AUGUST 11, 2013, Vol 63, No 16

JOHOR BAHRU – The Melaka- Johor diocese has donated funds to aid quake victims in Sichuan, China.

Some 200 people died and 13,484 were wounded, while thousands more left homeless when a powerful earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit China’s Sichuan province in April this year.

The April quake occurred just five years after another earthquake rocked the Sichuan province, which caused the deaths of almost 70,000 people.

In the meantime, churches in the Diocese of Melaka-Johor are praying for those who have died and the thousands who are injured and homeless.

“We mourned with them then, and we wish to share a little with them now,” said Bishop Paul Tan.

“Natural disaster has become more frequent,” he said, “not only in Malaysia but also in other parts of this world.” Therefore, he added that this special call is to remind people of their obligation as Christians to help those in need.

Archbishop Goh's National Day message:
'Nation-building is Kingdom-building'


TODAY, we celebrate 48 years of nation-building. We cannot but feel a sense of achievement and pride at how far we have come in such a short span of time. We have every right to feel patriotic.

However, patriotism should not be measured just in terms of emotion or sentimentalism. There are many Singaporeans who have achieved much in life, but are still searching for happiness and fulfilment.

The fact is that an individual is more than just body. He is made up of intellect and soul. Hence, nation-building for Singapore should not just be focused on infrastructure and economic progress; but also the holistic development of her citizens.

Groundbreaking ceremony on July 29. From left: Assisi Hospice Board chairman Ronny Tan, hospice patron Madam Ho Ching, Archbishop William Goh, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Sr Barbara Pereira, FMDM.Groundbreaking ceremony on July 29. From left: Assisi Hospice Board chairman Ronny Tan, hospice patron Madam Ho Ching, Archbishop William Goh, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Sr Barbara Pereira, FMDM.

By May 2016, the new Assisi Hospice, with vastly expanded facilities, will be able to serve more than double its present number of inpatients.

The new hospice, which will be situated adjacent to the current building in Thomson, will have 85 beds, more than double the 37 it currently has, as well as cater to more day centre patients.

Parishioners of the Church of St Ignatius pose for a photo with Mr Haji Azman bin Kassim, Msgr Philip Heng and MP Christopher De Souza.Parishioners of the Church of St Ignatius pose for a photo with Mr Haji Azman bin Kassim, Msgr Philip Heng and MP Christopher De Souza.

Twenty Catholics from the Church of St Ignatius, led by Msgr Philip Heng, joined Muslims in their Iftar (breaking of fast) at the Al-Huda Mosque on July 28.

This is the fourth time the parish has supported the annual Iftar which began in 2010.

The organisers are the Ulu Pandan Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) and the Al-Huda Mosque Management Board.