APRIL 20, 2014, Vol 64, No 08

singapore – The Archbishop’s Office released the following update on Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia’s condition on April 4:

Dear Rev Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As advised in our last communique, Archbishop William Goh has formed a team of doctors to, among other assignments, prognosticate Archbishop Emeritus’ medical condition with a view to recommending the type of treatment that would best facilitate his recovery.

Accordingly, the team met on 2 April, 2014, and made the following observations and recommendations:

“Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Chia is currently making good progress in recovery but it is still too early to prognosticate the extent of full recovery which will be more apparent after a period of rehabilitation over a period of 6 months to 1 year.
“Plans are being made to transfer him to a Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. He is currently unfit to resume his pre-incident official roles and responsibilities.

“Controlled visitations from immediate family members, Religious, Government Officials and relevant doctors are permissible, subjected to visiting hours and restrictions pertaining to Mount Alvernia Hospital ICU before transfer.”
Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe star in a scene from Noah. CNS photoJennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe star in a scene from Noah. CNS photo
One of the most loved Bible stories that continues to fascinate children and adults is the story of Noah.

If you are going to watch this NC16 movie with little understanding or background to the movie, you might think that what is depicted is what is recounted in the Bible.

The movie, however, is not faithful to the scriptural source material and this has sparked the consternation of many religious leaders (especially in America) so much so that the studio included a disclaimer at the start of the film.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Chinese Catholics carry a statue of Mary in procession to the Sheshan  Marian shrine in Shanghai, China. CNS file photoChinese Catholics carry a statue of Mary in procession to the Sheshan Marian shrine in Shanghai, China. CNS file photo

In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI released a Letter to Chinese Catholics, in which he asked that May 24 each year be celebrated as a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He chose May 24 because it is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, who is venerated at the Shrine of Sheshan (佘山) in Shanghai.

The local Church, in response to His Holiness’ exhortation, will be holding a Mass on Friday 23 May at 7.45 pm at St. Bernadette’s Church to pray for this intention.
Pope John Paul II says in his Apostolic Exhortation, “Just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in the vast and vital Asia Continent.” (Ecclesia in Asia #1)

Talking about Asia, we cannot miss out China, this great nation with a long history and rich culture. Yet, like many other nations, China has its periods of history that experienced social and spiritual crises, and she has endured deep pains and sustained great suffering.

China is open to the divine

In China, many people have seen the experimentation of an ideal equalitarian social system fail and transmute into a capitalist society, with many ills of the latter system now manifested, which were once criticised by the sociologist Karl Marx.
Over the distant hills

The sky slowly darkens as the thunder came roaring.

Heaven shed its tears, in thickness pouring,
In Golgotha, on a wooden cross, a Man was nailed.

With blood dripping from His Face, He was hailed
A King whose Head was crowned with thorns.

People danced and jeered, laughed and scorned
At a Man, one winter night, in a manger, He was born.

Thirty-three winters passed, blots of fire flashing over the hills,
Nailed to the cross for no sin, He bore neither hatred nor ill
To the multitude of people who gathered to mock His Death.