I REFER to “It’s Christmas. Let’s help the poor” (page 12 of CN Dec 21 and 28).

While I applaud the effort made by the Catholic News to help the poor, I would like to point out that the Vatican has suspended its symbolic contribution to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in view of the two organisations support of contraception and abortion. The Holy See’s stance was expressed by His Emminence Mgr. Jean-Louis Tauran when he wrote on the Defence of Life in the Context of International Policies and Norms on 11 February 2000. (Please refer to the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/secretariat_state/documents/rc_seg-st_doc_20000211_tauran-acdlife_en.html).

Therefore, I think it would be inappropriate for a Catholic newspaper to promote monetary contribution to an organisation which may act contrary to Catholic beliefs.

Dr John Chuah Khoon Leong, Singapore