Values: The ethics of homosexual acts

This is the second of two articles on homosexuality, we focus today on the core ethical question which ought to govern the debate on homosexuality: the dignity of the human person and his or her body.  This ongoing series on Values is by the Catholic Medical Guild and  Caritas Singapore. Everyone has an opinion on [...]

The pope’s WYD: Space set aside for silence, solemnity

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has put his own stamp on the Church’s celebration of World Youth Day (WYD), and it’s especially clear in the gathering’s moments of prayer.In Cologne, Germany, six years ago – his first WYD as pope – he surprised the youths at the Saturday night vigil by urging them to [...]

‘Much to be done after papal visit’

Pope Benedict XVI greets Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak during a meeting at the pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on July 18. Archbishop Pakiam was part of Mr Najib’s interreligious delegation. CNS photoArchbishop Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur speaks about the Malaysian prime minister’s visit to the Vatican in this interviewWhen did you [...]

Praying as a family

Here’s a brief summary of my faith journey thus far: By the age of four, I could recite the Our Father. At six years old, I could rattle off the Litany by heart. Attending Novena devotions on Saturdays were a weekly routine. If there’s one thing I remember about my childhood, it’s the regular stream [...]

I’m rich… but i’m not happy

Acquiring more and more possessions do not always lead to fulfilment, says Fr Herbert WeberI WAS invited to visit a couple whom I will call Terry and Nancy. As I drove up their driveway, I saw two boats on trailers, ready to be taken to water.Terry came out to tell me how happy he was [...]

Alleviating plight of Sri Lankan refugees

A family fleeing from fighting in the Tamil rebel-controlled region of Vanni, Sri Lanka, in 2008. The Jesuit Refugee Service is assisting tens of thousands of such refugees now living in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. CNS file photoIMAGINE a household budget of less than $30 a month. For some of the 70,000 refugees [...]

Musicians from US, Canada, Mexico learn music for new missal

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA – More than 3,100 Catholic pastoral musicians from around the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville, USA, to prepare for the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.Parishes around the United States will begin using the new text – and [...]

Viewpoints: Some ideas to boost NCCs

We read in CN, July 31, that parishioners of one of the churches held a retreat at Majodi Retreat Centre (Blessed Sacrament Parishioners Learn About NCC Mission).The retreatants learned about growing in discipleship as well as outreach and fellowship.This is a good start but all of our NCCs (Neighbourhood Christian Communities) need to be overhauled [...]

Papal foundation plans greater access to AIDS treatment

VATICAN CITY – A papal foundation dedicated to AIDS patients may expand its services to include a global programme of distributing anti-AIDS drugs, a Vatican official said.The initiative would respond to the shortage of antiretroviral and other drugs in poorer countries, where the vast majority of AIDS patients receive inadequate treatment, Msgr Jean-Marie Mupendawatu, secretary [...]