JANUARY 20, 2019, Vol 69, No 02

As we begin the new year, I am sure many of us would ask this basic question, “What will this year be like? Will it be any different from last year or the previous years?”

Most, if not all of us, would hope for a “better” year, whether that means one that moves us closer to our aspirations of a more happy and fulfilling life, or one that will, at least, minimise the obstacles towards attaining this.

While this may be logical enough, we cannot assume that everyone knows how to go about realising this. Hopefully, this reflection can be of some help.
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Participants at the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family’s fifth anniversary Mass pose for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and priests. Photo: VITA Images

Patricia Ang

Catholics are called to bring the light of Christ to their families and to society, and to be witnesses of what it means to be members of the family of God. “The Church is the family of families,” said Archbishop William Goh.

He was speaking at the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family’s fifth anniversary Mass held at St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah) on Jan 5.

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) helps empower families to be fully alive in loving as God loves, and becoming intimate communities and witnesses of life and love by sharing in the mission of the Church.

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The Madonna della Cintola before restoration (left) and after restoration.

Which is more amazing – Michelangelo’s artworks in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel or how the frescoes there were restored?

For Father Kevin Lixey, the International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums (PAVM), the restoration process is “almost as fascinating as the works of art themselves”.

He was in Singapore and gave a talk at a restaurant at Harding Road on Dec 14 to about 50 members and friends of the Asian Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums (APAVM) on “Unveiling Ancient Beauty – The hidden art of restoration in the Vatican Museums”.