Restoring the treasures of the Vatican Museums

   The Madonna della Cintola before restoration (left) and after restoration.Which is more amazing – Michelangelo’s artworks in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel or how the frescoes there were restored? For Father Kevin Lixey, the International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums (PAVM), the restoration process is “almost as fascinating as [...]

Changes in The Catholic News

YOU now have in your hands the first issue of The Catholic News in 2002. We hope you will enjoy its improved masthead and eight full colour pages as much as we did editing and laying them out for you.In the forthcoming issues, you can expect more inspiring articles on living our Catholic faith as [...]

CONCERT REVIEW: Eastern melodies with western harmonies

It was a concert out of the ordinary as contemplative prayer took centre stage.Fr Ricky Manalo’s opening hymn, the haunting Be Still and Know I’m Here, was a crowd favourite. Performing at the Spirit and Grace Jan 23 evening concert at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, he was joined by a choir [...]

Asian Marriage Encounter teams share challenges, joys, directions

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) teams from around Asia discussed the direction their movement would take and shared their joys and challenges at a conference in Singapore recently.Thirty-nine members of National Ecclesial Teams (NET), each of which comprise a co-ordinating couple and priest, met from Sept 6-12 at the Marriage Encounter House in Punggol for the [...]

How the Asian Youth Day inspired us

Seeing the pope, and experiencing Church unity and Korean hospitality were among the memories of S’pore CatholicsAt the 6th Asian Youth Day (AYD), 48 pilgrims from Singapore learnt about the stories of the Korean martyrs, trod the path of persecution, met with Pope Francis, and shared in the joyful celebration of Catholics gathering from many [...]

Spiritual preparations for Asian Youth Day in Korea

On June 26, close to 50 youths gathered at the Office for Young People (OYP) at Lorong Low Koon, to begin spiritual preparations for their pilgrimage to South Korea for the sixth Asian Youth Day to be held from Aug 9-18.  The night began with some icebreakers to help pilgrims get to know each other. [...]

The Pope To Travel To Korea In August

Vatican City, 10 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy See Press Office issued a press release to communicate that the Holy Father Francis will travel to the Republic of Korea from 14-18 August, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, which will take place in the diocese of Daejeon.

Asian Church leaders react to pope’s resignation

Some express sadness and admiration, others hope for changeChurch leaders in Asia have expressed sadness, shock and admiration in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he would step down as pontiff – the first to do so since Pope Gregory XII stepped down in 1415.In a statement to the CatholicNews, Archbishop Nicholas Chia [...]

Asian domestics most badly treated: report

MANILA – Domestic workers in Asia receive among the worst treatment globally, according to a report released on Jan 9 by the International Labour Organization.Of the 21.5 million domestic workers in the Asia-Pacific, only three percent are entitled to a weekly day of rest against around half of all the butlers, maids and gardeners employed [...]