BETTING ON THE NEW POPE :
A necessary HISTORICAL background
With well over 90 per cent of the Sri Lankan population
non-Catholic, the election of a new Pope now underway should not be of
much concern to us. But past Popes, especially those of the 15th and
16th centuries had pushed ideologically for the devastation under the
Portuguese of almost all our centres of learning in the 16th and early
17th centuries. The new Pope is being elected when increasingly Western
countries from which Catholicism was transmitted elsewhere, are losing
members. It is in the former colonised world where conversion was mostly
under the sword and coercion that the future of Catholicism now lives.
LIFE IN LONDON -
Beware of immigration racketeers!
Quite often when someone comes to know that I
had lived in the UK, the obvious interest that pops up is to find
out about the possibilities finding some kind of employment in
Britain. No matter to what extent one tries to explain the realities
behind immigration control, and how difficult it is to do so in the
present climate, the penny does not seem to drop almost in all the
cases; Instead there is always the likelihood of being misunderstood
by the enquirer.