22 Letters

posted Feb 20, 2019, 8:37 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 8:38 AM ]

Remembering our Bravehearts

Sir, The country is still recovering from the shock of the Pulwama massacre in Kashmir. While sadness overwhelms the nation, some are seething with anger at the cruelty of the act. The brave men were blown to smithereens in a matter of seconds. There was no chance to access their weapons and go down fighting. The act was just despicable. Our hearts go out to the families of the 44 jawans. There are only memories left, but the people of our nation will remember with gratitude the sacrifice of the families' fallen members. They are being looked after by our government and social bodies, and generous people.

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St Paul VI Feast on May 29

Sir, The Vatican has announced on February 6, 2019, that Pope St Paul VI's feast will be celebrated on May 29, as an optional memorial. Pope Paul VI was canonised by Pope Francis on October 14, 2018, along with Oscar Romero and five other new saints.

As Pope, Paul VI oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council. He issued a new Roman Missal, and in 1968, published his landmark Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teaching against contraception, and reiterated the sacredness of the sexual act between the spouses which is open to life.

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Vegan challenge

Sir, This has reference to "Pope Francis receives Vegan challenge for Lent" (The Examiner dated Feb 16-22). It is not surprising that the Blue Horizon International Foundation is prepared to donate one million dollars towards charity if our Pope abstains from all animal products during Lent, since becoming a Vegan is catching up in most European countries. Aside from genetics, there is significant evidence that our diet and lifestyle choices greatly impact our chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.