What? Petrol pumps in eight states to be shut on Sundays from May 14. Ouch!


Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states & UTs will remain shut every Sunday on account of PM Modi’s call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ agency said on Tuesday. The states/UTs are TN, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana.

PTI | Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 01.54 AM IST

 
  • The states/UTs are TN, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana
  • It was during a recent episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ that the PM issued a call to conserve oil to save the environment

The consortium of Indian petroleum dealers said the decision was made in view of the PM's call during his recent 'Mann ki baat' programme to conserve oil.The consortium of Indian petroleum dealers said the decision was made in view of the PM’s call during his rece… Read More

CHENNAI: Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states will be shut every Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ body said here today.

“We had planned to shut our outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider our decision. Now we have decided to shut the outlets on Sundays,” said Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers.

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Wonder who comes up with such moronic ideas. India will remain forever a “developing nation.
He said the association’s decision was made in view of the Prime Minister’s call during his recent ‘Mann ki baat’ programme to conserve oil to save the environment.Kumar, also the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, said nearly 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14.

“In Tamil Nadu, we expect a business loss of Rs 150 crore if we do not operate on a Sunday. But we have been seeing a decline in sales on Sundays by upto 40 per cent,” he said.Asked if the association’s decision was supported by the OMCs, he said, “We will communicate our decision to them shortly.”

Kumar said the fuel outlets which normally have about 15 staff each would have one staff member on the holidays to provide fuel if there was an emergency situation.On the issue of OMCs hiking the margins to petroleum outlets, he said the association was discussing it and would soon make an announcement in this regard.”That struggle is going on. We are meeting our association members shortly. We will announce our decision soon,” he said.

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Pope approves provisions to recognize marriages of SSPX faithful


| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 5, 2017 |

Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities.

A letter published by the Vatican April 4 said the pope will allow Catholic bishops to appoint priests to assist at SSPX marriages and formally receive the consent of the couples. The nuptial Mass then would be celebrated by the SSPX priest.

In addition, Pope Francis gave bishops the option of granting an SSPX priest the necessary faculties to officiate validly over the marriage rite “if there are no priests in the diocese” available to do so.

The provisions are meant to ensure the validity of the sacrament and “allay any concerns on the part of the faithful,” said the letter published by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” which is responsible for the Vatican’s ongoing talks with the Society of St. Pius X.

The commission is led by German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who signed the letter March 27.

For decades, the Vatican and leaders of the traditionalist society, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, have been seeking a way to fully reintegrate the members of the society back into the life of the Catholic Church.

During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis made special provisions to recognize as valid the absolution offered by SSPX priests through the sacrament of confession. After the Holy Year ended, the pope extended that provision “lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the church’s pardon.”

Pope Francis met in April 2016 with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society. The meeting seemed to signal progress in reconciling the group with the church.

“Despite the objective persistence of the canonical irregularity in which, for the time being, the Society of St. Pius X finds itself,” the commission said in its new letter, the provisions approved by the pope on marriages should alleviate “any uneasiness of conscience on the part of the faithful regarding the validity of the sacrament of marriage.”

The commission also said it relied on the cooperation of the church’s bishops to ensure that “the process toward full institutional regularization may be facilitated” between the church and the traditionalist society.

In a statement released the same day, the society said it was grateful to the pope for his “pastoral solicitude” so that “all the faithful who want to marry in the presence of a priest of the Society of St. Pius X can do so without any worries about the validity of the sacrament.”

“The priests of the Society of St. Pius X will strive faithfully, as they have done since their ordination, to prepare future spouses for marriage according to the unchangeable doctrine of Christ about the unity and indissolubility of this union before receiving the parties’ consent in the traditional rite of the holy church,” the society said.

Vatican talks with the society began under St. John Paul II and continued throughout the papacy of now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.

St. John Paul had excommunicated Bishop Fellay and other leaders of the society in 1988 when they were ordained without papal permission by Archbishop Lefebvre, who died in 1991. Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications in 2009, opening the way for more regular talks.

The talks have focused particularly on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and especially its documents on religious liberty, ecumenism, liturgy and relations with other religions.

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ONCE A PRIEST, ALWAYS A PRIEST


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

ONCE A PRIEST, ALWAYS A PRIEST

A young man had a vocation to the priesthood, so his bishop sent him to study in Rome. After being duly ordained priest and serving in the diocese, his bishop sent him to Rome again for further study. While there he used to visit a small church to say his office and to pray. At the door sat a group of beggars seeking alms, and one of them made him feel uneasy for some inexplicable reason. So he went back to him and asked, “Do I know you?” “Yes,” said the beggar, “I studied for the priesthood with you here in Rome and was ordained.”

The priest asked aghast, “Whatever happened to you?” He was told: “I encountered crisis after crisis in my life and eventually renounced the priesthood. I had my priestly faculties taken from me. I lost everything and am reduced to begging.” The priest could not forget the beggar and prayed constantly for him. The study course he was attending was drawing to an end and the students were invited to receive individual blessings from Pope John Paul II. They were forbidden to speak to him personally, but as the priest knelt to receive the blessing, his mind was so full of the beggar that he blurted out, “Holy Father, please pray for X who sits begging outside a church in Rome. He was ordained priest, but has resigned and his priestly faculties were removed.” He hardly had time to finish as he was hustled away by indignant attendants. A few days later the priest received an invitation and he hurried to the church and found the beggar. “Come quickly,” he said, “We are to dine with the Pope.” “Impossible,” replied the beggar, “How could I visit him in this state?” The priest helped him to tidy up and they entered by the great gates of St. Peter’s, where they were met by Monsignor Dziwisz, the Polish secretary to the Pope. He conducted them to the dining room where His Holiness awaited them. After introductions, they sat down to a lovely meal. During dessert, the Pope signaled to his secretary who rose, and beckoning to the priest to follow him, left the room. After about 15 minutes the Pope called them in again. Nothing was said about what happened in their absence. As they crossed St. Peter’s Square, the priest, overcome with curiosity, asked the beggar eagerly what transpired while he was out of the room. The beggar related that when they were alone, the Holy Father turned to him and said, “Father, please hear my confession.” In great confusion and distress he replied, “I cannot do that. I am no longer a priest.” The Pope looked at him with loving compassion. Then he raised his right hand and wagging his finger he said, “ONCE A PRIEST, ALWAYS A PRIEST.” After a long pause, he continued, “As Bishop of Rome and Head of the Catholic Church, I could restore your priestly faculties to you…but you would have to ask.” The beggar, overwhelmed and close to tears, said simply, “Please, Holy Father…” Then the Pope heard his confession and restored his priesthood to him. Afterwards (John Paul) repeated his original request and he heard the Pope’s confession. After a pause for prayers and meditation, John Paul said: “When you leave here, I want you to go to the church where you have been begging and seek out the parish priest. I am appointing you curate in that parish, with special responsibility for the beggars who seek alms at the church door.” This article, titled “Once A Priest, Always a Priest,” was written by Kitty D’Encer in Sicut Parvuli, Winter, 2006. It is a true story.

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Hong Kong bid makes Gay Olympics cut.


(Fr. Orthohippo –  Somehow I missed that there was a Gay Olympics. Huh. I thought today’s Olympics had no restrictions against gays.)

Successful bid could mean estimated HK$1 billion economic boost from giant international sport and cultural event

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 9:36am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 11:26pm

Hong Kong is to join Guadalajara in Mexico and Washington DC in the United States in contesting for the right to host the “gay Olympics” after making the final shortlist for the 2022 event.

Ahead of the announcement in November, a delegation from the Federation of Gay Games, the guardians of the quadrennial sports and cultural festival, will arrive in May to conduct a site visit to assess Hong Kong’s feasibility as a host city.

In the autumn, the bid team will head to Paris, hosts of the 2018 games, to make its final pitch in front of the federation’s delegates.

Organisers hope that bringing the games to Hong Kong will challenge the stigma and cultural barriers faced by LGBT groups across the region. Their case is strengthened by the fact that no Asian city has hosted the games since their inception in 1982.

“Hong Kong is the perfect city to represent Asia,” Dennis Philipse, co-chair of the Hong Kong bid team, said. “Asia is home to an estimated 221 million LGBT+ people, but also where there is an ongoing struggle to overcome homophobia and gain acceptance.”

The bid has received backing from the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Tourism Board and father of Lan Kwai Fong and entrepreneur Allan Zeman.

The city would receive a boost to the tune of HK$1 billion, due to the 15,000 athletes estimated to participate and the 40,000 visitors expected to attend.

The city’s pitch for the games features 36 events including local favourites trail running and dragon boat racing alongside traditional track and field events. Taking advantage of existing facilities, the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, Victoria Park swimming pool, and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal are all listed as key venues.

The 2022 games would not require taxpayer funding, instead supported through corporate sponsorship, private donors and generated revenue.

Bid team co-chair Benita Chick said: “The Gay Games is much more diverse than an ‘Olympics’ per se as it is also a ­festival that includes arts and ­culture and a conference.”

“The mission is to further promote diversity and inclusion by welcoming participants regardless of their ability.”

First hosted in San Francisco in 1982, the Gay Games went on to become the largest global sport and cultural gathering open to all, regardless of ability, age, sexual orientation, race, gender, nationality, political or religious beliefs, ethnic origin or HIV status.

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ROME Pope Francis called out Christians in a sermon Thursday,


Pope Francis suggested it would be better to be an atheist than to lead a double life, exploit people or manage a greedy business.   “So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others,” Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, CNN reported, quoting Vatican Radio. “How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — ‘But to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that: scandal.”   “But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another.” The Vatican later issued a note clarifying that the pontiff was simply saying that God’s grace is free to all, even atheists, CNN reported. Francis’ sermon was an extension of Thursday’s Mass readings, which include a passage from the Gospel of Mark. In it, Jesus says it is better to be drowned than to cause others to sin. Drawing on that passage, Francis gave a blunt example. He said he imagined a wealthy Christian knocking at the gates of heaven and saying, “Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this … Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?” To which Jesus may reply, according to Francis: “Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.’ That will be Jesus’ response to these scandalous people who live a double life.” It is not the first time Francis has referenced atheists. In 2013, he said that heaven is open, potentially, to all people. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” he said. “‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone

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A lesson in bad manners from the University of Hong Kong

An undignified public feud between two top officials is a poor reflection on our top seat of learning, but sadly typical of our divided society

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 January, 2017, 2:27am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 January, 2017, 2:27am

Alex Lo
24 Jan 2017

The internet and politics bring out the worst in people. Consider the latest public spat at the University of Hong Kong between council chairman Arthur Li Kwok-cheung and William Cheung Sing-wai, head of the Academic Staff Association.

A fine example these two academic leaders have offered their students in manners and etiquette! Or is it that they are taking after their own rebellious and insolent pupils? Either way, it does not reflect well on Hong Kong’s oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning.

In an open email exchange, Cheung accused Li of being “a liar” for failing to deliver a review of governance standards at the university, and said he should quit as a favour to everyone. Despite Cheung’s rudeness, Li might have taken the initiative to clarify whether or not he planned to deliver the review. Instead, he fired back a sarcastic reply in which he implied Cheung had “no intelligence or rationality”.

“After all, stupidity has no cure,” he wrote.

Cheung wrote back, suggesting Li himself suffered from the incurable condition and would make sure everyone knew about it.

Chairman of the HKU Academic Staff Association Dr William Cheung Sing-wai have made his disapproval of Authur Li very public. Photo: Nora Tam

Not long ago, such expressions of contempt among scholarly gentlemen would have been communicated behind closed doors. What is disturbing is the casual manner in which two academic leaders openly exchanged mutual disdain for all their staff and students to see. That’s something you usually associate with trolls in internet forums. But then, that is characteristic of political discourse in Hong Kong these days, and radical HKU students have been at the forefront of localist politics.

It’s now perfectly okay to express raw feelings and hate, unmediated by rational considerations, in the legislature, in public forums and on television.

That is perhaps to be expected given the bitterly divided state of our society. Our political conflicts have become so nasty and intractable that any once-held standards of social behaviour and tolerable opinion have been thrown out of the window. Civility is only possible when we all implicitly acknowledge social and political norms.

Nowadays, those very norms are being contested.

Still we expect our political and academic leaders to behave themselves – or at least show more wit when they insult each other.

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Some Pacific Islanders Have DNA Not Linked To Any Known Human Ancestor


By Michael Gardiner on February 10, 2017

Researchers have now uncovered the DNA of a previously unknown group of hominids.

Papua New Guinea

Most everyone knows that the islands of the South Pacific are some of the most remote and unique places on Earth, but a new study reveals just how unique they really are.

According to a report from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, researchers have found traces of a previously unknown extinct hominid species in the DNA of the Melanesians, a group living in an area northeast of Australia that encompasses Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands.

A computer analysis suggests that the unidentified ancestral hominid species found in Melanesian DNA is unlikely to be either Neanderthal or Denisovan, the two known predecessors of humankind to this point.

Archaeologists have found many Neanderthal fossils in Europe and Asia, and although the only Denisovan DNA comes from a finger bone and a couple of teeth discovered in a Siberian cave, both species are well represented in the fossil record.

But now genetic modeling of the Melanesians has revealed a third, different human ancestor that may be an extinct, distinct cousin of the Neanderthals.

“We’re missing a population, or we’re misunderstanding something about the relationships,” researcher Ryan Bohlender told Science News. “Human history is a lot more complicated than we thought it was.”

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HomePoliticsIran Shows Support To Anti-Trump Protests Iran Shows Support To Anti-Trump Protests ConsPatriot February 10, 2017 Iranians commending the Islamic Revolution of 1979 held signs praising against Trump dissidents amid the yearly encourages in Tehran, The Washington Post reports. The signs at the encourages are allegedly affirmed by government authorities, flagging the administration’s support. One such sign read, “Americans are welcome and welcomed to visit Iran,” and another read, “because of American individuals for supporting Muslims.” Iran’s leader said the social affair swarm communicated something specific that the U.S. necessities to “address the Iranian country with deference.” The exhibits likewise included smoldering American banners, individuals droning “passing to America” in Farsi, and blazed President Donald Trump in representation. “America and Trump can’t do a damn thing. We are prepared to give up our lives for our pioneer,” a young fellow disclosed to Iranian state TV, reported Daily Caller. Iran is incorporated into Trump’s impermanent suspension of movement from seven nations recognized by his Oval Office forerunner as potential wellsprings of psychological oppressor dangers to the U.S. The movement suspension started far reaching challenges crosswise over airplane terminals in the U.S. also, outside the White House. Trump has taken a harder line position on Iran than previous President Barack Obama. Trump required overwhelming assents against the Islamic republic on Feb. 3, after the nation led a ballistic rocket test infringing upon an UN determination. Trump has likewise censured the past organization for seeking after the 2015 atomic arrangement, which he accepts encouraged the nation’s forceful conduct.


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Iran Shows Support To Anti-Trump Protests

Iranians commending the Islamic Revolution of 1979 held signs praising against Trump dissidents amid the yearly encourages in Tehran, The Washington Post reports.

The signs at the encourages are allegedly affirmed by government authorities, flagging the administration’s support. One such sign read, “Americans are welcome and welcomed to visit Iran,” and another read, “because of American individuals for supporting Muslims.” Iran’s leader said the social affair swarm communicated something specific that the U.S. necessities to “address the Iranian country with deference.”

The exhibits likewise included smoldering American banners, individuals droning “passing to America” in Farsi, and blazed President Donald Trump in representation. “America and Trump can’t do a damn thing. We are prepared to give up our lives for our pioneer,” a young fellow disclosed to Iranian state TV, reported Daily Caller.

Iran is incorporated into Trump’s impermanent suspension of movement from seven nations recognized by his Oval Office forerunner as potential wellsprings of psychological oppressor dangers to the U.S. The movement suspension started far reaching challenges crosswise over airplane terminals in the U.S. also, outside the White House.

Trump has taken a harder line position on Iran than previous President Barack Obama. Trump required overwhelming assents against the Islamic republic on Feb. 3, after the nation led a ballistic rocket test infringing upon an UN determination. Trump has likewise censured the past organization for seeking after the 2015 atomic arrangement, which he accepts encouraged the nation’s forceful conduct.

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