New head appointed for Melaka-Johor diocese

JOHOR BAHRU – Pope Francis has appointed Msgr Bernard Paul, 62, as bishop-elect of Melaka-Johor diocese.Msgr Bernard Paul is currently the parish priest of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and a vicar-general of Penang diocese.He will take over from Jesuit Bishop Paul Tan, who has headed the Melaka-Johor diocese since 2003.Msgr Bernard said that [...]

Committee to help revamp Vatican communications

VATICAN CITY – Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee – which includes former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo – to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and [...]

Girls shave their locks to support cancer sufferers

Seven girls and more than 100 boys and male teachers of St Joseph’s Institution International shaved their heads in a show of solidarity with children suffering from cancer.The June 11 event was organised as part of Hair for Hope, a fundraiser of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. In addition, 60 girls, along with one mother and [...]

Opus Dei head visits Singapore

You can be saints in your ordinary lives just by doing God’s will daily.This was a message that Bishop Javier Echevarría, head of the worldwide Opus Dei organisation, told about 1,000 people gathered at the Raffles City Convention Centre on May 17.Bishop Javier, who was on a three-day visit, told the 1,000 people present – [...]

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 [...]

Francis To The Faithful: Help Your Pastors Not To Be Mediocre

Vatican City, 26 March 2014 (VIS) – “The Sacraments of the Holy Orders and Matrimony, two specific vocations and two great paths to the Lord” were the theme of the Holy Father’s catechesis during today’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square. “The ministers who are chosen and consecrated for this service prolong Jesus’ presence over [...]

Archbishop Goh takes over as head of archdiocese

Plans to spend first year visiting parishes, religious institutions and organisations“Assuming the Office of Archbishop is something I have never aspired to or even thought of in my pastoral vision,” says Archbishop William Goh, the new head of the Catholic Church in Singapore.“However, I accept it in humility and in obedience to the will of [...]

Families head to the Philippines for Advent mission work

“Mission trips can be so fun and enriching!” said Sophia Goh, 12, from the Church of the Holy Cross, “I didn’t expect it to be so awesome. The kids I met brought smiles to my face every waking hour. I realised that we are truly blessed in Singapore.”Goh was among the 42 participants, consisting of [...]