Reflection: God works miracles for all of us daily

Msgr Philip Heng, SJ God is working “miracles” every day in our lives, but we cannot presume that all of us are in tune with these “miracles”. This is so because we are often too caught up in our own daily work, projects, concerns, busyness and hectic life that we relate to God as though [...]

Archdiocese warns against ‘Charlie Charlie’

A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people.Scores of short video clips, posted mostly by teens, show players shrieking when a pencil apparently moves on its own after [...]

Birth Control (1950)

The strict attitude of the Catholic Church in condemning the practice of birth control acts as setback to many, and especially to intelligent non-Catholics. The official declaration- of Protestant sects have been so bewildering and contradictory in this matter that Protestants in general get no sense of direction whatever from these sources. Propaganda for birth [...]

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 [...]

Vatican applies for control of .catholic domain

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has applied to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and thus decide who is allowed to use it.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s formal application on June 13 [...]

Values: Contraception – Family planning or family avoidance?

In this continuing series on Values, we look at the issue of contraception versus natural family planning (NFP), and their implications on couples and society. IN JUST the last 50 years, contraceptives have changed the world’s perception of birth control. There has been much debate over the use of contraception versus natural family planning (NFP). [...]

Pope hits out on birth control

‘Church teaching on contraception often wrongly understood’USING artificial contraception is a sign of “moral degradation”, the pope said recently. Defending the Church’s ban on artificial birth control, he said contraception “deformed” married love.The pope was speaking to Italian natural family planning instructors at the Vatican. He said the Church would continue to propose a combination [...]

Surgeon: birth control pill a ‘molotov cocktail’ for breast cancer

The International Agency on Research of Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, classified hormonal contraceptives in 2005 as a group one carcinogen along with asbestos and radium. WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2010 ( How often do doctors in America prescribe a Group One carcinogen - one recognized as a “definite” cause of cancer [...]

“Campaign for Life,” to say “no” to birth control policies

Manila (Agenzia Fides) – Demonstrations in all the major cities of the Philippines, public lectures, conferences, liturgies, especially prayer vigils: these are some of the initiatives of the wide-reaching “Campaign for Life” launched in October by the movement “Human Life International” in the Philippines. “The pro-life groups – Fides was told by Rene Bullecer, Director [...]

Birth-control message

WHEN the Pope confronted the sensitive issue of birth control in India, the second most populous nation on earth, he did not cite Church teaching. Instead, he quoted from the works of Mahatma Gandhi, the late Hindu philosopher and activist who is known as the “father of the country” in India. “Moral results can only [...]