IRO confers award on archbishop: Recognised for contribution to interfaith harmony in Singapore

New bishop for Penang diocese

Msgr Sebastian Francis (left), vicar general of Melaka-Johor diocese, has been appointed Bishop of Penang, succeeding Bishop Antony Selvanayagam (right). The episcopal ordination is set for Aug 20.JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA – Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr Sebastian Francis, the current vicar general of Melaka-Johor diocese, as the new Bishop of Penang.The Vatican made the [...]

Most bishops’ conferences have drafted abuse policies

VATICAN CITY – The majority of bishops’ conferences in the Americas, Europe and Asia have complied with a Vatican mandate to draw up anti-abuse guidelines, said the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse.Without counting Africa, “more than half of the conferences responded” by the May deadline, Msgr Charles Scicluna of the Congregation for the [...]

Pro-lifers use marathons to fight abortion in US

Runners wear T-shirts with a quote from Jeremiah at the backWASHINGTON – How far would you go to defend life? Life Runners in the US would go about 26.2 miles (42.2 km) a race.Founded in South Dakota by running partners Pat Castle and Rich Reich, Life Runners has been promoting Catholicism and the pro-life movement [...]

Giving boys at risk a chance to shine

The programme at Boys’ Town is geared to bring out the best in boys from disadvantaged or troubled backgrounds.A CASUAL observer might not associate Boys’ Town, best-known as a home for troubled youths, with a rigorous emphasis on education.But Dr Roland Yeow, its deputy director, says: “Our promise is, you’ ll get an education … [...]

A Christian approach to the migration issue

Keep an open mind and heart to the strangers among us, says Alice NahOUR societies are undergoing rapid change. Our shops are stocked with an increasing number of goods assembled and transported from all over the world.The films, television shows and documentaries we watch bring us into the lives of other people and places. Our [...]

Filipino nun fights for the environment

Sr Stella Matutina has been detained by the military and threatened in the course of her work. CNS photoDAVAO, PHILIPPINES – Environmental activism is a dangerous vocation in the Philippines, but a Catholic nun in Mindanao is defying those who want her to return to her convent and stop raising her voice in defence of [...]

Exploring new aspects of creativity in the golden years

WHEN the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who had in effect been exiled from communist Russia, returned to his homeland for a concert, he was 83. The concert hall was sold out. But people gathered outside and opened windows, sat on curbs and sidewalks, and wept as the music poured.The American painter known as Grandma Moses [...]

Growing old together

How does a marriage survive and improve with time, asks Mary Eileen Andreasen OLDER couples must have a secret. Their marriages defy the odds and they are often examples of generosity and kindness for several generations.What do they know that we don’t?I watch older couples with fascination, hoping for insight. I need to learn from [...]

Letter: Legislating dress code is never good

I wish to thank Archbishop Nicholas Chia and the Senate of Priests for coming up with a document that encourages the congregation to act on their dressing for Sunday Mass.Encouraging is his statement, “The Catholic Church is a universal Church, embracing all peoples, cultures and nations. The Catholic community is an inclusive and welcoming community”.The [...]