Maris Stella case ‘in court’s hands’

“Our prayers are with those affected by this situation,” said Archbishop Nicholas Chia over reports about a former principal of Maris Stella High School being charged for misappropriating funds. Media reports said that Marist Br Anthony Tan was charged in court on May 19 for allegedly pocketing school funds. In his statement to CatholicNews, Archbishop [...]

How can your family be holy?

Your family can be holy when you choose to love your spouse, children and parents in spite of hurts. Photo: JOAN SOONGOnce I was discussing with a couple that “Scripture says: Be holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). And I continued, “What the verse means is that we are called to holiness, as [...]

A youth digital ministry

Young people working in the Vatican’s Internet office. CNS file photoStudies show that young adults lag behind other demographics in just about every religious activity: attending Mass, reading the Bible, and praying daily among other measures. Parishes have great difficulty reaching them.Yet these same young adults are typically the most savvy with new media. Inviting [...]

Imagining digital parish life in the near future

A young Catholic blogger predicts the benefits and risks of social media for church communities“Please turn off your handphones and other electronic devices.” Millions of Catholics hear this mantra every week before Mass.But imagine a priest instead requesting parishioners to “please, take out your handphones and turn them on.” You would surely hear gasps as [...]

‘Wrong ideas about sex abuse’

A US report highlights misperceptions about clergy sex abuse and gives recommendations on prevention.WASHINGTON – Several commonly held assumptions about clergy sexual abuse of minors are actually misperceptions, says a major study on the problem in the United States.The study, released at the headquarters of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington on May [...]

Small Vatican office has broad reach

VATICAN CITY – As two recent documents illustrate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican.Although it has fewer than 50 employees, whatever any Vatican office does or says having to do with faith and morals is a matter that falls under the congregation.As [...]

Religious continue to offer aid to migrants in Libya

ROME – Despite the worsening crisis in Libya, Religious women and men continue to offer pastoral care and desperately needed services to the country’s many migrants.Many of these migrants who have stayed behind have lost their jobs and have nowhere else to go, which leaves them searching for food, medicine, clothing and most of all, [...]

Bishops ordered to draft guidelines for sex abuse cases

Vatican wants bishops’ conferences to have ‘clear and coordinated procedures’VATICAN CITY – Every bishops’ conference in the world must have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year, says the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.In a letter dated May 3 and released by the Vatican on May [...]

Pope makes historic call to outer space

Pope Benedict speaking to astronauts in the International Space Station via video link. CNS photoVATICAN CITY – A new Vatican instruction urges local Church leaders to respond generously to Catholics who seek celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly known as the Tridentine rite.The instruction, issued on May 13, said pastors [...]

Vatican urges ‘generous’ approval of Tridentine Mass

VATICAN CITY – A new Vatican instruction urges local Church leaders to respond generously to Catholics who seek celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly known as the Tridentine rite.The instruction, issued on May 13, said pastors should approve such Masses even when groups are small or are formed of people [...]