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A Divine Mission

Pope Francis
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When Pope Francis visited the Philippines in 2015, he was treated like a rock star. Millions of Filipinos flocked to see him wherever he went. The scene could be compared to the enthusiastic crowd that Kim Jung Un attracts in North Korea. In this case, however, the display of affection was genuine and not made for the camera.

In return, Pope Francis rewarded the Filipinos with the divine mission of spreading Christianity in Asia. Personally, I don’t see the point. All religions are equal in the eyes of God. But then I digress.

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April 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm 10 comments

God’s Warriors

God's Warriors


Until college and minaret have crumbled
This holy work of ours will not be done
Until faith becomes rejection, and rejection becomes belief
There will be no true muslim.

-idries shah, the way of the sufi


These words of Idries Shah ring true not only for Muslims but for all believers as well.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent, produced a six-hour documentary on God’s Warriors. It was first aired in 2007, but it’s been rebroadcast through the years. I consider it as one of her best works. It examined the impact of religious fundamentalism as a powerful political force in the three major faiths: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

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October 14, 2013 at 10:56 am 7 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

It was in 2008 when I went to Turkey, but the memories of that trip remain fresh in my mind. It involved long walks on rugged terrains and accommodations that weren’t at par with Western standards. The rewards more than compensated for all the troubles.

One of these rewards was the opportunity to visit churches built during the early days of Christianity. Although I don’t consider myself a Born-Again Christian (actually, I’d be excommunicated for my beliefs), entering these churches had evoked some kind of religious experience within me.

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March 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm 14 comments

i was wrong and glad i was

pope francis i (photo credit: marcos brindicci/reuters)
argentine cardinal jorge mario bergoglio is the new pope. a seagull acted as the harbinger of good news. it sat on top of the chimney and flew away just before the white smoke emerged announcing his election. he chose the name francis, the first pope to be called by that name.

darn, i thought it would be cardinal tarcisio pietro evasio bertone. do i have to eat my shorts now? have mercy on me.

the election to the successor of pope benedict xvi didn’t last longer than i expected. i was thinking it would take at least around st. patrick’s day. what this means is that a front-runner among the cardinals had already been established even before the first vote was cast. it took just four more votes to get him elected.

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March 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm 1 comment

and the next pope is…

cardinal tarcisio pietro evasio bertone

on the eve of the papal conclave convening to elect the successor to pope benedict xvi, it’s still anybody’s guess. although some names come up in the press, nobody emerges as the clear front-runner.

i read that some odd makers have taken bets on who it will be by treating the favored cardinals like race thoroughbreds. is it in bad taste or not? i leave it to the bettors to decide.

at the same time, i don’t think i’d be crossing the line of decency by telling you to whom i’m putting my bets on. after all, everybody is entitled to his own opinion. if i were proven wrong, it’s no big deal. i wouldn’t be losing money. i may just have to eat my shorts, that’s all.

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March 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

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