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POPE Francis (pictured above) on Wednesday called for “unanimous condemnation” of extremist attacks in Brussels and elsewhere and urged prayers to convert hearts “blinded by cruel fundamentalism.”

Righteous anger.


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Speaking of anger, it’s easy to detect this aggressive character trait nowadays.

Just turn on your TV or computer on presidential political debates or Twitter messages, either here in the United States or in the Philippines.

I want to share some “angry” quotes, which could be helpful not only to candidates but also to anyone:

“Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One.” (Benjamin Franklin).

“Don’t lose your temper, use it.” (Dolly Parton).

“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” (Paul, Ephesians 4:26).

“When angry, count four, when very angry, swear.” (Mark Twain).

LOL.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Bible, Proverbs 15:1) Right, Donald?

These are angry days in America, and even in the native country.

Where there are political activities, there are angry words.

Although, as often said, the anger doesn’t last long.

In the end, it may turn out into partnerships, and even friendships.

But, it may also end, like in some provinces in the Philippines, in killing one another.

Strange things happen in politics.

With it, anything is possible.

As Winston Churchill said about democracy, “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Right or wrong, most political commentators and observers are pointing their fingers at the way presidential aspirant Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, is carrying out his politics of anger and hate which, according to same people, could have triggered violence in recent Trump meetings.

It has been said that since the time of Washington and Jefferson, there’s always been demagoguery in American politics.

But, never been so low and empty in substance as in this current political season.

“It is both fascinating and horrifying,” said a political pundit over CNN.

The latest Twitter post by Trump this week, threatening to expose (“spill the beans”) on the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz for allegedly using an almost nude modeling photo of Mrs. Melania Trump in a political advertisement which was denied by Sen. Cruz to have come from his camp, prompted another commentator to say that the present politicking had “gone down to the gutter.”

Sen. Cruz replied and said that’s very cowardly of Trump to even think of doing what he Tweeted.

The rise of Donald Trump

A professor at a university in North Carolina did a research on the meteoric rise of Mr. Trump.

According to the teacher, those who support Trump are the ones who were hurt by the American economy during the last recession who are still suffering and haven’t recovered yet and are seeing hope in Trump.

But, we think Trump’s supporters are more than that class.

There are those who are tired of the traditional politicians.

Those who appreciate his seemingly simple and practical approach to problems.

He sounds like a game-changer.

There are also observations that those segments of the population supporting Donald Trump are looking for a kind of strong leader in light of the cruel and ruthless enemies of the state, both from within and without.

(Kind of candidate Duterte in the Philippines?)

Constitutional authoritarianism like Ferdinand Marcos’?

Although, the Americans seem to realize that Mr. Trump’s style is not conducive to peace and stability of the world.

He is seen as too big a risk to sit as president of the United States.

I do.


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An invite to UN Conference on Human Trafficking

Archbishop Bernardito Auza (pictured above), Papal Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, invites Filipinos to attend a UN Conference on “Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.”

It will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 4.

IMPORTANT: A UN Pass is needed to attend.

To request a special events pass or to register for the event, please RSVP at holyseemission.org/rsvpApril7 by April 4.


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Happy Easter to all!

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