Auction in aid of CTIS

A local artist’s reproduction of a 17th-century painting of Mary is being auctioned in aid of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).The gold-framed canvas acrylic painting, measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet (1.2 m by 0.9 m), is a reproduction of Sassoferrato’s Madonna in Prayer, which dates around 1640. The original painting is [...]

On the foot-washing rite

The following article has been released by the Archdiocesan Liturgy CommissionThe foot-washing rite, called the Mandatum was re-introduced into the liturgy by Pope Pius XII in 1955.A circular letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) explains its purpose: “The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this [...]

LETTER: Why footwashing ceremony on Holy Thursday is only for men

For the last several years, a few local parishes have included women in the foot-washing (Mandatum) rite in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.The rubrics of the 1970 Missal, however, specify that only males may be selected.While Pope Francis has washed women’s feet on Holy Thursday, the fact that he has not [...]

The Second Indian Pilgrimage To Rome (1935)

This account has been written Specially for the MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER by a local Catholic who had Joined the pilgrimage. Editor. On the morning of the 22nd February 1934, the S.S. Chontilly left Singapore harbour with myself and three companions. We were pilgrims for Rome and were going with the object of gaining the Holy [...]

Mass “In Cena Domini” At The Don Gnocchi Centre

Vatican City, April 2014 (VIS) – At 5 p.m. the Holy Father left the Vatican for the St. Mary of Providence Centre of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, where at 5.30 p.m. he celebrated Holy Mass “in Cena Domini”, with which the Easter Triduum begins. This Maundy Thursday celebration includes the announcement of the commandment [...]

Timor Leste’s newest diocese struggles to find its feet

MALIANAI, TIMOR LESTE – Timor Leste’s newest diocese is not only struggling to cope with the demands of local people and establishing an infrastructure, it is also trying to address various issues related to its status as a “border diocese”.Established on Jan 30 last year, diocesan officials say being a border jurisdiction with Indonesia throws [...]

Aid to help Pakistan back on its feet: Caritas Internationalis Sec-Gen

SINGAPORE – Helping the people of flood-hit Pakistan to attain sustainable livelihoods is the aim of Caritas Internationalis’ rehabilitation plans in the country, said the organisation’s Secretary General Doctor Lesley Anne-Knight (photo).The body “doesn’t want to be in there distributing food for years”. Instead, “we need to get people standing on their own two feet [...]