SEPTEMBER 08, 2013, Vol 63, No 18


Churches targeted amidst violence in Egypt


New leaders: Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping. For China and the Catholic Church, moral leadership is an inseparable part of all leadership.New leaders: Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping. For China and the Catholic Church, moral leadership is an inseparable part of all leadership.

George Yeo looks at the similar challenges faced by these two entities


On March 14, 2013, both China and the Catholic Church announced their new leaders to the world – Xi Jinping in Beijing and Francis in the Vatican.

In a different period, their accessions would have been described as coronations. But not in today’s circumstances.

Each has responsibility for about a fifth of humanity. China and the Catholic Church are similar in many ways. Both are ancient. Both are run by Mandarins.
Assumption English School students Ariel Koh (left) and Isabelle Lee facilitating a prayer session for fellow students on Aug 22.Assumption English School students Ariel Koh (left) and Isabelle Lee facilitating a prayer session for fellow students on Aug 22.Assumption English School students who recently led fellow students in a prayer and faith sharing session said both participants and facilitators benefited greatly from the process.

“I felt that the small meeting benefited the students as they could understand the sharing better from the perspective of a student facilitator rather than from a teacher,” said Isabelle Lee, a Sec Two student facilitator.

“The interaction among the members in the group has also been more effective and enriching,” she added.

Fr Johnson Fernandez, seen in his office in CNFr Johnson Fernandez, seen in his office in CN

Fr Johnson Fernandez, who retires as CatholicNews’ managing editor after three decades, shares his thoughts


When Fr Johnson Fernandez first took over management of CatholicNews in 1984, the print run was only about 5,000.

Today, its circulation is 27,000-28,000, hitting a high of about 40,000 for its Christmas issues.

“It was a learning experience these 30 years. I’ve never stopped learning,” said Fr Johnson, who recently stepped down as managing editor of CatholicNews (CN).
A series of talks and workshops by the Church of the Holy Cross aims to help young adults address the challenges in their work life.

Fr Richards Ambrose’s talk on Aug 17 saw the attendance of about 250 participants, mostly aged 20 to 45.

In his talk, Fr Richards highlighted the importance of a spiritual life in the workplace and how it is possible to achieve it. He emphasised that following God is the only way to achieve contentment.