FEBRUARY 15, 2009, Vol 59, No 4

CN cover for FEBRUARY 15, 2009, Vol 59, No 4


Pope Benedict’s desire to bring members of Society of St. Pius X back to the Church leads him to lift excommunication of four bishops, one of whom denies the Holocaust; Jews are angry.

For a detailed report, see article on: "Pope condemns Holocaust denial, reaffirms solidarity with Jews"

VATICAN CITY – The pope greeted men and women religious on Feb 2, joining them in St. Peter’s Basilica after a special Mass marking the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and World Day for Consecrated Life.
Pope Benedict said St. Paul is a model of living for all Christians, but especially for those who have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In his just released Lenten message for 2009, Pope Benedict says fasting is important “therapy” for modern Catholics because it helps make them aware of the deprived state in which many people live.

A panel of Church officials under the leadership of the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, presented the Holy Father’s 2009 Lenten Message.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia hands a candle that represents the light of Christ to the commissioned principals.SINGAPORE – On the eve of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Archbishop Nicholas Chia reminded the congregation at Church of St. Ignatius, that “each one of us is called to discipleship”, just like St. Paul.

He was speaking especially to the Catholic leaders of Catholic schools, who were present for the “Commissioning of Newly Appointed Principals of Catholic Schools and Service of Commitment by all Principals and Vice-Principals” on Jan 24.
There are currently about 50,000 pupils in the 35 Catholic schools in Singapore.


Construction work is currently being done on the second floor gallery. The entire superstructure is expected to be completed in the next four months.

SINGAPORE – Completion of  the new Church of Divine Mercy at Pasir Ris has been delayed to the later half of this year. It was originally scheduled for completion in December 2008.

Project manager Thomas Lee explained that the main obstacle the company faced that led to the delay, and which it continues to face, is the restricted plot of land – only 3,000 square metres.