12 September: Mary’s Name-Day

mary

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an optional memorial celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church on 12 September. It has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. It was removed from the Church calendar in the liturgical reform following Vatican II but restored by Pope John Paul II in 2002, along with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

In Hebrew, the name Mary is “Miryam”. In Aramaic the language spoken in her own time, the form of the name was “Mariam”. Based on the root “merur”, the name signifies “bitterness”. This is reflected in the words of Naomi, who, after losing a husband and two sons lamented, ” “Do not call me Naomi (‘Sweet’). Call me Mara (‘Bitter’), for the Almighty has made my life very bitter.”

Meanings ascribed to Mary’s name by the early Christian writers and perpetuated by the Greek Fathers include: “Bitter Sea,” “Myrrh of the Sea”, “The Enlightened One,” “The Light Giver,” and especially “Star of the Sea.” Stella Maris was by far the favored interpretation. Jerome suggested the name meant “Lady”, based on the Aramaic “mar” meaning “Lord”.

The shadows of twin towers

twin
I was only 15 when the tragedy of the collapse of the twin towers happened. An event that shook everyone. These were the years when the Internet was spreading, the years when PC technology evolved and mobile phones were just accessories to call. A few years after 2001, especially thanks to the advent of the Internet, many conspiracy theories will come out. A theme that America has accustomed us to, especially with the moon-landing.
Few ruins remain of the disaster, but many shadows …

The Pope’s journey to Africa – Two reflections on his pontificate

popeafrica
POPE in Africa (Madacascar) Photo ANSA

 

In these days the Pope is traveling to Africa.
The program includes visits to three countries: Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. In addition, the Pope will meet young people, authorities and clergy but also AIDS patients and survivors of epidemics. Only another pope had been in Africa: Pope John Paul II in May 1989.

Pope Francis’ journey will last 7 days: from 4 to 10 September!

 

Pontificate

The pontificate of Pope Francis lives all in all with conflicting opinions, although mainly favorable, probably due to his warmer charisma than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

The problem of immigration, which is at the center of politics due to the serious problems of hospitality that Italy has to face every day, puts the pontificate of Pope Francis in serious difficulty, which since the beginning has always supported maximum acceptance without if and without but. A philosophy that many people certainly don’t like.

Beyond the issue of immigration, there is always the problem of pedophilia, which in spite of everything in recent years has spoken little about it, even if the subject is always alive among the people.
I must say that despite the many problems that exist in Italy, Pope Francis has been able to capture the sympathy of the people, confirming the greatness (and at the same time the humility) of his name more in words than in deeds.

The image of the Pope in Italy is completely different from the one he has abroad. It is obvious that in the Latin American countries the popularity of the Pope is out of the question and when there is a journey the Pope gathers millions of faithful.
In Anglo-Saxon countries instead. the Pope’s popularity is minor. Moreover, most of the scandals or investigations into pedophilia come from the Anglo-Saxon countries.

Although the Pope has brought considerable innovation and openness to the church, some reforms have been harshly criticized. For example, changing – albeit slightly – the prayer of the Our Father, was for many disconcerting.

Surely the opening to the Gay or some sex taboos has benefited the church, but probably not enough. The pontificate of Pope John Paul II seems very far away.

Surely the opening to the Gay or some sex taboos has benefited the church, but probably not enough. The pontificate of Pope John Paul II seems very far away. As a tradition, the church always places itself as a stronghold before social and world evolution, to take the distance from possible drifts.

The humanity of Pope Francis is certainly that of having often come into contact with people. Many will always remember the phone calls he made at the homes of the people, who answered almost incredulously.
Judging a pontificate is very difficult. Each era has its socio-political-economic context.

In addition to the problems mentioned above, there are the perennial problems of the thousands of property units owned by the Vatican, which are largely exempt from taxes, and the remaining Vatican has outstanding debts.

 

FACE OF TAIL

tail
2019 Drawing of Pawel Kuczynski

This time it remains difficult to extrapolate a reflection, but I try anyway

Even the dogs have a virtual world, in which the friends sniff each other, probably at the tail.

The virtual world always exists even when we interpret on the street the clothes of a character who does not belong to us. So the dogs created their world with the tail wagging.

If anyone has any better insights, suggest me! Good evening!

The Song -Señorita- of ‘Shawn Mendes’ and ‘Camila Cabello’ reaches 500 million views

The Senorita song can definitely be defined as a historic hit for the summer of 2019 because it reached an incredible 500 million views on youtube.

The song also broke Ariana Grande’s record in streaming, reaching 300 million in the shortest time.

The song also sent fans into raptures for the video accompanying the song, in which the two artists have a love story. Relationship then become reality! Although Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have not yet confirmed that they are together, few doubts remain as they have often shown themselves in tender attitudes and TMZ has also photographed a session of passionate kisses.

Facebook has tested the elimination of the number of likes

like

Most likely a huge news will come for facebook: the elimination of the number of likes, so it will no longer be possible to see the number of likes unless clicking on the post.

This novelty has already been applied to the other Zuckerberg social media: instagram! And it brought great changes because the likes were the first indicative data to know the popularity of a profile.

This novelty is part of a Mark Zuckerberg philosophy project to remove the stress and emotion that brings the number of likes on the social media. The company has not declared any further information and is still not sure what the platform will reserve for its users.

Summer Videogame: CONTROL

control

 

The Control has already been awarded in 2018 as the most awaited video game 2019.

Control is an action-adventure video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by 505 Games. The game revolves around the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a secret U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying phenomena which violate the laws of reality. As Jesse Faden, the Bureau’s new Director, players explore the Oldest House – the FBC’s paranormal New York headquarters – and utilize powerful abilities in order to defeat a deadly enemy known only as the Hiss, which has invaded and corrupted reality.

Released

27 August 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

SUMMER BOOK: Glenn Cooper – The Showstone

theshowstone

Algosh, Iraq, 1989. During an archaeological excavation Hiram Donovan uncovers a piece of meticulously knapped obsidian. Instinct tells him to hide it from others on the dig, so he sends it back to his wife in America with a note: John Dee, British Museum/Scrying stone? Days later Hiram is murdered with it made to look like an accident. But there was a witness..

Release

July 31 2019 (ALL WORD)

SUMMER FILM: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Western television actor Rick Dalton is in decline, and his stand-in Cliff Booth seeks to gain wages and fortune in the film industry at the sunset of Hollywood’s golden age.

Release date
May 21, 2019               (Cannes)
July 26, 2019                (United States)
August 14, 2019           (United Kingdom)

September 18, 2019     (Italy)