Can divorced Catholics receive Holy Communion? How should one relate to a brother or sister in Christ who has undergone, or is going through, the pain of divorce?

To help the Catholic community have a better understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, separation and annulment, the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) is organising a “Symposium on Divorce, Separation & Annulment” on Feb 16.

The event, to be held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre, 2 Highland Road, aims to help participants understand how the Church applies its teachings on marriage in a spirit of compassion to real-life situations, and how the Catholic community can be more supportive to those in these painful situations.

The symposium will also benefit persons who have undergone, or are undergoing, a civil divorce, and who want to understand how they can remain faithful to God and be in full communion with His Church.

The keynote speaker is Father Terence Pereira, parish priest of the Church of St Michael. Two persons will share their experiences of divorce, the support they received (or did not receive), and how to heal and recover and have a meaningful family life, albeit in a single-parent family. Representatives of two Archdiocesan support programmes, Beginning Experience and Surviving Divorce, will also speak about their work.

To find out more or to register for the symposium, go to