New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, "Vos estis lux mundi", establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily.

By Andrea Tornielli
"Vos estis lux mundi”. “You are the light of the world… Our Lord Jesus Christ calls every believer to be a shining example of virtue, integrity and holiness”. The Gospel of Matthew provides the title and first words of Pope Francis’ new Motu proprio dedicated to the fight against sexual abuse committed by clerics and religious, as well as the actions or omissions of Bishops and Religious Superiors that in any way interfere with or fail to investigate abuse. The Pope recalls that “the crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful", and mentions the special responsibility of the Successors of the Apostles to prevent these crimes. The document represents another result of the Meeting on the Protection of Minors held in the Vatican in February 2019. It establishes new procedural rules to combat sexual abuse and to ensure that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It establishes universal norms, which apply to the whole Catholic Church.

Archdiocese Statement on the mosque shootings in New Zealand

15 Mar 2019 (Friday) –  The Catholic Church in Singapore stands together with the Muslim community here and all peace-loving people to reject the violence in today’s attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. We are deeply saddened by the carnage. Such deeds remind us of the importance of promoting inter-faith dialogues.We must also never [...]

Ash Wednesday: A reminder that we are dust and unto dust we shall return

FATHER LUKE FONG explains the significance of the ritual

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The placing of ashes makes it clear that every person in the Church is constantly in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

There are many rituals in the Catholic Church which may seem strange or even bizarre to the uninitiated. Looking from the outside, some of these rituals can perhaps come off looking a tad peculiar and almost anomalous to anything that proclaims to be rational and sound.

One of these may be the imposition of ashes on our foreheads once a year, when the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Franciscan deacon feels call to serve poor, work for justice

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Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass. Photo: VITA Images

Bernadette Lee

“You are here not to be served, but to serve.”

This was the message Archbishop William Goh gave to Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass.

The Feb 3 ceremony at the Church of St Mary of the Angels marked the final stage of Deacon Aiden’s preparations for priestly ordination.

Archbishop Goh reminded the friar that as a “minister of the Gospel, he has to show himself “chaste and beyond reproach in his actions” and to bring the message of hope to those who need to hear the voice of God.

WYD Panama: Inspiring and life-changing

Three pilgrims from Novena Church share their unique experiences

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Three pilgrims who recently returned from WYD in Panama shared their experiences. From left: Ms Shalena Louis, Redemptorist Father Francis Vijayan and Ms Sharon Leong.

Jared Ng

Since their return from World Youth Day (WYD) Panama in late January, three pilgrims from the Novena Church contingent are still coming to terms with the surreal and inspiring faith experiences they had.

One of them, Ms Sharon Leong, said she “gained such a wide perspective of the universality of the Church ... seeing pilgrims from all around the world praising God was just inspiring.”

The 36-year-old Youth Minister from the Redemptorist Mission Team shared one particular experience of when she came across the adoration tent among the thousands of other tents occupied by pilgrims.

Inside, “with soft Spanish music playing, people from different countries, in their own languages were having their own moment with Christ. It felt like He was there, preaching to the masses,” she said.

Fr William Heng, CSsR, called to the Lord

Fr William Heng, CSsR, of the Redemptorists in Singapore passed away peacefully on 15 February 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 64. His wake is currently being held in the Scala Room, Basement 2, at the Church of St Alphonsus (Novena Church). His Funeral Mass will be today, 2.30pm at Novena Church followed by [...]

Symposium on divorce, separation, annulment

Can divorced Catholics receive Holy Communion? How should one relate to a brother or sister in Christ who has undergone, or is going through, the pain of divorce?To help the Catholic community have a better understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, separation and annulment, the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) is organising [...]

Dance, colour at Child Jesus devotion

Dancers taking part in the Sinulog celebration.Margaret Alforque-UyIt was a sea of colour and festivity as some 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees congregated at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to honour the Child Jesus.The Festivity of the Señor Santo Niño, held on Jan 27, included a special Mass followed by a special ritual [...]