MARCH 28, 2010, Vol 60, No 06

Stephania and Rich De Mayo cradle their twin daughters, Natalia and Melania, in this undated photo. CNS photo

A CATHOLIC COUPLE in the United States have celebrated the “miraculous” birth of twin girls who doctors had advised they abort.

The births of Natalia and Melania De Mayo were the perfect ending to a touch-and-go pregnancy riddled with complications, and made medical history, as 29-year-old Stephania De Mayo became the first heart transplant recipient in the world to give birth to healthy twins.

Proud father Rich said his daughters, who were born a minute apart and six weeks premature, were “beautiful and perfect”, adding: “It’s a miracle they are here.”

The couple said they had trusted in God and rejected doctors who had advised aborting both babies early on. Later, during a serious complication, the couple refused one doctor’s recommendation to abort one baby to save the other.

Mr De Mayo said: “Abortion wasn’t an option; we had faith – something greater to believe in from what the doctors were telling us.”  THE UNIVERSE

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and MP of Pasir Ris & Ponggol GRC paid a visit to the Church of Divine Mercy Sunday Mar 7. He arrived just in time to greet surprised parishioners at the church foyer after the 11.00am Mass. The DPM together with constituency grass-root leaders were given a tour of the church. Parish priest Father Johnson Fernandez explained to the visitors the various religious statues, stained glass and symbols in the church. The tour concluded with a 45 minutes question-and-answer session with the parish steering committee.  Photo by Darren Boon
NEW YORK – Directed by twins Albert and Allen Hughes, “The Book of Eli” incorporates religious faith and Judeo-Christian principles to a surprising degree, and exhibits sufficient reverence for the Bible. Yet its coarse language and violence could fuel the opinion that Hollywood should avoid all sacred texts. It does not endorse aggression as a means to redemption.

Fight sequences are balanced with morbid humour; and violence tamed by frequent meditative passages. The directors also paint optimism amidst mankind’s bleak future.

The movie centres on a prophetic hero driven by faith and hope. In the near future, following a climactic disaster that precipitated “the last war”, Eli (Denzel Washington) has spent 30 years traversing the blighted landscape of the western United States carrying the only extant copy of The King James Bible after bookes were burned, and libraries pillaged.

As the Church’s port chaplain, Father Romeo Yu Chang, CICM, ministers to seafarers visiting Singapore. He shares his ministry and the hardships of seamen with Darren Boon

FATHER ROMEO HAS a fear of water, and he can’t swim either.

“I don’t know why I have this fear of water, and never mastered swimming. And it’s funny that I’m the port chaplain,” he said.

A first-generation Filipino-Chinese, Father Romeo grew up surrounded by water in the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. But as a child, none of his relatives taught him how to swim.

Father Romeo did attempt to learn while in Hong Kong for his theological studies, but confessed to having difficulty coordinating his legs and hands. However, this hasn’t prevented him from ministering to seafarers.

Twenty years ago, Clement worked to acquire riches of the world.

Now, called by God, he works to attain riches in His vineyard. Singapore’s first permanent deacon shares with Darren Boon

how he was ‘Headhunted’ by the Holy Spirit

Photos provided by Deacon Clement Chen

DEACON CLEMENT CHEN believes in “paying it forward”, rather than paying God back, so he chooses to share God’s love for him through service to others.

But it wasn’t always so for the former financial consultant.