MARCH 24, 2013, Vol 63, No 06


New pope has work cut out for him
Francis X Rocca outlines the global challenges facing the new successor of St Peter

Archbishop Charles Bo speaking at a Church event in Myanmar. UCANEWS.COM photoArchbishop Charles Bo speaking at a Church event in Myanmar. UCANEWS.COM photo

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon shares with CatholicNews the opportunities the Church faces as Myanmar opens up. We present excerpts of the interview.

CN: How is the Catholic Church in Myanmar reacting to all the changes and developments in the country?

Archbishop Bo: We know that everybody, every citizen, every Christian and every Catholic will have to contribute to the building of the nation.

During the bishops’ conference in January, we invited many from abroad to discuss how each Catholic could contribute to nation building.
Filipino migrant workers at Orchard Road. Filipinos in Singapore can vote in their country’s elections from April 13-May 13.Filipino migrant workers at Orchard Road. Filipinos in Singapore can vote in their country’s elections from April 13-May 13.Filipinos in Singapore can participate in the Philippines’ upcoming elections through the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) exercise.

According to the Philippine Embassy, registered overseas voters can cast their votes at the embassy, at 20 Nassim Road, from April 13-May 13 from 9 am-5 pm daily.

Ms Amanda Chong (left) and Mr James Chong (centre), both of whom are visually handicapped, performing at St Theresa’s Home.Ms Amanda Chong (left) and Mr James Chong (centre), both of whom are visually handicapped, performing at St Theresa’s Home.

Three visually handicapped persons, who took music lessons from a Catholic music centre, performed for residents of St Theresa’s Home on March 2.

Mr James Chong, Ms Amanda Chong (both unrelated) and Madam Chua See Tai performed Amazing Grace and As the Deer.

Mr Chong and Ms Chong played the guitar while Madam Chua played the keyboard.

From left: Ariel Lin Hsuan, CJC principal Christina Kong and Christina Wang.From left: Ariel Lin Hsuan, CJC principal Christina Kong and Christina Wang.

Two Catholic Junior College (CJC) students faced major challenges in their lives – but overcame them to score in the A Level exams.

Ariel Lin Hsuan, who arrived in Singapore from her native Taiwan in 2007 with her family, is one such inspiring story.

Despite not being able to speak much English, the permanent resident persevered in her studies.