AUGUST 2, 2009, Vol 59, No 16

Pope Benedict took the opportunity to present a special copy of his social encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”) to several leaders attending the G-8 summit when they visited him. The Vatican released the encyclical on Jul 7, the day before the G-8 summit began.

VATICAN CITY – The Church’s position on bioethical issues got marked attention during Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Jul 10.

In addition to giving Obama a copy of his latest encyclical, which the pope had been presenting to visiting heads of state since its release on Jul 7, the pope also presented a copy of the Vatican document on biomedical ethics, “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of a Person”).

SINGAPORE – Beneficiaries and volunteers of Caritas Singapore’s member organisations will be presenting ‘Social Mission Alive!’ on Saturday Aug 22 at the University Cultural Centre.

The event, which starts at 5.15pm, highlights the Church’s social teachings brought to life in the good works of Catholic individuals and charity organisations. Some of these include building a home for disaster-stricken residents of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and serving home-cooked hot meals to migrants living in Singapore.
SINGAPORE – The Council for Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Dialogue (IRED) will be organising a series of talks as a follow-up of their series last year “Love of God, Love of Neighbour”. This is IRED’s effort in the continuing formation of Catholics in the understanding of the other religions in Singapore.

The first will be hosted by the Sri Krishnan Temple at Waterloo Street on Wednesday Jul 29. The evening will start with a tour of the temple, a meal hosted by our Hindu friends and a talk “Loving Thy Neighbour” with questions-and-answers to follow.
Further details will be given to all registered participants for whom dinner will be provided. Those interested in participating in this event should register by calling 9756 0239 / 9829 4945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attendees at the talk present their written prayer petitions personally to Father Stephen Yim. Attendees were given slips of paper earlier to write in their prayer intentions, and several did. Photo by Darren Boon

Influx of Mandarin-speaking foreign workers persuades Christ the King parish to serve and evangelise them

SINGAPORE – Whenever Father Stephen Yim, assistant priest at Church of Christ the King, goes to the shopping centre, he notices a good number of Chinese migrants working at the shops. This observation gave him an idea. Thus when he sat down with the Mandarin-speaking community of Christ the King to discuss about the community’s mission, the idea of an outreach to Mandarin-speaking non- Catholics began to take shape.

SINGAPORE – Jun 14, 2009 was the seventh anniversary of the establishment of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) – an initiative of Archbishop Nicholas Chia, soon after his ordination to the Episcopate.

“The Holy Eucharist holds a central place in the life of all Catholics... it contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth, Christ Himself,” said Archbishop Chia.

The institution of the chapel underscores the Church’s desire for the faithful to reverence the Lord by making it possible for them to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament at any time of the day or night. Nowhere else in Singapore is this facility available, as churches that do expose the Blessed Sacrament, do so only for specific hours daily.