JANUARY 26, 2014, Vol 64, No 02

Archbishop Goh said he was unhappy with the state of catechesis (children, youth and RCIA) as it had failed to bring people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.


Catechists from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association pose for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez at the launch of the Catechetical Year on Jan 5.

“Something in this diocese has to change.”

These were the strong words that Archbishop William Goh used in addressing about 200 catechists

celebrating the start of the Catechetical Year on Jan 5.

Archbishop Goh said he was unhappy with the state of catechesis (children, youth and RCIA) in Singapore as it had failed to bring people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.


The archbishop, who wore a specially designed shirt with the words “Archbishop William Goh, Chief Catechist” during the event, said catechists must be people with a deep relationship with God so that they can lead others to Christ through their conviction and witness.

Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam
KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur archdiocese’s College of Consultors has elected Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam as archdiocesan administrator.

He is to govern the archdiocese until the pope appoints a successor.

Archbishop Pakiam, on reaching the age of 75 on Dec 6,  tendered his resignation as the head of the archdiocese.
A group photo during the conference. Front row from left: Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia, First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature Msgr Marek Zalewski, Kuching Archbishop John Ha, apostolic nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino, Melaka-Johor Bishop Emeritus James Chan and Brunei Bishop Cornelius Sim. Back row from left: Priest-secretary Fr Michael Teng, Penang Bishop Sebastian Francis, Sibu Bishop Joseph Hii, Miri Bishop-elect Richard Ng, Keningau Bishop Cornelius Piong, Archbishop William Goh, Melaka-Johor Bishop Paul Tan and Kota Kinabalu Archbishop John Wong.A group photo during the conference. Front row from left: Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia, First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature Msgr Marek Zalewski, Kuching Archbishop John Ha, apostolic nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino, Melaka-Johor Bishop Emeritus James Chan and Brunei Bishop Cornelius Sim. Back row from left: Priest-secretary Fr Michael Teng, Penang Bishop Sebastian Francis, Sibu Bishop Joseph Hii, Miri Bishop-elect Richard Ng, Keningau Bishop Cornelius Piong, Archbishop William Goh, Melaka-Johor Bishop Paul Tan and Kota Kinabalu Archbishop John Wong.
JOHOR BARU – The Church has been experiencing an authentic reawakening through the ministry of Pope Francis who has been giving much hope and joy, said the apostolic nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino.

He was speaking during the 93rd Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei held in Plentong, Johor, from Jan 6-10.

Archbishop Marino said that one of the key elements that has produced so much expectation is the pope’s dedication towards reform.

“From all reports, it seems that he is on track to bring about some changes that hopefully will give positive results,” he said.
He mentioned that the ultimate reform that the Church needs must take place within the local Churches.

Archbishop Marino also noted that efforts in the area of inter-religious dialogue must intensify and the Church must become a Church of mercy that is manifested with the attitudes of humility, simplicity and a spirit of dialogue.
JOHOR BARU – The change in Johor’s weekends from Saturday-Sunday to Friday-Saturday has led to rescheduling problems for churches in catering to parishioners’ worship and faith education needs.

The announcement of the changed weekend was made last November by Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Churches that are affected are the city parishes where they have a large numbers of vernacular- speaking parishioners.
Couples planning to get married are expected to adjust the time of their wedding Mass from Saturday evening to Saturday morning.

Ms Philomena Beh, a faith educator at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Johor Bahru, said that catechism lessons are shortened because they have to cram classes for the three language groups – English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin – on Saturday.

Mr Francis Soh of St Joseph’s Church in Plentong said, “The Chinese group is affected the most as we have a number of catechism classes for children currently studying in the Chinese-medium schools in Johor Baru.”

New relations needed between bishops, Religious
Pope Francis says he knows through experience the problems that can arise between bishops and Religious communities