Interesting Popes

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Papal coronation of Charles VII in Reims

Papal coronation of King Charles VII of France in Reims

The popes are heads of the Roman Catholic Church and according to Catholic doctrine, the tradition of having popes began with St Peter, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and has continued into the modern era. This article is by no means a criticism of the Catholic Church or its belief system, but a truthful account of the some of the most notorious popes throughout history.

Roman Emperor Constantine

Roman Emperor Constantine

During the early history of the Church, the pontiffs of Rome held no temporal power until the time of Roman Emperor Constantine in the 3rd Century CE. After the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Middle Ages in 476 CE, the popes had fallen under the sway of the powerful sovereigns of the Italian Peninsula. This time became known as the periods of the Ostrogothic Papacy, the Byzantine Papacy and the Frankish Papacy. In time, the papacy held dominion over a section of the Italian peninsula that was henceforth known as the Papal States. This also marked the transition of power from ruling monarchs to powerful Roman families – the Crescentii family and the Tusculum counts – that controlled the papacy during what is called the Saeculum Obscurum or the Dark Ages.

Between 1048-1257 CE, the papacy suffered tremendous strife. Conflict arose between the Catholic churches and the monarchs of both the Holy Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire. This became known as the East-West Schism that culminated with the division of the Western Church which became the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Church which became the Orthodox Church. From 1257-1377 CE, the popes of that period resided in Viterbo, Orvieto, Perugia and Avignon. After Avignon, the pope returned to Rome and this was followed by an internal power struggle known as the Western Schism. This schism caused the Church to be torn into two, and for a period of time included three claimants to the papal throne.

St Peter’s Basilica, the mother church of the Catholic Church right in the heart of the Vatican City.

St Peter’s Basilica, the mother church of the Catholic Church right in the heart of the Vatican City.

After this came the Renaissance Papacy that was known for its rich patronage of grand architecture and the fine arts. They also made headway at consolidating their influence within European power circles, during a period when the popes were bombarded with various theological challenges, threatening their leadership. These hurdles began with the Protestant Reformation, and continued later as the Baroque Popes had to steer the Catholic Church through the Counter-Reformation as well. The Age of Revolution brought about the largest state confiscations of Church wealth during the French Revolution, and its reverberations which swept through Europe. During the Italian Unification, the curtailing of papal power and influence would become known as the Roman Question. These events culminated with the formation of the Vatican City, which is now synonymous with the Roman Catholic Church.

Through these periods of history the Church was led by the various popes, some of whom led interesting or even notorious lives. Below are accounts of some of these figures.

 

Pope Stephen VI – Immortalised by His Grudge

Jean-Paul Laurens’s recreates the Cadaver Synod in this painting

Jean-Paul Laurens’s recreates the Cadaver Synod in this painting

Stephen VI became pontiff in 896 CE and remained in power for only a year. He is considered notorious for holding a tremendous grudge against his predecessor, Pope Formosus. This grudge came to a climax when he ordered Pope Formosus’ rotting corpse to be exhumed, and placed on trial in January 897 CE. This gruesome event has come to be known as the “Cadaver Synod”.

During the trial, he placed the rotting corpse of the previous pontiff on the throne, complete with sacred vestments, and appointed a deacon to answer on behalf of the deceased. The corpse of Pope Formosus was charged with continuing to perform the function of a bishop of Rome, even though he had been deposed; for holding the office of pope while he was actually the bishop of Porto instead of Rome; and many other trumped up charges.

Naturally, the corpse was found to be guilty and stripped of its sacred vestments. A sentence was passed to chop three fingers off the corpse’s right hand, which are typically used by a pope to bestow blessings. The corpse was then clad in the clothes of layman and quickly buried. It was then re-exhumed once again and thrown in the Tiber River. Subsequently, it was declared that all ordinations performed by Pope Formosus were annulled. This infamous trial created a serious uproar throughout the Church.

The actual instigators of this macabre deed may actually have been one of the many enemies that Pope Formosus had, such the House of Spoleto, especially Guy IV of Spoleto. This family had regained the control of Rome at the beginning of 897 CE, by renouncing their border claims in central Italy. However, this whole episode came to an abrupt end with Pope Stephen VI’s imprisonment, after which he was sentenced to death by strangulation that summer.

 

Pope Benedict IX – Grand Seller of the Papal Office

Pope Benedict IX

Benedict IX was pontiff from 1032 to 1044 CE, and then he became pontiff again in 1045 CE, and finally from 1047 to 1048 CE. He is the only man to have served as Pope for three discontinuous periods throughout the history of the church, and became one of the most controversial Popes of all time. In fact, Pope Benedict gave up his papacy for the first time in exchange for a large sum of money in 1044 CE. He returned to power in 1045 CE just to depose his replacement, Pope Sylvester III, and reigned for just one month. He left the office once again, possibly to marry, and then sold the papacy for a second time, this time to Pope Gregory VI, reportedly for over 650 kg or 1,450lb of gold.

Two years after that, Benedict retook his office as Bishop of Rome after the death of Clement II and reigned for an additional year, until 1048. It was said that Poppo of Brixen, who would later be known as Pope Damascus II, eventually evicted Benedict from Rome. Unfortunately, the actual place and date of Benedict’s death are unknown, but some speculate that he may have made further attempts to regain the Papal Throne after his eviction. The life of Pope Benedict is perfectly described by St. Peter Damian as one “feasting on immorality” and “a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest” in the Liber Gomorrhianus, a treatise on papal corruption and sex, in which he accused Benedict IX of routinely practicing homosexuality and bestiality.

 

Pope Sergius III – Papal Murderer & Establisher of the Rule of Harlots

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Sergius III ascended the Papal throne in 897 CE and reigned right up to 911 CE. He is the only pope known to have ordered the murder of another pope, and the only pontiff known to have fathered an illegitimate son, who later became pope. His reign as pope has been described as “dismal and disgraceful” to the Catholic Church.

The pontificate of Sergius III saw the rise of what papal historians call “pornocracy,” which literally means the “rule of the harlots”. This was seen to oppose the very nature of the celibate office according to the Liber Pontificalis, or the “Book of Pontiffs”, a book of biographies of various popes. A later chronicler of the pope’s biographies was also highly critical of Sergius III.

“Pornocracy” was an age in which women held some power. This included Theodora, whom Liutprand, described to be a “shameless whore [who] exercised power on the Roman citizenry like a man” and her daughter, Marozia, the mother of Pope John XI (r. 931 – 935 CE), who was widely reputed to be the mistress of Pope Sergius III.

 

Pope John XII – Desecrated Female Pilgrims & Invoker of Pagan Gods

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John XII was pope from 955 CE right up to 964 CE. In 963, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I summoned a council against John XII, and charged him with serious offences. These included the ordination of a deacon in a stable; the consecration of a 10-year-old boy as Bishop of Todi; the desecration of the Lateran Palace through turning it into a brothel; the rape of female pilgrims in St. Peter’s Basilica; steeling church offerings; toasting drinks to the devil; and invoking the aid of Jove, Venus and other pagan gods whilst dealing with dice.

Consequently, he was deposed but immediately returned to power as pope when Emperor Otto I left Rome. Pope John XII took retribution by maiming and mutilating all those who had opposed him. In 964 CE, he was apparently thrashed by the husband of a woman with whom he was having an affair, and died three days later without even receiving the Catholic confession or the sacrament of last rites.

 

Pope Leo X – Murderer of Cardinals & Merchant of Indulgences

Pope Leo X

Leo X became pope in 1513 CE, and his pontificate lasted until his death in 1521 CE. He was known primarily for the sale of “indulgences” in order to raise funds for the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica, and his rebuttal of Martin Luther’s theses. An “indulgence” at that time was sold as a method to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins after death. According to Catholic belief, it may reduce the punishments during the state or process of purification known as Purgatory, before entering the joy of heaven.

Alexandre Dumas describes that under the pontificate of Leo X, “Christianity assumed a pagan character, which passing from art into manners, gives to this epoch a strange complexion. Crimes for the moment disappeared, to give place to vices; but to charming vices, vices in good taste, such as those indulged in by Alcibiades and sung by Catullus.” Upon being becoming the pope, Leo X told his brother Giuliano, “Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.”

He lead an extravagant lifestyle that offended many including Martin Luther who was already critical of the sale of indulgences, and also some cardinals, who in collusion with Alfonso Petrucci of Siena, attempted to assassinate him. However, Pope Leo X quickly discovered the identity of the conspirators and had them followed. Somehow in the process, the conspirators died of food poisoning. In hindsight, some people have argued that Pope Leo X and his followers most likely fabricated the charges, attempting to extort fines from the various wealthy cardinals that Leo X detested.

 

Pope Alexander VI – Foremost in Libertinism & Nepotism

Pope Alexander VI

Alexander VI ascended the papal throne in 1492 CE until 1503 CE. He would come to be known as one of the most controversial popes of the Renaissance period. His notoriety was partly due to the fact that he openly acknowledged fathering several children with his mistresses. In fact, his Italianised Valencian family name, Borgia, became synonymous with libertinism and nepotism. This is exactly what characterised his rule as the pontiff. It seems that his love of excess inspired two of his successors: the controversial pontiffs Sixtus V and Urban VIII, who both described him as one of the most outstanding popes since St. Peter.

Upon his death, his remains were laid in state for the clergy and people of Rome to pay their last respects. However, his remains were covered with an old tapestry as they had become greatly disfigured due to rapid decomposition. Raphael Volterrano wrote, “It was a revolting scene to look at that deformed, blackened corpse, prodigiously swelled, and exhaling an infectious smell; his lips and nose were covered with brown drivel, his mouth was opened very widely, and his tongue, inflated by poison, fell out upon his chin; therefore no fanatic or devotee dared to kiss his feet or hands, as custom would have required.” The Venetian ambassador said that his remains were “the ugliest, most monstrous and horrible dead body that was ever seen, without any form or likeness of humanity”. However, Ludwig von Pastor explained that the decomposition was “perfectly natural” due to the summer heat.

It was said that the unusual level of decomposition was due to accidental poisoning by his son, Cesare, through the use of cantarella. It was said that they had prepared the poison to eliminate Cardinal Adriano, however Pope Alexander VI was accidentally killed instead. However, some commentaries reject these stories in favour of the official statement, that the pope’s death was due to malaria or another one of the deadly illnesses prevalent in Rome at that time.

 

Pope Innocent IV – Sanctioned Torture as an Instrument of the Inquisition

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Innocent IV was pope from 1243 CE to 1254 CE. The Inquisition was formed during the reign of his predecessor Pope Gregory IX, and this period represents the darkest history of the Roman Catholic Church. During the Inquisition, it was Pope Innocent IV who approved the use of torture to extract confessions of heresy. This was a move which took the Inquisition to new and deadlier heights.

Pope Innocent IV thought of himself as the Vicar of Christ, and that his power was above all earthly kings and princes. Therefore, he forcefully applied the principle that ‘the end justifies the means’ in his decrees. It was his papal approval of torture as a means to extract confessions that brought about the shocking use of cruel and deranged instruments that inflicted suffering on so many innocent people.

Amongst the most famous people to suffer at the hands of the Roman Inquisition was Galileo. The Church condemned Galileo for claiming that the earth revolved around the sun as his radical new ideas challenged their existing views.

 

Pope Urban VI – The Angry Pope

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Urban VI ascended the papal throne from 1378 CE to 1389 CE. He was the first pope during the period of the Western Schism, which was a period of struggle for power that lead to three claimants to the papal throne at the same time.

Upon coming to power, Pope Urban VI was seen to be prone to violent outbursts of rage and was considered arrogant. Consequently, the cardinals who elected him had a change of heart and they decided that it was a wrong decision to elect him. They felt they had acted rashly due to pressure from the Roman mob that demanded a Roman Pope to be elected instead of another French pope at Avignon. French Cardinals invited him to a meeting but he didn’t turn up as he felt that it was a danger to his life and so, they seized the opportunity to denounce him and elected a new pope in his place.

The new pope went by the name of Clement VII and started a second papal court in Avignon, France. Clement VII became the second claimant to the papal throne. This provoked Pope Urban IV and he conceived of new programs of violence and atrocity against those he suspected were conspiring against him. He imprisoned people at whim and tortured them brutally to extract information or confessions. Many of his contemporaries and historians considered him to be insane for his bouts of rage.

The enthronement of the new pope threw the Church into turmoil. As a result, there arose anti-pope factions and also those that favoured either side of the rival claimants to the papacy. This conflict escalated from a problem within the Church into a huge diplomatic crisis that divided Western Europe itself. Secular monarchs at that time had to choose which pope they would hold their allegiance to. Pope Urban IV passed away in 1388 due to injuries after falling from a mule, but his death was not without rumours of poisoning. He was succeeded by Pope Boniface IX who continued the struggle against the French claimant to the papal throne.

The Western schism would only be solved forty years later when all three of the reigning claimants to the papal throne abdicated together, and a successor was elected , Pope Martin V.
Pope John XV

Pope John XV – Merchant Pope who Ran the Papal Office Like a Family Business

John XV was pope from 985 CE to 996 CE. This pope like many others before him had a strong reputation for corruption and nepotism that made him highly unpopular with the Roman citizens. His decrees split the Church’s coffers, mainly between his own relatives, and he was described as “covetous of filthy lucre and corrupt in all his acts.”

 

Pope Clement VII – Brought War to Rome

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Clement VII arose as pope from 1523 CE to 1534 CE. He was the heir to the powerful Medici family and thus, Clement VII was trained to have great political and diplomatic skills. However, he was far removed from the undercurrents of his time that were necessary to deal with the political and religious upheaval that he faced. His diplomatic relationship with Roman Emperor Charles V degenerated to the point that he invaded and sacked the Papal States in May 1527.

Pope Clement VII was defeated, held prisoner, and forced into a humiliating position which forced him to renounce a great deal of secular and religious power. Pope Clement never recovered from his defeat and humiliation. He became severely ill and died in 1534 as a pope that was hated by the Romans for the destruction of the city.

 

Pope Joan: The Legendary Female Pope

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According to popular legend, Pope Joan was a woman who reigned as pope for several years during the Middle Ages. This is in spite of the Roman Catholic clergy being entirely a male dominated establishment. Her story became widespread all over Europe, and was considered a real account for centuries but most modern scholars and historians consider it to be a fictional account.

There are several versions of her life story but most versions maintain that she was a precocious and learned woman who disguised herself as a man, and in some accounts at the behest of a male lover. In the most common accounts, she rose through the Church hierarchy due to her intelligence and political astuteness, eventually being elected as the pope without anyone knowing any better. Unfortunately, her sex was finally revealed when she gave birth during a procession, and she died shortly thereafter. In one account her death was due to murder, and in another, due to natural causes. Accounts maintain that later church processions bypassed this spot, and that the Vatican removed the female pope from its papal history. It is said that this incident caused the Church to develop a ritual to ensure that future popes were male.

The legend held such sway that in the 16th century, Siena Cathedral featured a bust of Joan amongst other male pontiffs but it was removed due to severe protests. The first chronicle of Pope Joan was written by Jean de Mailly around 1250 and it contains the name of this female pope. This would inspire several accounts that would be written in the subsequent years thereafter. However, the most popular and influential version of this female pope would arise in the work of Martin of Opava entitled Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum. In his work, Martin introduced details like the female pope’s birth name as John Anglicus of Mainz along with details such as the time of her reign in the 9th century, and that she entered the Church in order to follow her lover.

Right up to the 16th century, this legend was universally accepted as true until debate arose amongst both Catholic and Protestant scholars that brought the story into the spotlight. Many scholars of that period noted the inexplicably long gap between Joan’s lifetime and her first appearance in texts. Consequently, Pope Joan is now widely accepted to be fictional character although the legend remains influential in art, literature, drama, and film.

This statue still stands in Rome of Pope Joan with a papal crown

This statue still stands in Rome of Pope Joan with a papal crown

 

Pope Joan the Woman Pope

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Pope Joan – movie trailer (2009)

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Conclusion

The stories of these popes are based on accounts that were recorded down by various parties throughout history. These accounts may or may not have been biased against these religious leaders but they were certainly based on an inkling of truth. In conclusion, there are religious leaders that took political means to secure their power and there are religious leader who would flout centuries old practices in order to gain gratification. Whatever it is, their actions have far-reaching effects on the religious institution as a whole today. It is commendable that many adherents today would not look towards the actions of these few ‘wayward’ leaders and choose to maintain their faith. After all, faith is a personal experience with the divine.

[ Disclaimer: This article does not represent the Christian faith nor does it reflect the leadership of the Christian church. In fact, there were many popes throughout history that were saintly men who were greatly beneficial and inspirational to the Church and to many ordinary Christians out there. ]

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world. The history of Popes is very complex and long as religion is an integral part of human existence. Through the history of the Church , each of the Popes has an interesting lives stories. Such as Paul IV is best known for his horrific acts of anti-Semitism, Alexander VI who bought his way into the papacy and had a rollicking sex life and Benedict IX was a three-time pope described as “a demon from hell.” Interesting read of the Popes ‘s history.
    The world cannot have peace till countries and people begin to reduce their selfish desires for more. No religion preaches violence and we accept all religions as true. Religion should not be mixed with politics , when the two are mixed, the results are bound to be disastrous and will definitely cause political unrest, disharmony and so forth. , Religious leaders and political leaders should play a leading role in maintaining peace and harmony.
    Thank you, Pastor David, for this interesting article.

  2. Julia Tan on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The real saints will use their power and wealth influence people and benefits them but most of the people will use their power and influential to benefit themselves. Some people say this is human nature. No one we can actually trust.

    But first who allow these people to have power? Who allow these people to take control of our lives? Who allow ourselves to follow the evil blindly? We can also have a strong mind but commit in good, and practice compassion and wisdom. We don’t have to let others control our minds to so bad. We do not have to follow the evil deeds.

    We do have our karma to deal with but we are not animals, we can think. Which way to go, we decide. Why religion can control the worshipers’ mind? Only if u let them.

  3. nicholas on Feb 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Religion or spirituality is supposed to help us to be a better person. But when people take advantage using religion/spirituality for their greed and desire, that’s where it turn the good to bad. Coming to think about it, why people use religion to control people, personally I believe that spirituality has shown how it able to bring one to a live their life in a right way, to achieve happiness and peace. The spiritual leader is the key to guide the people to achieve it and people respect, believe and had much hope towards the spiritual guide.

    The power hunger people see this and look at it as an opportunity to use spirituality to conquer the people’s mind and faith. This how bad it can be when spirituality being use in politics and the result will only be negative.

    Bottom line, spiritual can never mix with politic. Spirituality is to guide us to liberate from suffering eventually and not add more attachment into our daily life. A great leader should respect spirituality and give peace and freedom for their practices. Should never mix spirituality in any of political agenda. Encourage their people to be a better person through spirituality practice and give back to the society through social program to benefit more people regardless of any religions. Respect is the way to achieve harmony and peace.

  4. Pastor Chia on Feb 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Religion is powerful tool use by human to subdue people mind to follow their wish by using the god name. From the pass history of religion, people has misuse the truth meaning of religion name to control people. This is totally opposite having the religion purpose to seek for refuge and protection.

    Spiritul leader around the world should alway teach the truth meaning of religion, create harmony and compassion around them who follow the same path and bring peace for the world.

  5. June Kang on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Religion can be a way for people to seek reassurance, refuge, calm and peace of mind in the face of life’s danger and unpredictability. In this regards, some leaders will take this opportunity to use religion as a tool to control their people for their own benefit. World peace is when leaders use religion as a tool to benefit everyone and to bring peace and happiness to everyone..

  6. Mingwen on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Being a leader in any field, this individual should, must have gain trust from the others & consider able to lead the group to a better condition. For a newbie, he/she would make mistakes & wrong decisions at times, but all these failures will transform into experience & ultimately wisdom.

    If a leader always think to benefit his/her group of people, he/she will definetely become a good leader. If he/she place personal gains as priority, then he/she do not deserve to be a leader & respected.

  7. Tek Lee on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:44 am

    It is really shame to see that how human mind think and how they behave, even from ancient time until now. Religion is just a title given by human. What the teaching inside is the real essence to our practice. But human beings abused it. They made rules using the name of religions. They put pressure on their people using the name of religions. This is just no difference from what CTA is doing. They manipulate their people using the name of religion, until all their people are afraid of Dorje Shugden even by just hearing his name. Discriminate and segregate Dorje Shugden practitioners just because their leader say so. Surprisingly this kind of thinking is handed down until now. Modern era, where people mind and thinking should be more open. Sadly, it is not.

  8. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Humans created the word religion. Some of these humans use religion to invade and take control of other countries and the people; to be in power and to make money from it. These opportunists use whatever excuses to shift their weaknesses and ill gains from themselves to other people and circumstances, some even blame them on their gods when they got caught. When things go right, they praise their gods, to reaffirm other people’s faith so that they may continue to milk the followers of their money and have control over their mind. All in the name of religion. As long as humans mind do not improve, religion will remain as one of the main tools in politics.

  9. Justin Cheah on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 am

    It’s scary to see how people buy into these so called “leaders” and their distorted propagandas even in cases where it’s very clear cut such as what Is happening in these modern days such as the Tibetan leadership. People need to wake up from their blind faith and start analysing what is right and wrong and not following them blindly.

  10. Andrea Lai on Feb 26, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Regardless of any faiths or believes, religion thought us to be a better, helpful and compassionate. This article, gives me a similar thought of the Tibetan government in exile which uses religion to control and eventually lead to politics and corruption. Religion is also personal freedom choices for any races or genitals. Truly sad, sexism had been generated since then or before the time but such discrimination still going on until today. Without women, will there’s productivity of mankind in this world? 🤔

  11. Vivian Ong on Feb 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    What I can summarize after reading this article is that the Popes are misusing their rights as a leader of certain churches. This is not the right attitude of a spiritual leader in any religion. A spiritual leader should be busy spreading the teachings and not get into worldly affair like politics, war and etc. I think both female and male should be given the equal chance to be spiritual leader if they are capable.

  12. pammie yap on Feb 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    It’s sad to know that some religions use their power and create so many problems. Religion shouldn’t be forced upon and those who do not obey suffer the consequences.
    Because of Dorje Shugden’s ban, CTA created discrimination, segregation, Tibetans forced to obey or shunned upon. Spirituality is a personal journey. It should not be something that someone tell you to do and you must do it. One cannot just follow blindly without learning or understanding the logic. Always check and learn before having wrong views on anything.
    Learn more about Dorje Shugden’s unjust ban here https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html

  13. Datuk May on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Reading this very interesting article made me think of a phrase which goes like this IT IS THE SINGER NOT THE SONG. In these instances of wayward popes, it was only the position that did wrong and not the Catholic doctrine. Having said that and to support what came to my mind, if the Pope was upright and outstanding then the Catholic doctrine is well taught.

    It is my opinion that all religions teach people to be good, kind and compassionate. However, for those awkward persons who rose to the highest level of the rank of the religions, it is not nice to indulge in ways that go against the tenets of the religions of “goodness”.

    Although this article is based on the Catholic church, it cannot be doubted that people of such unbecoming nature exists in other religions. This is the cause where religions can become fanatical and do no good.

    In conclusion what I have noticed is that whatever these religious leaders had done harmfully to the tenets of the religious doctrines, the religions survive due to the “goodness” they teach.

  14. Anne Ong on Jul 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Really interesting article,Pastor David. What caught my attention and interest was this female Pope. Never knew or expected there to be one. Very interesting history about Pope joan. Impressive! Thank you Pastor David for this nice write up 🙂

  15. wan wai meng on Jun 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    The leader of any faith, can either benefit many beings or hurt their devotees. Like how Spiderman says it, with great power comes great responsibilities. I feel that for any devotees of any faith one must know, the thinking and rationale behind it, so if people order us to do something not appropriate we can think for ourselves what is beneficial and what is not.

  16. Stella Cheang on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you, Pastor David, for this informative article that opens our eyes to the history and line of successions of the Catholic faith. I am not qualified to comment on the faith of others. Therefore, we can take it as learning. We must take note of the particular set of actions/leadership/decrees that had caused adverse consequences; hence we must make a mental note to avoid or look out for it.

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  • Chris
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Henry, for sharing this important message. There are a lot of suffering and killings happens behind walls that people are too ignorant to find out. Killings are very common and in fact, it is a necessary part of the whole industry to produce meat that most people loves. Little did they know where and how did the meat come from.

    For us to have the meat, an animal will have to be butchered. There are plenty of suffering right from the moment where the animal is born. Usually, they will be separated from their mothers and start living in small and cramp places. Then, they will be fed an unnatural diet with plenty of growth hormones.

    When they are in good size, the animals will be butchered mercilessly without sympathy. This is the life of a farm animal. So much of suffering and pain created just for the sake of us filling our hungry stomach.

    http://bit.ly/2KhtK9G
  • m.priyaa
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 06:44 PM
    நன்றி ரின்போச்சே அவா்கேள இந்த தினத்தை பற்றி விழக்கியதற்க்கு.மலேசியாவில் விசாக தினம் ஒரு பொது விடுமுறையாக பிரகடனம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.விசாக் என்றும் அழைக்கப்படும் விசாக தினமானது, சாக்கியமுனி புத்தரின் வாழ்க்கை வரலாற்றில் மூன்று முக்கிய நிகழ்வுகளான அவருடைய பிறப்பு, 35-ஆவது வயதில் ஞானம் பெற்றது மற்றும் 80-ஆவது வயதில் உலகை விட்டு மறைந்தது ஆகியவற்றை பௌத்தர்கள் நினைவுகூர்ந்து கொண்டாடும் நாள் ஆகும்.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 04:51 PM
    The Peace book teaches us the truth that we need very badly. In our daily life, so many things draw us away from the truth, by entertainment, shopping, and so on.Harmony, love, care and forgiveness is what we need to practice day after day so that it becomes natural with time.
    One thing good is that nothing is permanent, not even our deluded mind and we all have a choice we can make each and every day when we wake up. We can choose to be positive and negative and the path we take for that day creates positive or negative circumstances in the future.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Xa6dMT
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:55 PM
    Beautiful underwater restaurant in the Maldives called ‘Ithaa’, and it is built 5 meters (16 feet) below sea level making it completely submerged in the sea. The acrylic view allows the restaurant diners to have a 180-degree panoramic view of the sea.

    This is the world’s first underwater restaurant. It is highly popular but is only able to host 14 people at one time, so diners are advised to make a booking 14 days in advance.

    The concept is really unique. The structure was conceptualized in New Zealand, and built in Singapore. After construction, it was shipped over to Maldives where the restaurant currently is. It really is amazing how engineers and architects can create such magnificent structures. There really are no limitations to creating something from our imagination… Do have a look at the beautiful pictures of the underwater restaurant at http://bit.ly/2CD9L0P
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:45 PM
    Beautiful Buddha standing at ‘Husain Sagar’ lake, in India.

    It is a lake in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It was 5.7 square kilometres built on a tributary of the River Musi to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city. There is a large monolithic statue of the Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake which was erected in 1992.

    In another source: Buddha Statue of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Between 1983 and 1989, N. T. Rama Rao served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. During his tenure, he spent large sums to erect several statues of people from the region’s political and religious history. During his visit to New York, he saw the Statue of Liberty and was inspired by the efforts to restore it. He said “I wanted something like that… That would have been my contribution to society.” Rama Rao chose to depict Gautama Buddha because “he was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people. It is our pride.”

    Read and check out the pictures at http://bit.ly/2QhIIQH
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:39 PM
    Oprah Winfrey and some of her staff recently took on a challenge… to go vegan for one week!

    For seven days, Oprah and her members of staff decided to go without meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese etc… basically any product or by-product that comes from an animal. The charge was led by New York Times best-selling author Kathy Freston, who has sworn by a vegan lifestyle for seven years now.

    She said that “Everyone [at Harpo] was so excited and interested in it. I think knowing that it can be such a game-changer — that it can really affect you in your body and your spirit — I think so many people were just excited to give it a whirl.”

    In order for meat to arrive at our dinner plates, IT HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. In this case, animals have to be slaughtered and killed. It’s worse when the animal is mistreated right up to the point of death…

    We can’t always turn a blind eye to where our meat comes from… it comes from the blood and life of another being that is NOT WILLING to give it up just so that we can pleasure our tastebuds.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2pifUMY
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:26 PM
    Narrated by and starring Sir Paul McCartney, PETA’s shocking new video takes its inspiration from the most well-known quote in the animal rights movement and offers a brief glimpse behind the walls of slaughterhouses, factory farms, live-animal transport and the fishing industry.

    By teaming up with PETA to produce the powerful video – titled, “Glass Walls” – Sir Paul is helping to uncover the horrific abuse that the meat and dairy industries inflict on animals to provide consumers with cheap burgers, nuggets and other products. He also explains the massive cost to the environment for which the meat industry is directly responsible.

    Billions of individual animals are violently killed for their flesh every year – whilst others spend almost their entire lives confined in filthy, cramped conditions, where they are forced to produce seemingly endless supplies of eggs or gallons of milk.

    Narrated by and starring Sir Paul McCartney, PETA’s shocking new video takes its inspiration from the most well-known quote in the animal rights movement and offers a brief glimpse behind the walls of slaughterhouses, factory farms, live-animal transport and the fishing industry.

    By teaming up with PETA to produce the powerful video – titled, “Glass Walls” – Sir Paul is helping to uncover the horrific abuse that the meat and dairy industries inflict on animals to provide consumers with cheap burgers, nuggets and other products. He also explains the massive cost to the environment for which the meat industry is directly responsible.

    Billions of individual animals are violently killed for their flesh every year – whilst others spend almost their entire lives confined in filthy, cramped conditions, where they are forced to produce seemingly endless supplies of eggs or gallons of milk.

    Watch the video here at http://bit.ly/2XbaYGj
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:21 PM
    The concept of a meatless diet may be a hard sell for many athletes and their fans. The demands of strenuous activity necessary for games/matches or regular practices may require as many as 6,000 calories and 200 grams of protein daily depending upon the player and his or her sport. How can famous vegetarian athletes possibly meet that need without eating meat?

    While plant-based diets have been proven to help reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as speed along the repair of torn muscles and tendons and improve blood and oxygen flow, some still emphasize the difficulty vegetarian/vegan athletes face when attempting to reach their athletic goals. NFL Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan explains that reaching the massive caloric and protein intake levels necessary is easier for some players to reach by eating protein-dense, higher calorie animal foods. However, the body itself more easily processes grains, veggies, legumes and fruit into energy. The only problem, according to Dulan, is that it takes a LOT of the latter foods to fuel NFL player body demands—as well as strict vigilance about the nutrients they’re consuming. Quinoa, beans, hemp, nuts, seeds and vegetarian/vegan protein shakes can help these famous vegetarian athletes meet their needs.

    Let’s meet some famous athletes who’ve gone meatless despite the naysayers and find out how it’s working for these vegetarian athletes at http://bit.ly/2CFdBqi
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 01:56 PM
    Most of us has taken it for granted that we have a connection with Dharma, let a lone met a qualified teacher. When we have met a qualified teacher, we must not let go of the teacher because we are not sure when we will meet a qualified teacher to have him guide us in our spiritual journey. In order to be connected to our teacher and the three Jewels not only in this life but all of our future life times, we must take the opportunity to make offerings and do the practice. Sometimes, our negative karma is so strong that we cannot see the truth, but have faith in our teacher and follow his instruction without having a doubt. When we have purified our negative karma and collected enough merits, we will have the realisation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/in-the-presence-of-manjushri.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:27 PM
    There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse. Chances are given only once I do believe. If there is, it will be a miracle or considered you are truly lucky. Once you lose it , there is no turning back. One always have a choice and chance, grab it when opportunity come or else it will be too late. Having it , appreciate it once for all before our time is out. Learning , practicing Dharma is the best choice
    I have chosen even though I started late. Its never too late after all ,I found Tsem Rinpoche’s blog and since then it have changed my life.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/are-you-static.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful inspirational quote. Everything is from within ourselves. We gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which we come across. Courage is knowing what not to fear. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.
    We practice compassion, kindness , caring and respect each other in whatever situation, turning negatives to positive.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/34504.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:25 PM
    Timely advice for us. We have little control over the circumstances around us. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing it. Live our life with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. Our time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life . Engage in those essential activities such as learning and practicing Dharma that will give us true purpose, clarity, and meaningful in life. All of us are worthy if we transform ourselves, turning negatives to positives, laziness to working hard towards our goal in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-%20%20worthy-words/u-are-worth-it.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 08:27 PM
    The Miraculous White Tara of the Majapahit Empire

    Supriyono lived in a village in Indonesia’s East Java Province. In early October 2011, he dreamt of a bluish-red dragon surrounding his village before it finally dived into an old well. Supriyono took the dream as a sign and located the old well in the Brahu Temple complex in the Trowulan sub-district of East Java Province.

    Read about the miracles of this White Tara statue: http://bit.ly/WhiteTaraStatue
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 08:00 PM
    Tales with My Lama: A Snapshot of Rinpoche’s Room

    Tsem Rinpoche had always been a private person and his bedroom was basically his personal domain. However, as a lama or a spiritual guide, Rinpoche would allow a number of his students and friends to intrude upon his personal space for gatherings, meetings and sometimes just to talk or watch a movie on his computer. Many people are probably curious about what Rinpoche’s room looks like and would perhaps like a snapshot that reveals a little bit more of Rinpoche’s world.

    Join Pastor David in his sharing of his direct experiences with Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/RinpocheRoom
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Nov 12. 2019 07:52 PM
    Postcard from Raymond: “Monk’s Posture”

    To some, it may just look like a photograph of people sleeping on a fast-moving train in China, but it has deep significance. Sprawled around in the picture are men, women and children sleeping, but what is remarkable is the beautiful Chinese Mahayana monk, sitting crossed-legged in meditation posture with his head slightly bent.

    Find out what sparked Rinpoche’s sharing: http://bit.ly/MonkPosture

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
6 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
6 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
6 months ago
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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