Journeying with ex-offenders

The Roman Catholic Prison Ministry needs more volunteers for its aftercare programmeThe Roman Catholic Prison Ministry (RCPM) has seen a good response from volunteers who have signed up to serve in the ministry’s aftercare programme for ex-offenders.However, RCPM says it needs more male volunteers 35 years and older to volunteer for the “befriending” service as [...]

Priest discusses morality of cosmetic surgery

Having such surgery out of vanity ‘is unethical,’ said Fr David Garcia.Cosmetic surgery is ethically justified if used to restore or acquire a normal appearance for one’s gender and age that benefits normal social interaction.However, if it is done out of vanity, it is considered immoral, Fr David Garcia told participants at an ethics and [...]

Hope for ‘at-risk’ youths

Br Collin Wee gives a haircut to a resident of Hopehouse, located at St Patrick’s School.LaSalle Brothers’ project aids young offenders, homeless boysHenry (not his real name) was a homeless youth living at a rubbish centre. The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) then referred him to LaSalle Br Collin Wee where he [...]

Dominicans launch lay fraternity

Lay Dominicans pose for a photo with Dominican Fr David Garcia (fourth from left). From left: Mr Michael Yip (temporarily professed), Prof Richard Davis (novice), Ms Karen Seet (made temporary profession in 2009), Mr Francis Nyan (solemnly professed), Mrs Chris Yeo (solemnly professed), Mr Jason Koh (novice), Dr Sally Ho (temporarily professed), Ms Estella Young [...]

Christian college students visit Risen Christ church

Rev Dr Simon Chan (left, in grey longsleeve shirt) and students from Trinity Theological College attending a Mass at the Church of the Risen Christ on July 31.Trinity Theological College students engage in discussion with priests and church ministry leadersForty-four adult students from a Christian theological institute visited the Church of the Risen Christ recently [...]

Making visible the invisible

Have you ever awakened to the call of birdsong? It is certainly a lot more pleasant than the insistent ringing of an alarm clock.Birds sing at daybreak because trees give off oxygen just before dawn, and this wakes up the birds and makes them sing! And naturally, of course, the sun appears with its great [...]

‘Don’t write off US economy’: Vatican banker

ROME – The US is not necessarily “a nation in decline or struck to the core”, says the head of the Vatican Bank.“The US remains the most technologically advanced country in the world, with the highest GDP, surpassing one and a half times that of Europe, four times that of China, and 10 times that [...]

New guidelines restrict conscience rights of British pharmacists

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Catholic pharmacists in the United Kingdom are concerned that new guidelines from an industry regulator will force them to act against their consciences.They also are troubled that guidelines issued in late July by the General Pharmaceutical Council could lead to dismissal of Christian pharmacists and even could prevent them from entering the [...]

Pope calls for prayers for Syria and Libya

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY – Pope Benedict XVI appealed for reconciliation and respect for human rights in Syria and Libya where the governments have used force to try to end pro-democracy protests.“With deep concern, I am following the dramatic and growing episodes of violence in Syria,” the pope said on Aug 7 at the end of [...]

Special indulgence given for WYD

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY – Pope Benedict XVI appealed for reconciliation and respect for human rights in Syria and Libya where the governments have used force to try to end pro-democracy protests.“With deep concern, I am following the dramatic and growing episodes of violence in Syria,” the pope said on Aug 7 at the end of [...]