MAY 10, 2009, VOL 59, NO 10

MILLIONS OF VIEWERs have now seen the YouTube clip of Susan Boyle, the frumpy, unemployed, middle-aged woman from Scotland who recently wowed the crowd on the show “Britain’s Got Talent”.



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PENANG – Thirty-five young priests from Singapore and various dioceses of Malaysia gathered for prayer and reflection on their priestly ministry at Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Penang from Apr 20-24.

Those attending were priests ordained in the past five years. This is part of their priestly formation recommended by the regional bishops’ conference.

 Without priestly ministry,there would be no Eucharist, no mission and even no Church.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI declared a year of the priest in an effort to encourage “spiritual perfection” in priests.

The pope will open the special year with a vespers service at the Vatican on Jun 19 – the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the day for the sanctification of priests. He will close the celebrations during a World Meeting of Priests in St. Peter’s Square on Jun 19, 2010.

The pope made the announcement during an audience on Mar 16 with members of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy.

He met with some 70 participants of the congregation’s plenary assembly, which focused on the missionary identity of the priest and his mission to sanctify, teach and govern.

During this jubilee year, the pope will also proclaim St. John Vianney to be patron saint of all the world’s priests. At present he is considered the patron saint of parish priests.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of this 19th-century saint who represents a “true example of a priest at the service of the flock of Christ,” the pope said.

VATICAN CITY – In a world of unbridled consumerism and materialism, Christians can find inspiration in the Buddhist witness of happiness in non-attachment to material goods, said the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

In a message for the feast of Vesak, a commemoration of the major events in the life of the Buddha, the Vatican office urged Christians and Buddhists to work together to contribute to the well-being of the world community.