MAY 4, 2014, Vol 64, No 09
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has expressed sorrow over Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing with 239 passengers and flight crew on board, and the recent Korean ferry tragedy.
Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in a letter to Fr Eugene Benedict, airport chaplain of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, said:
“I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and in the name of the entire staff of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, I wish to express our closeness in prayer and in the spirit of Christian solidarity. In a particular way, I think of the family and friends of those passengers and flight crew lost.”
As he waits more reliable information on the incident, “I place the entire situation into the hands of God, the Father of Mercy, for whom nothing is lost. May He be the guide and comfort for all in these hours of loss and grief,” he added.
VATICAN CITY – The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a Roman Pontiff has travelled to the country since Pope John Paul II went 25 years ago.
“Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you” is the motto, taken from Isaiah 60:1, for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which will take place from Aug 14-18.
According to an April 8 article published on the Vatican Radio website, the motto and logo were officially presented to the Holy See by members of the Korean Bishop’s Conference, who are organising the trip and were in Rome recently to finalise details.
The logo features two intertwining flames, one red and the other blue, which rise from two light blue waves representing a boat.
Indicating the two Koreas, the flames wind together in order to emphasise a desire for the reunification of the two nations, Vatican Radio reported, and the blue waves that form the boat represent knife blades, a symbol of the sacrifice the Korean martyrs made for the Church.
The French Catholic community in Singapore started about 20 years ago with only 50 people. Today, it has grown to about 500 families.
The current chaplain of the community is Fr Ivan Ponsonnet, 52, a Paris Foreign Missions (MEP) priest. There are currently 11 MEP priests in Singapore.
Fr Ivan, who has been in Singapore since September 2012, said he sees his role as helping the community members to “learn how to work together [and] keep them in harmony”, as the people “come from different origins” and there is a “mix of different Church styles”.
Easter this year was very special for the Canossian Sisters as Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob was the special guest during the Sisters’ Easter get-together at St Joseph’s Home (SJH) on April 20.
She had always expressed her desire to meet the Canossian Sisters ever since she met Sr Theresa Seow, the Provincial Leader at various functions in the social service sector.
In her welcome address, Sr Theresa said, “The Canossian Sisters are meeting and welcoming a sister from the Abrahamic faith into our community.”
Madam Halimah is also MP of the Bukit Batok East Division to which the Sisters located at Canossian Convent in Jalan Merbok belong. Sr Theresa commented that Madam Halimah is one MP who does a lot of visiting of families.
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