JULY 14, 2013, Vol 63, No 14

Pope gives his views on these and other issues

  Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead a general audience in St Peter’s Square. CNS photo Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead a general audience in St Peter’s Square. CNS photo

VATICAN CITY – The stability of the Church requires that it be built on Jesus, but its beauty and strength also rely on the contributions of each and every Christian, Pope Francis said.

“If someone tells you, ‘Go home, you’re not needed,’ that’s not true,” the pope told an estimated 50,000 people at his weekly general audience on June 26.

“No one is useless in the Church. We are all needed to build this temple.”

“We are all equal in the eyes of God – everyone,” he said. “One of you may say, ‘But listen, pope sir, we are not your equals.’ But, yes, I’m like all of you, all of us are equal. All of us. We are brothers and sisters.... We all form and build the Church.”

  Pope Francis attends a private audience with the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations at the Vatican. CNS photo Pope Francis attends a private audience with the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations at the Vatican. CNS photo

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he knows from personal experience that local dialogue and friendships with Jews enrich participants, helping them grow both as believers and as human beings.

Meeting on June 24 with members of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, a coalition of Jewish organisations that engage together in dialogue with the Vatican and other Christian groups, Pope Francis said 40 years of official Catholic-Jewish dialogue have promoted mutual understanding and friendship.
Regional Biblical Commission's message for Bible Sunday, July 14

THE Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI “Verbum Domini” (The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church), written after the XII Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, reflects on the Word of the God who speaks and our response, the interpretation of Scripture in the Church, the Word of God in liturgy and in the life of the Church culminating in the Word of God proclaimed to the world.

The Regional Biblical Commission (RBC) had decided to dedicate the Bible Sunday Messages to these profound reflections.

The RBC dedicated its Bible Sunday message of 2011 to the primacy of God’s word to man in different forms, culminating in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God. In 2012, the Bible Sunday Message highlighted God’s intervention in human history in terms of the covenant relationship between God and His people.

This year’s Bible Sunday falls within the Year of Faith, and appropriately, the message will look at the senses of Scripture in the context of the faith and life of the Church.

Delegates of the Caritas Asia and Caritas Oceania conference in a discussion. Caritas Internationalis plans to hold a forum to discuss working in China.Delegates of the Caritas Asia and Caritas Oceania conference in a discussion. Caritas Internationalis plans to hold a forum to discuss working in China.

SINGAPORE – Caritas Internationalis (CI), the global confederation of Catholic charities, is planning a forum in November to brainstorm about working in China.

The meeting, scheduled for end November, is to bring together Caritas organisations and church organisations working inside China “to exchange, discuss and to think of various strategies”, said CI’s secretary general Michel Roy.

Mr Roy made this announcement during the Caritas Asia and Caritas Oceania Joint Regional Conference Week held at Singapore’s Metropolitan YMCA from June 19-22.

Participants of the Church of St Anthony’s 4th Youth Conference in a flash mob performance for their parents. Photo provided by Church of St AnthonyParticipants of the Church of St Anthony’s 4th Youth Conference in a flash mob performance for their parents. Photo provided by Church of St Anthony

Young parishioners of St Anthony attend five-day conference to deepen faith


Be the Voice. That was the theme for the Church of St Anthony’s 4th Youth Conference held from June 24-28.

Aimed at empowering young people to overcome their reluctance to be a voice for God, the conference encouraged participants to step out of their comfort zone to be a disciple of Christ.

Over 100 young people, aged 13-30, gathered in the church auditorium to kickstart the event.

Fr Terence Pereira, spiritual director of the Youth of Saint Anthony, reminded participants that the conference was a sharing of ideas and encouraged them to be open to the experience.