a seasonal nightmare for residents. Two ‘Saturday Night Markets’, both major tourist attractions in Goa, have put the once sleepy village of Arpora firmly on the global tourism map. But there’s a downside.

When tourists have to travel from Calangute onwards to Anjuna, Morjim, Mandrem or Arambol, they all have to pass through Arpora. On Saturdays, especially in the evenings during the main tourist season from November to March, it is almost impossible to travel through the main road at Arpora. During the Christmas-New Year peak tourist season, traffic jams can be seen for five kilometres or more in all directions of this road because of its width at the T-junction and because of the one-lane bridge.

Percival Noronha, An Old Timer from Goa, Reminisces
Frederick Noronha
Almost 90 today, Percival Noronha, a government official in the Portuguese and post-1961 Goa administration talks of his life and times in this former Portuguese colony on the west coast of India. Interview conducted on October 17, 2012 at his home in Fontainhas, the "latin quarter" of Panjim.
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The Collector of Konkani Texts
Frederick Noronha
Brazinho Soares, of Santa Cruz village in Goa, India, is a collector of the written word in the local language Konkani. Over the years, he has built an amazing collection of the many (often now unavailable) books published in this tiny Indian "national" language. Here, he tells of his experiences with interviewer Stanley Vaz. Interview in Konkani, Doordarshan. Click here to read more

Eugene Correia, a journalist recollects
Frederick Noronha
Journalist of Goan origin has spent his entire working life outside Goa, mostly in Bombay (now Mumbai), then Canada and Dubai. Here he talks about his experiences in the profession, other journalists of Goan origin... and also wonders why as many Goan names are not visible as by-lines these days. Click here to read more

A Quiz on Panjim, Goa

Frederick Noronha
The Sunday Evening Quiz Club (SEQC, also pronounced as sec-c) organises a Quiz on the capital city of Goa, Panjim, on October 21, 2012. A live recording of the entire event. Quizmaster is Rajiv D'Silva. Click here to read more

Uganda, 50 Years of Independence (Celebrated in Canada)
Frederick Noronha
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India Maritime 2012
Frederick Noronha
Debasish Majumder, Joint Director of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICC), talks about the India Maritime 21012 event held from October 17-20, 2012 at Campal, Goa. This is a biennual India-organised international event focussing on shipping, ports, marine technology and logistics". Majumder can be contacted at or 91-98 7195 6820. Click here to read more

Mapusa: Yesterday and Today
Frederick Noronha
Report of a function to release a book by Domnic PF Fernandes (Goa,1556) on October 7, 2012. At Mapusa, Goa, India. Click here to read more

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News Clips from India

Facebook India's user base grows eightfold in two years
IANS | Oct 19, 2012,

World's largest social network Facebook announced that it has over 65 million active users in India, an eightfold increase over last two years.

Hyderabad: World's largest social network Facebook on Thursday announced that it has over 65 million active users in India, an eightfold increase over last two years.


UK government ends boycott of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi
Monday Oct 22, 2012
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After ten years, Britain has ended its diplomatic boycott on Narendra Modi. Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, was accused of failing to stop anti-Muslim rioting that killed at least a thousand people.

Sir James Bevan, the British high commissioner, spent 50 minutes with Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, in the western Indian state's capital of Gandhinagar on Monday morning. The conversation is understood to have been focused on business and investment.


India tea rises on good demand, tight supply
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:57am GMT

Mumbai, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Tea prices in India edged higher at this week's auction on good demand from local and overseas buyers and on tight supplies due to lower production in the first half of 2012.


India's first glass mosque - in Shillong
IANS | Oct 20, 2012, 11.34AM IST

Madina Masjid, an imposing and resplendent structure of glass dome and glass minarets in Shillong