Pope signs measures to guarantee financial transparency

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has instituted a new agency to monitor all Vatican financial operations and make sure they meet international norms against money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.The pope issued an apostolic letter on Dec 30 that established the Financial Information Authority as an independent agency to oversee the monetary and commercial [...]

Philippine bishop rejects Aquino’s gambling-sourced fund

MANILA – A bishop in the northern Philippine city of Baguio has rejected President Benigno Aquino III’s offer of using gambling money for economic development.“I told President Aquino we oppose casino and all forms of gambling,” said Bishop Carlito Cenzon of Baguio in an interview with Church-run Radio Veritas 846.Bishop Cenzon said the president (right) [...]

Three Anglican bishops received into Catholic Church in London

A canon prays in a Westminster Cathedral chapel. Three Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church during Mass at this cathedral. CNS file photoLONDON – Three former Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church just hours after they officially gave up their ministries in the Church of England.Bishops Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet, John [...]

Japan’s bishops want Neocatechumenal Way to stop work

VATICAN CITY – Citing years of “trouble”, Japan’s Catholic bishops have asked the Neocatechumenal Way to cease activities in the country for the next five years.Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki told Catholic News Agency on Dec 15 that the bishops’ proposal, made directly to the Way’s founder, Kiko Arguello, has so far not been [...]

Classical singer holds charity Christmas concert

Father Stephen Yim plays the saxophone, accompanied by Jeremy Fernandez on the piano at the Church of Christ the King concert.His talent for classical singing has led him to perform several recitals and concerts at the Arts House, Esplanade and Young Musician’s Society.But for Christmas last year, musician Daniel Fong, a 22-year-old undergraduate, decided to [...]

IHM priest collapses while jogging

Fr William Lim (right), parish priest of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, collapsed on Jan 3 morning while jogging at the Serangoon stadium, said assistant priest Fr Stanislaus Pang.Fellow joggers revived the 58-year-old priest and rushed him to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Doctors say he needs a triple bypass and are working [...]

Canossian jubilarians

From left: Canossian Srs Marcellina Fumagalli, Rose Low and Jane Chong at their jubilee celebration at the Church of St Stephen on Jan 2. Sr Fumagalli celebrated 60 years as a Religious while the other two nuns celebrated 25 years.Wanted to be a missionary at age of 6“You find happiness where you are … although [...]

Church agency targets at-risk youths

Youth workers Charlene Heng and Philip Ong say they have been stared at by hostile-looking youths when they talk to other young people at a hawker centre or coffeeshop.  Special programme helps YouthReach identify those involved in gang-related activitiesYouthReach, a Church-run youth service agency, is now working with the police to reach out to young [...]