DECEMBER 20, 2009, VOL59, NO26

Volunteers form a line to pass ration packs to the elderly at Redhill Moral Seniors Activity Centre. Photo by Darren Boon
SINGAPORE – A multi-ethnic, multi-faith grassroots organisation has held an

outreach programme for elderly and housebound people living in Blocks 89 and 90 in Redhill Close.

The Radin Mas Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) on Nov 29 brought together members of various faiths such as Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Hindus, Sikhs and followers of the Baha’i faith, to help the less fortunate.
Friendship has been a major moving force in the life of 40-year-old Father Brian D’ Souza. It was what sowed the first seeds of his decision to enter priesthood; brought him two close friends who continue to support one another; and is what guides his ministry moulding youths at various parishes and as Youth Chaplain for the archdiocese

IT WAS NO priest who inspired him towards the priestly life, but the group of altar servers at Church of the Risen Christ, who first planted the seed for priesthood in Brian.

Brother Paul Rogers with CJC students. Photo provided by Catholic Junior College

After dedicating 14 years to local education, De La Salle Brother Paul Rogers will step down as Principal of Catholic Junior College (CJC) at the end of 2009 for a new posting in Melbourne, Australia. A towering figure, Brother Paul points out to Darren Boon that one “must love doing what one does” to have a career as a principal for more than 26 years in total

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo walks with Father Michael Sinnott at a Manila air base Nov 12. Father Sinnott had been taken at gunpoint by six men who stormed a Columban missionary house Oct 11.

MANILA, Philippines – Irish missionary Father Michael Sinnott, who was held captive by still unidentified armed men in Mindanao for 31 days, left for his homeland early Thursday.

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VATICAN CITY – The elements that have led to this week’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen must also be a call to lifestyle conversion, according to a Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, analysed the ethical implications of the Dec 7-18 UN conference, and proposed that “some time ago environmental and climate concerns seemed to many to be a luxury – worries for the rich. The concerns of the poor, who had to survive and meet basic needs, were different.”

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