JULY 27, 2014, Vol 64 No 15
The go-ahead arrived on June 30, when at the headquarters of the Thai Episcopal Conference in Bangkok, Msgr Arpondratana Francis Xavier Vira, head of the Biblical Commission and Sr Phanni Phuruanghong, secretary of the Commission, signed an agreement with representatives of the Thailand Bible Society.
The following are points of clarification provided by the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace with regard to the church renovation story in CN, July 13:
The headline for the article should read “Queen of Peace Church undergoes renovation as she celebrates her 60th anniversary”.
The reason for the renovation is so that the church can look more attractive outside as well as inside to people.
The theme of the church design is to depict the various aspects of Mary’s name as Queen. As one enters the church by the main door, from the entrance there is a clear view of a bright green star directly above the statue of Our Lady at the main sanctuary. It comes across as the Star of the Sea, a title given to her.
VATICAN CITY – Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee – which includes former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo – to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, announced the formation of the committee at a July 9 news conference.
“The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings,” he said.
About 50 people gathered at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea canteen on July 12 to witness Bible passages coming to life through drama.
The church’s Bible Sunday celebration saw parishioners taking to the stage, donning colourful costumes and using props.
Coming in first place was Jerome and Family, a family of nine including a two-year-old, who acted out a scene at the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
During the part when the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, a handmade white paper bird with an attached spotlight was lowered above the head of the actor playing Jesus. “Oohs”and “ahhs” were heard from the audience.
In second place was the team from Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, who acted out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.