NOVEMBER 11, 2018, Vol 68, No 23

This paradigm shift came when Christianity moved out of Europe to other parts of the world, having to interface with other rich religions, like Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism The Church sees all men and women as brothers and sisters of the same Heavenly Father, writes Archbishop William Goh.

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Scripture Readings: Ephesians 2:12-22; Luke 12:35-38

All of us desire world peace, beginning with our own nation, our community and our family. Without peace, there can be no unity among the peoples of the world. Division in the world is caused by fear, selfishness and injustices. This is further reinforced by the exclusive approach of most religions. Such exclusive claims of religions make believers of other faiths feel alienated and rejected. This causes religious tension, fanaticism and rivalry. That is why we need to promote a more inclusive approach in dealing with other religions.
first nun meet
The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns from various parts of the world.

Just why did 70 nuns from 15 countries, many travelling across the globe to congregate in Taiwan, meet in a Buddhist monastery?

It was a landmark conference indeed for all the nuns who were participating in the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns, held from Oct 13-20, in the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monstery in Kaohsiung. Of the 70 nuns, 30 were Buddhists from countries such as Australia, Thailand, Japan and Singapore.

The theme for the dialogue was Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue. Their aim was to foster mutual understanding between Buddhists and Catholics.
boy take host
A Mass was held concurrently for primary and secondary sections at Catholic High Founder’s Day celebration.

The unfurling of a banner by Fr Henry Siew set off a line up of activities to mark the 83rd Founder’s Day celebrations at Catholic High School in Bishan.

The celebrations, held from Oct 8-13, with the theme “ConneXions” set the students on the path to learn the milestones in the school’s 83 years of achievements.

For students in the primary school section, they were given quizzes to help them learn more about the late Fr
Edward Becheras, who established Catholic High School (CHS) in 1935.
Ms Irene Wong and her painting
Ms Irene Wong’s “Selah Moment” won her the top prize in the Open Category.

An artist’s powerful portrait of herself in prayer and a moving depiction of the biblical characters of Naomi and Ruth as they caught sight of Bethlehem, their destination.

These were the two winning entries in this year’s Angelico Art Award, which seeks to provide a platform for Christian artists to reflect upon and express their faith.

Describing the entries for the art competition this year, Mr Lee Suan Hiang, former CEO of the National Arts Council and one of the judges, remarked: “Every piece was a labour of love and so well executed.”