Questions on the Faith: Why did God ‘harden’ Pharaoh’s heart?

Q: I would like to pose the following question in the Questions on the Faith section of CatholicNews. Why did God harden the following characters in the Bible which contradicted His gift of free will? God hardened Pharaoh’s heart which resulted in many dying from devastating plagues (Exodus 9:12). God hardened the hearts of Gentile [...]

Young St Ignatius parishioner meets pope

8-year-old Faith Ng was one of 14 kids chosen to meet the pope over the questions they asked him in a book project. Her mother, Jennifer Tan, shares their amazing experience.  “Dear Pope Francis, why do you need that tall hat?”I had to laugh out loud as I read my daughter’s question to our beloved [...]

Special Stations of the Cross throw light on married life

Close to 60 couples came together to pray a special Stations of the Cross designed for couples to reflect on the Lord’s Passion and how it related to their marriages. Marriage Encounter (ME) designed the special Lenten programme, which was held at the outdoor Stations of the Cross at the Church of the Nativity of [...]

Youths SHINE at poly camp

Seventy-eight young people from various parishes came together for the first Combined Polytechnic Catholic Camp organised by the Office for Young People (OYP). Previously organised by the Combined Polytechnic Catholic Students (CPCS), this was the first time that the students were collaborating with OYP to run the camp, also known as SHINE. “After running away [...]

Youths prepare for WYD

The Office for Young People (OYP) held its first spiritual preparation session on March 12 for those intending to go to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, later this year. OYP will be bringing an archdiocesan contingent of about 170 pilgrims to the Church-organised international event to be held from July 25-31. Archbishop William [...]

OBITUARY: Sr Jean Marie Andrews called to the Lord

Sr Jean Marie Andrews, FMDM, of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood in Singapore, passed away on March 17. She was 85. Sr Jean Marie was born in Penang, Malaysia, on Oct 29, 1930, as the elder of twin girls in a family of seven children. The young Jean Marie was an excellent sportswoman [...]

How meditation can help people through life’s stages

Spiritual maturing and growth requires an ongoing transcendence of the ego. Meditation helps to achieve that so one can experience one’s true self in God through Jesus. This was one important message that Benedictine monk Fr Laurence Freeman shared with more than 700 people who attended a meditation retreat on March 12 and 13. The [...]

Church of Transfiguration starts series of monthly Masses

Leaders and well-wishers of the yet-to-be-built Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) in Punggol gathered to celebrate their very first monthly Mass on Palm Sunday. The March 20 event was held at the school hall of Holy Innocents’ High School on Upper Serangoon Road. The 150-strong congregation sang and waved their palms as the Palm Sunday [...]

Walking barefoot to experience Jesus’ Passion

Neither blistering heat, aching limbs nor a downpour dampened the fervour of some 150 pilgrims who took part in a barefoot Lenten walk across the island on March 19. The event, called Crucis Singapura, was organised by the Jesus Youth movement. This was the sixth year in a row that the group has held the [...]