Pope urges Lankan leaders to initiate dialogue for common good Source:Island (Vatican News): Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the people of Sri Lanka, assuring that he joins them in prayer. Speaking during the Sunday Angelus he also issued an appeal to all parties who are engaged in finding a solution to the crisis, rooted in corruption and economic mismanagement, that has deprived the people of basic needs and livelihoods and led to a popular uprising. The Pope also said he joins the religious leaders of the country “in imploring everyone to refrain from any form of violence and to initiate a process of dialogue for the common good.” Sri Lanka’s ousted president meanwhile, fled overseas this week to escape the swelling popular uprising against his government. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation was accepted by parliament on Friday after hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters came out onto the streets of ...

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Pope Francis appeals for peace for SL Source:Dailymirror Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for peace in Sri Lanka today.  “I  unite myself to the sorrow of the Sri Lankan people, who continue to suffer the effects of political and economic instability,” Pope Francis said on Sunday, following the weekly prayers.(Yohan Perera) ...

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“A PAPAL VISIT” – by Des Kelly Although he is not expected to visit us in person, Pope Francis has “reflected” on what life is like, on Earth, from time to time, and being the forthright type of person, His Holiness is, he has decided to divulge his reflections to us via the Internet. Ex Royal Ceylon Naval Man Chris Lawton,  O.A.M. sent me this article which will definitely be of interest to e’Lanka readers. Without further ado, here it is. Reading his reflections certainly gives us sonething to think about. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. POPE FRANCIS IS ALWAYS SURPRISING US WITH HIS REFLECTIONS: “Hospital walls have heard more honest prayers than churches …  They’ve seen far more sincere kisses than kisses at airports …  It is at the hospital that you see a homophobic being saved by a gay doctor.  The “patricinha” doctor saving the life of a beggar ...

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AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FOR JUNE 2021 ISOLATION I do not consider this as ISOLATION/ Lockdown having to stay at home with whom we love. *Isolation is what the seriously ill are experiencing in hospital.* Stop saying that you are bored, upset that you can’t leave the house; *while everyone in the hospital wants to go home.* So, thank God if you have to stay at home, because despite everything, with money or without money, with a job or without a job, *you are in the best place you could be, at home, surrounded by who loves you!* Perhaps it is time to transform your house into a wonderful place to stay, *a place of peace and not of war, of embrace and not of distance.* ...

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AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2021 *You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.  To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons ...

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Solidarity in Action – by Oscar E V Fernando In its simplest form solidarity is mutual support and unity of interests, aims and actions among members of a group-taking it up from the dictionary definition. With present day technologies, this ‘group’ definition has taken a global dimension-as we have to be in touch with people impersonally for business and commerce etcetera. Solidarity also connotes that we must become aware of the growing cult of individualism-fast enveloping societies, with only a search within, for right or wrong, which is subjective, as opposed to objective realities of truth and moral behavior. It also means that collective decisions must be given priority over individual whims and fancies to accomplish results. Curricula in education must be emphatic that we cannot live and exist independently of others as we are interdependent beings: we must look at interdependence as something good-positive-rational and cherish able. This is ...

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THE P.M. & THE POPE – By Des Kelly Both are very much in the news as I write this piece of “BREAKING NEWS” for eLankan readers in Australia at the moment, 90% of whom are sick to their back teeth, of what goes on, both in Canberra & Vatican-City right now. As regards to Prime Ministers, firstly, I know that, like me, quite a few of us were not too good at Arithmetic (in school), &, as such, it is difficult to keep track of how many P.M’s we have seen, come & go, recently. We elect them, hoping for the best, only to see them challenged for this “position” that, to my thinking, change even their young  “good looks” into wrinkled, pasty-faced individuals, sometimes even seeming to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. If one was broke, homeless, downtrodden, unemployed & already depressed, I could well ...

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