DECEMBER 02 2012, Vol 62, No 24

  Four-year-old Quillan Yates gets a helping hand with his pirate costume from his teacher Ms Barbara Thomas during a Halloween party at St Mary School in New York. CNS photo Four-year-old Quillan Yates gets a helping hand with his pirate costume from his teacher Ms Barbara Thomas during a Halloween party at St Mary School in New York. CNS photo

An archbishop in Poland has urged the country’s youth to shun Halloween, condemning the holiday as “anti-Christian” and “pagan” and arguing that it promotes a “culture of death” .

Archbishop Andrzej Dziyga of Szczecin-Kamien in northwest Poland sent a letter to his flock warning them that Halloween introduces a “world of darkness, including devils, vampires and demons” disguised as “fun” to school children.

Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself to join us in our humanity!

Throughout history, humankind has asked itself: What is a meaningful life?

In Singapore, many people answer this question in terms of possessing biological health and material wealth. We pour our greatest energy into securing a sizeable income, and we seem to derive great satisfaction when we are engaged in the act of buying or selling something. We also invest a great deal into preserving our bodily wellness.

There is practical wisdom in having these priorities, and making a living is one of the primary ways Catholics strive for holiness.

However it would be short-sighted to build our lives only around these things. Our bodies are mortal, and our earthly wealth is but temporary. Moreover, the material world cannot and will not supply a vision beyond itself, a vision that we need in order to attain the full meaning of what it is to be a human being.

11,940 babies were aborted in 2011 alone.
This figure has not dropped below 11,000 in over 10 years.
More than 82% of mothers who abort their children were financially able to take care of them.
·*Statistics by Ministry of Health

Twins: One aborted, one survived! The survivor speaks...

Forty-two years ago, my mother decided to have an abortion. She was pregnant with twins, but nobody knew this, not even her doctor. My tiny brother and I were growing in her womb, until that dreadful day. Before the abortion, we were both alive. But in a matter of moments, I was alone.

It’s frightening to think I was almost aborted when my mom had a Dilation and Curettage (D&C) abortion, a process in which my mother’s cervix was dilated and the lining and contents of the uterus was surgically removed by scraping and scooping. Somehow, miraculously, I survived the procedure. My twin brother Andrew, however, wasn’t so lucky. He was aborted and we lost him forever.

Archbishop's Advent Message: ‘Christ gives humanity its true destiny’

The Carmelite novitiate in Hsinchu City, Taiwan.The Carmelite novitiate in Hsinchu City, Taiwan.

The Carmelite novitiate will relocate from Singapore to Hsinchu City, Taiwan in January next year.

Carmelite Fr Thomas Lim, General Delegate for the Taiwan-Singapore General Delegation, told CatholicNews that “a novitiate house was built and given to us by a benefactor in Taiwan”.

According to Fr Lim, the move to Taiwan is to provide novices and postulants “an environment to discern their calling, especially in novitiate, where they need to have a very strong grounding in Carmelite life”.