Reflection: Prayers to help the departed seek eternal life

Fr Ignatius Yeo It has become quite common practice for Catholics to display flowers or candles to remember their loved ones who have passed on. This gesture is done almost instinctively to honour their memory and perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. It is expected for all to want to [...]

Questions on the Faith: About cremation

Q: During Bible Study, we discussed what our resurrected bodies would look like and this led to the subject of Catholic burial. Some of us do not understand the Catholic Church’s stand that the cremated ashes of a Catholic can only be kept or deposited on holy ground which today means in a church columbarium. [...]

Pope Francis: Do Not Seek The Living Among The Dead

Vatican City, April 2014 (VIS) – “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?”. With this question Pope Francis began his first catechesis following Holy Week, on the feast of St. George, the Holy Father’s name day. He continued, “How often we look for life among dead things, things that cannot give life, [...]

POEM: The man on the wooden cross

Over the distant hillsThe sky slowly darkens as the thunder came roaring.Heaven shed its tears, in thickness pouring, In Golgotha, on a wooden cross, a Man was nailed.With blood dripping from His Face, He was hailedA King whose Head was crowned with thorns.People danced and jeered, laughed and scornedAt a Man, one winter night, in [...]

Angelus: Why So Much Horror? Why So Many Dead?

Vatican City, 16 September 2012 (VIS) – Having consigned the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, and before praying the Angelus, the Holy Father pronounced some words in which he called on “Mary, Our Lady of Lebanon, around whom both Christians and Muslims gather”, to intercede “for the people of Syria and the neighbouring countries, imploring the gift [...]

Without Holy Spirit, Church is ‘dead bones’

Without the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine cannot be changed into the body and blood of Christ. “That is why the priest says, ‘Send forth your Spirit’,” said Fr William Goh at the Pentecost Rally.Fr Goh, spiritual director of the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE), was speaking to some 1,000 people at the [...]

Catholic minorities minister shot dead

Church leaders in Pakistan have expressed their “deep grief” at yesterday’s assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, federal minister for minorities and announced a three-day period of mourning during which all Christian institutions in the country will remain closed. Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha, chairman of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference, and Rev. Shahid Meraj, vicar of the [...]

Christchurch: 166 dead. 200 still missing

Christchurch (Agenzia Fides) – “’It is like a war zone’ is how more than one reporter has described the streets of Christchurch; others say they just cannot find the words to communicate the widespread destruction,” says Fr Paul Shannahan, sm, National Director of the PMS in New Zealand in a statement sent to Fides.“It is [...]

St Mary’s reaches out to dead man’s family

Straits Times article on Jan 7.The parish of St Mary of the Angels plans to provide some assistance to the family of the man who was found dead in the church compound on Jan 5.Franciscan friars Derrick Yap and John Soh have visited the family of the late Tok Puay Yong to offer their condolences [...]