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 [...]

Church support for the divorced

The Marriage Tribunal assists those wanting to live in a sacramental unionFailure is something that most of us are not predisposed to in meritocratic Singapore. From the earliest years of our existence, we have been oriented towards achieving higher standards and being “the best”. For most of us, being successful means having a good paying [...]

Regarding The Case Of Maria Hertogh…

It is highly regrettable that the undue prominence given in the Press to the sad case of Maria Hertogh has thrown it out of its true perspective. Though we greatly deplore those sections of the Press that have exploited this topic for news, we are not without a good word for those others who see [...]


In the case of a boy, off comes the hat. In the case of a girl, On goes the hat. This custom was established from the earliest days of the Church and is a nice custom that prevails today.Next, bless yourself with Holy Water. Holy Water is a Sacramental and blessing ourselves with it is [...]

Now able to care for people’s feelings

Although she had agreed to attend the RCIA programme at the Church of St Stephen, Ms Seraphina Peh said only joined to learn more about the faith and was not looking to be baptised. She attributed this to her stubbornness and her need to be convinced. However, her attitude changed after her parents fell ill [...]

Developments in blasphemy case ‘will boost public trust’

VATICAN CITY – The recent turn of events surrounding a blasphemy case against a Christian Pakistani girl “will boost public trust in the judiciary of this country” said her lawyer.“This is the first time a false accuser has been arrested. We thank clerics, media and the nation for supporting the cause,” said Mr Tahir Naveed [...]

First Hearing Of The Accused In The “Vatileaks” Case

Vatican City, 17 September 2012 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office today released the following communique. "Giuseppe della Torre, president of the Tribunal of Vatican City State, today issued a decree ruling that the first hearing of the trial of Paolo Gabriele and Claudio Sciarpelletti, will take place at 9.30 a.m. on 29 September. [...]

Holy See Press Office Director Speaks About The Orlandi Case

Vatican City, 14 April 2012 (VIS) – Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. today issued a note concerning news which has appeared recently in Italian media outlets about the Vatican and the Emanuela Orlandi case. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of an employee of Vatican City State and herself a Vatican citizen, disappeared [...]