JANUARY 20, 2002, Vol 52, No 2

THE dawn of a new year brings hope and expectancy of change - for the better - on a personal level, on the level of society as a whole and the world at large. Changes have certainly come about in the Archdiocese Of Singapore. New postings affecting nearly half of the clergy were announced recently. Only a few of these have already taken effect as of 1 January 2002. The rest will take effect after the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Changes have been made as far as personnel are concerned and changes will be seen in the areas of responsibility that have been affected by these changes - if nothing else, new faces will be seen and new voices heard.

Changes were necessary for a renewal of the archdiocese and as a new year dawns the Church in Singapore looks forward with hope and expectency of change - for the better. One must, however, not confuse changes with change! Changes are very easy to effect - at least relatively so. Change is much more difficult to achieve - real change, and change for the better, that is!
Archbishop Chia: It is my hope that you will generously respond to the ardent request of His Holiness and participate in our Archdiocesan District Prayer Service and Pilgrimage.Archbishop Chia: It is my hope that you will generously respond to the ardent request of His Holiness and participate in our Archdiocesan District Prayer Service and Pilgrimage.Archbishop Chia issues first Pastoral Letter THE tragedy of Sep 11 and the sufferings and tensions in its aftermath have brought to the consciousness of the world the urgent need to build a culture of respectful dialogue and cooperation between all the members of the human family.

In the shadow of that tragedy, His Holiness Pope John Paul II issued a powerful message for the World Day Of Peace, Jan 1, 2002. The theme of his message, No Peace Without Justice. No Justice Without Forgiveness, addresses a number of issues in our contemporary world, placing emphasis on the necessity of justice and forgiveness as the source and condition of true peace for all.

To eliminate the social and cultural causes of terrorism, religious leaders must work together and emphasize the greatness and dignity of the human person and the oneness of the human family and at the same time take the lead in publicly condemning terrorism and denying terrorists any form of religious or moral legitimacy.

In our pursuit of peace in the world, let us bear in mind that peace is the work of justice and love. True peace is the fruit of justice which ensures full respect for rights and responsibilities, and the just distribution of benefits and burdens.