YOU now have in your hands the first issue of The Catholic News in 2002. We hope you will enjoy its improved masthead and eight full colour pages as much as we did editing and laying them out for you.

In the forthcoming issues, you can expect more inspiring articles on living our Catholic faith as well as more up-to-date news from the Vatican and the rest of the Catholic community around the world.

All this is being made possible by the new web offset printer we have engaged. The new printer has CPT (colour to print) technology that makes it possible to print the paper within a short span of time.

This also means that our partnership of 35 years with Tiger Litho Offsetprinting comes to an end. We will miss the friendship and dedication of Mr Foo, whose company served us through thick and thin. We at CN are clearly in the midst of transition as we expand our mission of bringing the latest news in the Catholic world and feature articles communicating the values of Christ.

More important than the look of the paper are all the people who make up the CN family. We know that we cannot do this work alone, but only with God’s help and the support of our readers, co-workers, volunteers, clergy, Religious and all who assist us in any way.

We want to single out two special persons who have been a part of the family for many years. With the last issue of CN for 2001, Fr Cyril Lee completed six years as editor of our paper. In his own quiet and unassuming way, he faithfully wrote each issue’s editorial. We are proud that some of his editorials have found their way to a larger Asian readership in the weekly Asian Catholic newsletter Asia Focus, based in Thailand.

Fr Richards Ambrose, our staff writer, is making a big transition as a parish priest to head the growing community of St Anne’s Church.

God bless you abundantly, Fr Lee and Fr Richards! As we begin a new chapter in our 65 years of existence, we welcome Rev Fr Robert Balhetchet as our new editor. You will be reading his editorial in the next issue.

Please let us kow what you think of the paper. In fact we want you to be involved in it. Here are some ways you can do that.

After reading this issue, please feel free to send us a letter or e-mail expressing your thoughts and comments. Perhaps you enjoyed our feature article and would like to share your own experiences with our readers. Or maybe you would like to comment on the youth page. If space allows, we will publish your letter.

Fr Johnson Fernandez

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