It is believed that a medium from the Philippines has recently visited Catholics in Singapore with the intent of exercising her practice. She is said to diagnose and cure the sick of their illnesses when she is in a state of integration with the "Santo Nino". The name Santo Nino – "Holy Child", refers to the Infant Jesus as He is popularly known in Spanish-speaking countries and the Philippines.
The practice of inviting the "Santo Nino" or any spiritual entity, including those believed to be Catholic religious figures such as saints or members of the Holy Trinity, to take control of a person's body, is not consistent with Catholic teaching. This refers to a situation in which the spiritual entity assumes control of a person who has accepted them, often in order for this person or the entity to exercise power over another person.
Religious leaders in Malaysia signed a declaration against human trafficking on July 30.
KUALA LUMPUR – Ten leaders of different religions in Malaysia signed an Inter-Faith Joint Declaration against Human Trafficking, in an event hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.
The faith leaders on July 30 jointly declared that “every girl, boy, woman and man is a free person, and all exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. That people are trafficked and exploited physically, economically, sexually and psychologically for the profit, benefit and pleasure of others goes against the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity”.
In this adapted extract of Archbishop William Goh’s homily at the CHARIS Humanitarian Forum & Fair on 10 June 2017, Catholics and the various organisations in the archdiocese are urged to see that we are one Church with one mission.
Archbishop William Goh giving his homily during a Mass at the Humanitarian Forum & Fair 2017, held at Catholic Junior College. Photo: Vita Images
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this world is really ironical. The dignity of the human person is something that the Church has always championed even until today. Every person is unique, is an individual, irreplaceable.
This is one of the more important social teachings of the Church, alongside another important social teaching—that every person is called to freedom.
Unfortunately, the dignity of the individual has been over-accentuated, at the expense of the community. And the freedom of the individual, at the expense of the greater good of the community. This is the reason why, today we have a situation where people are very individualistic. It is about themselves, their needs, their wants, and never about others.
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and the Church of Sts Peter and Paul are participating in the Singapore Night Festival to be held in the Bras Basah-Bugis area.
The festival is a celebration of arts, culture and heritage, and was introduced in 2008.
According to cathedral rector, Msgr Philip Heng, the cathedral will take part on the upcoming two Fridays and Saturdays, i.e. Aug 18, 19, 25 and 26, from 7.30 pm to midnight.
The theme of the cathedral’s celebration is "Peace and Harmony in Singapore and the World".