JUNE 24, 2018, Vol 68, No 13

Conference to address issues such as what an authentic and integral development of S’pore would look like

Panel speakers at Caritas’ July 21 conference (from left):  Fr David Garcia, Mr Han Fook Kwang (The Straits Times), Mr John Lim (Ministry of Social and Family Development), Ms Teo Jin Lee (Agape Village Management Committee) and panel moderator Prof Tan Cheng Han.

Singapore might have developed rapidly economically, but has it matured as a cohesive society, especially when certain groups of persons are left out of the development equation?

What would a true, authentic and integral development of Singapore look like?

Caritas Singapore’s Social Mission Conference 2018, to be held at Catholic Junior College on July 21, aims to address this.

CJC students conducting a stakeholder analysis at the workshop conducted by Caritas.

About 40 Catholic Junior College (CJC) students learnt more about the Church’s role in helping the poor and needy during a workshop conducted by Caritas Singapore on May 30.

The students were among a larger group of 88 CJC students attending the college’s three-day-one-night Ignite Residential Programme which aimed to expose them to an authentic service learning experience.

The programme, held in University Town (UTown) at the National University of Singapore, also saw the students making rojak with the elderly from Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, and visiting Assumption Pathway School and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.
Dr Gabriel Seow shares about the wisdom behind the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, as a physician

Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) is an encyclical issued by Blessed Pope Paul VI 50 years ago on July 25, 1968. Subtitled “On the Regulation of Birth”, it reaffirms the constant teaching of the Church regarding abortion, contraception and other issues pertaining to human life and love.

In this document, Blessed Pope Paul VI predicted a number of consequences should contraception be accepted and promoted, one of which was “how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards ... [A] man…may forget the reverence due to a woman, and…reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires”.

Caritas Singapore’s annual archdiocesan Lenten campaign, Charities Week 2018, raised $6.5 million, exceeding last year’s amount by more than $480,000.

Caritas Singapore, the archdiocese’s social mission arm, is the umbrella body of 25 Catholic charities serving more than 50,000 beneficiaries from among the poor and vulnerable. It runs more than 70 programmes ranging from psychotherapy to residential care, legal advice and family health.