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Pope Francis
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Pope Francis' 1st Words

Vatican City, March 13, 2013 - Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter's Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter.

Brothers and sisters, good evening!

You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as though my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are. I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has a bishop. Thank you!


POPE FRANCIS- first non-European Pope in 1,300 years
Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:43

ROME - Argentina has given the world a Pope.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 76-year-old Jesuit from Buenos Aires, is now Pope Francis and stands at the centre of the Catholic world wearing the red shoes of the fisherman.


Cardinals Pick Bergoglio, Who Will Be Pope Francis
The New York Times | By RACHEL DONADIO | Published: March 13, 2013

Vatican City — With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, the first South American to lead the church.


Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church broke Europe’s millennium-long stranglehold
Washington Post | By Jason Horowitz, Published: March 13

Vatican City — The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church broke Europe’s millennium-long stranglehold on the papacy and astonished the Catholic world Wednesday, electing Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th pope.


Toronto Goans Rejoice
Message from Victor D’Souza | President – Friends of St. Francis Xavier - Mississauga Ontario

Dear Friends,

I am sure we all are happy that Christ has chosen his Vicar on earth, that is, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergogilo as Pope Francis


Canadian economic growth to improve but remain sluggish in 2013: CIBC

Business investment waiting for global growth to spur demand for Canadian exports

Toronto, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - While Canada's economy limped to a close last year, it is not a sign of worse things to come in 2013 - although growth will continue to be lacklustre for some time, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc.


Think tank calls on feds to stop growth-killing austerity - Alternative Budget plan tackles Canadians' real concerns

Ottawa, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) warns more austerity measures from the federal government could further stall an already stagnant economy.


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Goa in the throes of Growing Pains
By Armand Rodrigues

Mention GOA, and one’s thought processes zero-in on Bardez, Ilhas and Salcete, along the coastal belt. Yet, its greater land mass is in the interior beyond. With a predominantly Christian population, the coastal dwellers emulated the Portuguese rulers who converted them to Catholicism in the 16th century, and moved into a Western mode when it came to eating, drinking, dressing, dancing and worshipping. They evolved in a different culture from that of their ancestors.


Mourning After Hugo, the hero
By: Margaret Mascarenhas | March 9, 2013

Margaret Mascarenhas' books describe her as "an Americanborn freelance writer, columnist and editorial consultant of Goan origin". She has also "lived, worked and taught" in the US and India, and divides time between Goa and California. Her novel ‘The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos' is set to get noticed, bringing the focus once again to questions of whether Goa can actually be a creative place for a writer to be based in. Published by Penguin and other big labels, Mascarenhas is one of those writers who has chosen to work out of Goa. By choice.
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Frederick Noronha in conversation with Margaret Mascarenhas.

Chavez's life is the stuff of movies. He is that larger-than-life archetype, that Robin Hood, that David who slays Goliath - or at least holds him at bay.

People Places and Things

9 March 2013: Muslim Mob Burns 160 Christian Houses In Lahore, Pakistan
Fr. Robert McCulloch

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March 9

  • On Saturday morning, 9 March, a mob of 7,000 Muslim men looted and set fire to Joseph Colony, a Christian residential area near Badami Bagh in central Lahore. At least 160 houses belonging to low to middle class Christian families, 18 shops and two churches, one Catholic and the other Seventh day Adventist, were burnt

From Audio Archive: Michael Pinto, Back in Goa after 27 Years (March 16, 2012)

A school-teacher and engineering student in the 1970s, Michael Pinto returns to Goa after 27 years. He talks of the memories and times he knew here in the 1960s. He grew up as a lad in Belgaum, India and was a teacher at St. Britto's Mapusa, for a couple of years (1965-1967).

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Artist/Composer: Recorded by FN/Frederick Noronha
Date: 2012-03-16

NRI education pioneer Dr Sugata Mitra wins $ 1 million TED prize
India Global, Updated Feb 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India

Washington: An NRI education pioneer, known for his innovative 'hole-in-the-wall' experiment to give computer education to slum children, has been awarded with the prestigious $1 million TED prize. Dr Sugata Mitra, a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK, accepted the award - TED's annual prize of $one million that gives an exceptional individual the chance to conceive and launch a high-impact project. After receiving the award, Mitra said he will use prize to launch global initiative for self-directed learning releases toolkit for schools and families to create self-organised learning environments. "My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online," Mitra said.


Report Blames Climate Change for Extremes in Australia
March 4, 2013 | By Matt Siegel

Sydney, Australia — Climate change was a major driving force behind a string of extreme weather events that alternately scorched and soaked large sections of Australia in recent months, according to a report issued Monday by the government’s Climate Commission.


Indonesia planted 3 billion trees in past 2 years: president

Jakarta, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Monday that the country had planted over 3 billion trees over the past two years, a move aimed at mitigating deforestation in the archipelago country.


Pakistan, Iran Launch Gas Pipeline
March 11, 2013 | by Sharon Behn

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is in Iran to inaugurate the construction of a new pipeline that could supply energy-starved Pakistan with natural gas. The project could risk incurring international sanctions surrounding Tehran's nuclear program.


News Clips from Goa

About 30 percent increase in lifestyle diseases in Goa
Posted: 09 Mar 2013 05:25 AM PST

An almost 30 per cent increase in lifestyle diseases in the state of Goa has been observed over the last 3 years, according to the Forum for Promoting Employment and Entrepreneurship in Goa (FPEEG) which interacted with over 120 GPs and other specialist doctors including doctors at the Goa Medical College. The FPEEG inputs show that stress-related disorders are more rampant in south Goa, while liver diseases have shown a noticeable increase in North Goa. Stress, unemployment, incorrect eating habits, sedentary lifestyle and the lack of proper exercise have contributed to a quantum jump in lifestyle diseases, says Dr Dorland Martins MD, of the Vitanova Clinic in Margao. Out of the approximately 10 to 15 deaths – not including accidents – recorded each day in the state of Goa, a majority of them were due to cardio vascular ailments, diabetes or alcohol-related liver diseases.

Globalisation has cut off human connections: Shetty
Published on: March 10, 2013 - 00:50

Margao: Dr Harish Shetty, a psychiatrist, on Saturday, stated that globalisation has cut off the human connections and in the process, the compassion is lost among us, it is high time to be compassionate with the children.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announces financial package for mining ban affected

Porvorim: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday announced a financial bonanza for those affected by the mining ban in the state on the anniversary of his government's first year in power.

No reason to curtail iron ore production in Goa
Posted: 06 Mar 2013 08:43 PM PST | Courtesy : TOI

Union mines ministry informed the Supreme Court in an affidavit that there is no need to curtail iron ore production in Goa. “The apprehension that iron ore in Goa would last for a limited period is not correct, and should not be a reason for cessation or curtailing of ore production in Goa,” under secretary in the mines ministry Anil Subrarnaniarn said in the affidavit.

Goa Shipyard Ltd bags Vishwakarma Award 2013
Published on: March 8, 2013 - 23:39

Panaji: The Modernisation Project of Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has been awarded the prestigious Vishwakarma Award for 2013. The award instituted by Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) was presented to GSL under the Best Construction Project category.

GSL is in the process of implementing its planned modernisation programme to create contemporary shipbuilding infrastructure facilities. This will boost indigenous construction of high technology warships and vessels required by Indian Navy and Coast Guard to meet the vital defence needs of the country.

Goans Leaving Home
by Charlane Pereira on Mar 7, 2013

It seems the trend is for Goans to leave and foreigners to come. If Goa’s good enough for outsiders, isn’t it good enough for Goans?

Take a glance around ancestral homes in the villages or cities. Doors, windows shut to anyone who wants to say a quick neighbourly hello. Some elders are dumped in old age homes, while others long for their grown children to come back and visit them once in a while.

News Clips from India

India's biggest shopping mall opens in Kochi
IBN Kerala, Updated Mar 11, 2013

Kochi: Billed as India's biggest shopping mall, the Lulu Shopping Mall was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kochi on Sunday. Built at a cost of over Rs 1,600 crore, the mall is spread over 2.5 million square feet of space and is owned by EMKE group of United Arab Emirates (UAE) businessman MA Yousuf Ali, who hails from Kerala.

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, state Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan, several cabinet colleagues of Chandy and other top Kerala politicians were also present at the occasion.


5-6 % growth not sufficient for India’s economy , says RBI Governor
PTI Posted online: Sun Mar 03 2013,

New Delhi: Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao today said a growth rate of 5-6 per cent is not sufficient for the economy, which has the potential to grow at double digit rate provided some issues are addressed.


Followers criticize study attacking Mother Teresa
Posted on March 7, 2013, 5:32 PM

The controversial study is ill informed.

New Delhi: Days after an international study criticized Mother Teresa’s saintliness, people who closely knew the nun rubbished the claims saying the researchers were ill informed and failed to understand her life. "In such a huge ocean of goodness, it's always easy to find some points of criticism," says former chief election commissioner Navin Chawla, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Mother Teresa in 1992.


India is diabetic capital of the world: Keith Vaz
Published on: March 11, 2013 - 00:17

Story Summary:
The UK Member of Parliament, Mr Keith Vaz, who is of Goan origin, on Sunday said that India is the diabetic capital of the world with around 70 million people currently suffering from diabetes.

Margao: The UK Member of Parliament, Mr Keith Vaz, who is of Goan origin, on Sunday said that India is the diabetic capital of the world with around 70 million people currently suffering from diabetes.


Indian women turn to smartphones to 'pin creeps'
Daily News & Analysis
ANI / Sunday, March 3, 2013 17:04 IST

With virtual bodyguards, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are turning towards smartphones for protection after the notorious gang-rape in New Delhi.


Swiss Govt proposes new laws against illicit wealth in banks
PTI Posted online: Sun Mar 03 2013, 16:33 hrs

Bern, New Delhi: Facing demands from India and other countries for banking details of persons with alleged black money in Switzerland, the European nation has proposed new rules for combating money laundering and mandating extra due diligence by banks before accepting clients' money.


India's atomic research centre developing world's largest magnet

New Delhi, March 5 (Xinhua) -- India's state-owned Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is developing what it claims to be the world's largest magnet, weighing 50,000 tons, local media reported Tuesday.



Tue Mar 19 12:00:00

Luiza entered into rest on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Sunnybrook Hospital.  Luiza, beloved wife of Michael, loving mother of Cyril (Dawn) and Sandra Miersch (Ulrich).  Loving grandmother of Christian, Ian, Keith, Natalie, Adrian and Evan.  She will be forever remembered and dearly missed.  Family and friends will be received at PAUL O’CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence ....  Read more



Toronto East Goan Seniors Association – Notice of Annual General Meeting
Source: TEGSA Events (

Pursuant to the TEGSA Constitution, members are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting of the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association, will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013, @ 6:30 p.m. at Commander Hall, 140 Commander Blvd. Scarborough .


Goan Overseas Association - G.O.A. Toronto

Annual General Body Meeting 2013

Notice of The Goan Overseas Association

Pursuant to Rule 15 (a) of the Goan Overseas Association Constitution, members are hereby notified that the Annual General Body Meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at the Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, M9B 2B1, ON, (Burnhamthorpe Rd/ Hwy 427). Registration Starts at 1:15 p.m.



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Health & Wellness

Canadians' cyber illiteracy puts us at risk of being scammed: -privacy commissioner

Ottawa - Despite topping the list as the heaviest Internet users worldwide, Canadians are surprisingly lacking in digital literacy — and that's putting their personal information at risk, says Canada's privacy watchdog.


Ontario's Doctors encouraged by obesity report

Toronto, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors are very encouraged by the release of "No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy" report, and would like to congratulate members of the Healthy Kids' Panel for their work on this crucial health issue.


Regular workouts mean better sleep
By Misty Harris, Postmedia NewsMarch 4, 2013

Those who exercise sleep more soundly, wide-ranging study finds

Researchers say simply adding 10 minutes of walking to your day is likely to improve the quality of sleep you get.


Alcohol one of Canada's top health threats: Study
Mar 06, 2013

Stocking up. Roughly 80 per cent of Canadians are drinkers, according to a new study. Torstar Network

It’s a sobering nation-wide report with a stark conclusion: Alcohol is one of the greatest public health threats in Canada. And the provinces are not doing enough to curb its deadly potential.


Eating greens helps the immune system

Researchers have put forward the theory that that an immune cell population, essential for intestinal health, could be controlled by leafy greens in typical diets.

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