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The East Side Of The Pacific Was Spotted, For The First Time, By An European, This Day 504-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_Núñez_de_Balboa.

This was 4-days later. Vasco Núñez de Balboa conquering and taking possession of the Pacific!

There is a MISCONCEPTION as to this September 25th anniversary when it comes to the Pacific.

Of course, first and foremost, it all has to do with first European eyes. Native Americans and Asians and the Polynesians were very familiar with the Pacific going back thousands of years.

Even with that Spaniard, Vasco Núñez de Balboa was NOT the first European to see the Pacific — on September 25, 1513! He was the first to see the EASTERN side of the Pacific.

Two Portuguese explorers had ventured into the Western part of the Pacific in 1512. That part gets ‘lost in the translation’ because it does not involve the Americas.

Kind of funny, all round.

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Pope Francis’ “Wake Up! Wake Up!” CD — Here Is The Official Music Video.

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Click here for the
“Para que todos sean uno”
(“So We Can All Be One”)

single released on Palm Sunday, 2015.


Click to access YouTube official music video.

Pope Francis does NOT sing on this CD (or ‘album’).

Instead it is his words, sometimes in heavily accented English and other times in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, from homilies he has delivered, set to very catchy, high-energy, electronic music by composers Dino Doni and Toni Pagliuca — and complemented with hymns and Latin chants. Got that.

Basically Pope Francis’ words set to music.

You can hear the ‘Wake Up! Wake Up!’ in English at the 2:46 minute mark, as shown below.


3 Real Neat, Very Old Papal Coins By My Friend ‘Mark T.’

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My friend and frequent collaborator ‘Mark T.’ is a longtime and avid collector of papal coins. I have done many posts about his papal coins in my (old) “Popes and Papacy” blog.

Go to “Popes and Papacy” and search on ‘coins’ or click on the coins, to the right, to take you to a post that will serve as a good start.

This is a Billon Denaro Paparino of Urban VI (#203), 1378 to 1389, the LAST non-cardinal to be elected pope. He proved to be more than a handful. Not a coincidence that they have never elected a non-cardinal since! And he was 600 years ago. I have a LOT about him in my “Next Pope 2011” book.

On the right image, starting at the upper right, it +VRB’ PP SESTVS in gothic font
on the left image (two keys), starting from the upper right, S PETRVS ET PAVL (i.e., Saints Peter and Paul).

Another restitution medal (c. 1710) engraved by Giovanni Battista Pozzo, of John VI (#85), 701 to 705. So this coin minted 1,ooo years after his death!

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Another one by the same artist/engraver, of Portuguese physician John XXI (#188), 1276 – 1277 who died when the ceiling of his hastily constructed library, in Viterbo [Italy], collapsed on him. So this was 500 years after his death.

Sorry To Inform You Of The Death Of Elmo Noel Perera, Bishop Emeritus of Galle (Sri Lanka).


Spectacular Portuguese fortified Galle by the ocean.

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From “gcatholic.org” run by my friend Gabriel Chow. Click to ENLARGE and read.

Just had an e-mail from Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Colombo (Sri Lanka) — a longtime family friend. Thought I would share given my Catholic and Sri Lankan readership. The news hasn’t hit all the relevant Catholic Websites as yet. [I sent Gabriel, at gcatholic.org, an e-mail.]

I did NOT know Bishop Elmo Perera. I see, thanks to Gabriel’s outstanding work, that we had 3 bishops all called Perera. Yes, a common name in Sri Lanka (a local variant of the Portuguese ‘Pereira‘ — for pear tree). I actually have cousins named ‘Perera’, and as is not unusual in Sri Lanka, they are Buddhists — i.e., names are not a reliable indicator of religion in Sri Lanka.

Theoretically, if not for the fact that I was adopted and do not know my biological family, Galle is my ‘home town’. I knew Galle well in my youth. Used walk on the ramparts. Now when I see them on TV, when cricket matches are being played in Galle, it makes me very nostalgic. Beautiful part of the world. After Galle there is nothing but Indian ocean all the way to Antarctica. 

Just Noticed On Google News That I Am Quoted In Portuguese In A Brazilian Newspaper.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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I had actually found that article about my Comet ISON books in the Nashua, NH, ‘The Telegraph’, when I was perusing through Google News looking for new news stories about ISON. I had done the interview a couple of weeks ago and no longer have the time to keep track of whether or when these eventually appear as stories. I then realized I should do a Google News search on ‘Guruge’ to see what else is being said about me. I don’t do this as often as I should. I hadn’t done it in months. During the pope transition I was more diligent since I was getting quoted all over the place. I then happened to notice this snippet. Cracked me up. It was in Portuguese.


So I clicked on it to get the article. It was published in Brazil.


I have to say I sound good in Portuguese. What I am saying is, and this is taken from the book: The Vatican is in crisis again. But this situation is nothing close to other problems that the Church has faced in the past. The crisis will be overcome, and many more to come“.