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I Agree With Trump, Raul Castro Snubbed President Obama & The U.S. By Refusing To Greet Him At The Airport.

by Anura Guruge


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YouTube video of Castro greeting Pope Francis at the airport on September 19, 2015 during his 2nd visit to Cuba. Click image to access YouTube video.


As you might be able to imagine, I, not white by a long chalk, don’t agree with the ‘Duck‘ on many things — though I think we are fairly compatico when it comes to having no sympathy with illegals (given that I experience all the ‘bad things’ legals have to endure because of the illegals).

But I agree with the ‘Duck’ that this was a DEFINITE, calculated SNUB.

It was a bloody historic visit at so many different levels. IF Castro had a policy that he NEVER meets a Head of State off the plane I would be 100% fine with that. As the adopted son of an Ambassador (the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S. to boot) I do understand and appreciate diplomatic protocol.

But Casto was at the airport to meet Pope Francis and Castro is said to be an atheist (in public).

NOT RIGHT.

If the White House knew this before hand they should have complained.

IF it was a surprise Obama should have turned back, got back on Air Force One and flown back.

Whatever you may think about the ‘Duck’ you know, and I know, that he would be capable of turning back and leaving the Cuban’s with their mouths agape. 


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by Anura Guruge

Popes In Sombreros — Argentinian Pope Francis Far From First To Sport A Sombrero.

by Anura Guruge


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It has become a rite of passage — popes visiting Latin America, in particular Mexico or Cuba, don a sombrero at some point during the trip, usually on the plane on the flight out. But there has also been occasions when a pope is presented with a sombrero, by visiting Latin Americans, at the Vatican.

The first pope to wear one appears to have been Paul VI. He only made one trip to Latin America, and that was to Colombia, in August 1968 to attend the 39th International Eucharistic Congress in Bogotá. 


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Pope Francis Is In Cuba Again, Today — 2nd Visit In 5 Months.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) at: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/.


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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access original.


This visit, or to be more precise ~2 hour stopover enroute to Mexico, has not received much publicity in the U.S.

The purpose of this visit is for an HISTORIC meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — on neutral ground.

The claim is that the two will sign a joint declaration condemning violence against Christians in the Middle East — now with Russia such a key player in Syria and Iran.

Though not stated they may also discuss the possibility of standardizing when Easter Sunday will be celebrated across the two Churches.

Agreeing on matters further could be prickly since a major stumbling block between what the two Churches believe in is the role of the pope! The Orthodox Church does not believe that the Pope has the right to be the head of Christians on Earth — that being the role of Christ. And then there is the Filioque (‘from the son’) addition in the Nicene creed (and that is BIGGIE).

As far as we have been told Pope Francis will not leave the Airport. There is also no mention whether any of the Castros will be at the airport to greet him.

John Paul II, in 1984, set the precedent for such ‘Airport Only’ stopover meetings when he met with Ronald Reagan at the Fairbanks Airport in Alaska. The two had also met at the airport in Anchorage Alaska 3 years earlier BUT in that instance the pope did visit the City to celebrate a Mass.


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by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis Loses Hat Even Before He Sets Foot In Cuba — An Omen?

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>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>>Pope Francis — The Sinner” — PBS Documentary.
>> Catholic statistics for U.S. per Vatican.
>> Pope Francis to stay at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.

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Click to access ‘AP’ provided YouTube video. Happens around the 20 second mark (as you can see from the timeline on the image).


This pope is prone to lose his hat, i.e., the white watered-silk zucchetto, upon arriving at a country. It happened when he arrived in Sri Lanka, in January of this year, and I ever observant of such matters, did document it for YOU. To be fair John Paul II and Benedict XVI also had the same problem. It tends to be windy at the top of a gangway. I am surprised the Vatican has not done something about this. It should be possible to come up with a ‘better’ fitting (though more uncomfortable) zucchetto just for such occasions so the pope doesn’t have to scramble about trying to retrieve his hat. As you will see in the video he proceeds down the gangway clutching his hat and appearing NOT to be too amused. Poor Francis. You would think that his Superior, the ‘one up there’ (as they refer to ‘him’ in the Vatican) would help out. Least he could do.


Pope Francis, Ahead Of U.S. Visit, Makes Scathing Remarks Re. Same-Sex Marriage & ‘Logic of Profits’.

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>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> Catholic statistics for U.S. per Vatican.
>> Pope Francis to stay at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.

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Use this link to access original at the ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS).



To be honest there is NOTHING new here. Pope Francis, if anything,
is being very consistent as to his vehement opposition to
same-sex marriage and is deep-seated opposition
to what he sees as ‘capitalism‘.

I cover all of this in my book about Pope Francis’
September visit to the U.S.
Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious”

Here is an extract. Click to ENLARGE and read.

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Vatican Publishes Catholic Statistics For The U.S. Ahead Of Pope Francis’ Visit — Consistent With Those In Book.

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CoverOriginalScreenCaptureRelated Posts:
>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> Pope Francis to stay at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.

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It has now become customary for the Vatican to publish these
Catholic statistics for the host country
ahead of each papal visit.

They typically tend to be slightly optimistic
and about 9 to 18 months out-of-date

— given that they insist on using numbers that they maintain in Rome
as opposed to those available directly from the country.

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Use this link to access original at the ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS).



The equivalent numbers from my book
Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious“.
It is available from Amazon (worldwide) as an eBook
(that can be read on ANY device) for 99 cents.
A paperback, for $7.50, is also available.

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Pope Francis’ Historic First Visit To The U.S. — THE BOOK.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Trip ‘coordinator’ indicted.
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

Francis says the darnest things 

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Available from Amazon (worldwide) as an eBook or Paperback.

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It is the definitive insider’s guide to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington D.C, New York City and Philadelphia in September 2015. Check it out. Amazon has the descriptive blurbs so I won’t regurgitate them here.

Did a lot of research for this book and that, as with some of my other pope books (e.g., Popes and the Tale of their Names), is what sets it apart. Lots of information that is not common knowledge. I enjoy the research! This book, like so many of my others, was basically an excuse for me to do the research. I don’t see a point of doing research if you don’t share it with folks.

This, in the end, proved to be a long book. 170 pages, 7″ x 10″, in paperback form and 213 pages as an eBook.

Given that the pope will arrive in D.C., from Cuba, on September 22, 2015, I had a very HARD, immovable deadline. I wanted to get the book out a month prior to his arrival. So in the end, given that I didn’t finish my previous book till mid-May, I only had 3 months to write this book — though I had started doing some of the research earlier in the year. My goal was to have it published a month ahead of the pope’s arrival. I missed that by a day, but I am not too upset by that. This book was a lot of work and for the last 6 weeks I was working heads down whenever I could — BUT at the same time trying to make sure that I spent time with the kids and took them places they wanted to go (like ‘Polar Caves‘ & ‘York Wild Kingdom‘ last week). The kids, actually, are kind of funny about my books. They are so used to me writing and having books published that they think it is the most normal thing in the world. So yesterday, when I told Teischan (9) that I had finished my latest book, her words were: “Oh, good! That book took you forever to write. You have been working on it for 3 months!” Wow. The expectations I have created. Three months is plenty of time to get a book done. Yikes.

I am taking at least a 2 week break after this book. For a start I need to spend time with the new camera I plan to get — hopefully ordering it this week. I do have a list of about 5 book titles in my head. Tempted to write a book about Buddhism next! So the sequence would be … popes, popes, orgasms, popes, Buddhism. That is me. Versatile. There is, however, a dynamite ‘pope’ book that I want to write. So it is going to be a tussle. PLUS, a new resolution. Going forward I am NOT going to work on a book everyday! I am going to take 2 (maybe 3) days OFF a week. Yes, I will still write — as in blogging etc. — BUT it will not be on book. That way I can get some other stuff done. So that is the plan.

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Pope Francis’ Edict To Forgive Abortion Will NOT Sit Well With Many U.S. Catholics — Cardinals Already In Rebuttal Mode.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

Pope Francis co-writes song.
† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.

Francis says the darnest things 

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While, of course, it will make some extremely happy, this, as you can easily imagine, will NOT sit well with conservative U.S. Catholics. This is a firm slap in the face to the Church’s supposed sanctity of human life. This pope is again reveling in being a maverick for the sake of being a maverick.

It also highlights the arbitrariness of Catholic sin. Suddenly, for a year, it is no longer a sin. What rank nonsense is this?

Check this to see how some cardinals are already rebutting the ol’ pope.


Pope Francis Coming To The U.S. FROM Cuba May Upset & Offend Some Despite New Cuban Detente.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ … 
Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.

Francis says the darnest things 

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People don’t turn on a dime. After 50 years of suspicion most Americans aren’t going to think of Cuba as the ‘new Canada’ overnight. Plus there are all the Cuban exiles who still have lots of issues from the past to deal with.

So despite the sudden and new detente it is going to take some time for folks to get used to the notion that Cuba is no longer a ‘bad guy’.

Consequently, that Pope Francis — and the Vatican — think that it is ‘OK’ to come to the U.S. from Cuba is somewhat puzzling and intriguing. I am sure that some are going to be offended. Worst case the pope could have gone to Cuba FROM the U.S.

Cuba is a Catholic country and both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have visited Cuba; the former visiting it on its own and the later doing so on his way to Mexico.

Was not the most diplomatic thing to do. Some, I am sure, will feel slighted.


Pope Francis’ Visit To The US: Making Peace With The Nuns & Riling The Miami Cubans.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ … 
Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.

Francis says the darnest things 

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As is becoming the norm with this maverik, unpredictable pope
there is always two-sides to most things he does.
That is appearing to be the case with his trip to the
U.S. in September 2015.

GOOD: Making peace with the U.S. nuns.
BAD: Further upsetting the Miami Cubans.

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Click to access “Washington Post” coverage.

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Click to access CNN coverage.


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Click for ONE of my many, many posts on this subject on my “Popes and Papacy” blog. Search on ‘nuns’ once you are at the blog.

In what was a star-crossed papacy, one of the strangest things that octogenarian Benedict (#266) permitted was that of the Vatican trying to cross swords with the much respected and beloved U.S. nuns. Even without comparison to their child-abusing ‘brothers’, the U.S. nuns, by most any measure, were Saints. So the Vatican, and the pope, was on a hiding to nowhere. Popes and the Vatican, over the centuries have tried to fight many losing causes — and this still has to be up there as one of the stupidest.

Francis can be street smart, when he puts his mind to it, and making peace with the U.S. nuns AHEAD of his trip to the U.S. was indeed a clever move. The last thing he needed while in the U.S. was having the nuns ‘mad’ at him. Plus, he will be relying on the nuns to take care of him while he is here. That is how it works. So this is all very smooth stuff.

Not so, the plan to extend the U.S. trip to include Cuba. Despite all of the immense progress made re. Cuba in the last couple of months, I do NOT think the Miami Cubans are going to be happy with that move. Lets wait and see. This is just a heads up.