Obituary: Fr Ignatius Huan called to the Lord

Fr Ignatius Huan (1941-2018)Father Ignatius Huan Kin Kwang, a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Malacca-Johor passed away this morning, 3 December 2018, on the Feast of St Francis Xavier. He was 77. Fr Ignatius had been instrumental in the formation of seminarians in Malaysia and Singapore as the Spiritual Director of College General, Penang, [...]

New bishop ordained for Melaka-Johor diocese

JOHOR BAHRU – Msgr Bernard Paul, formerly a vicar-general of Penang diocese, was ordained a bishop for the Melaka-Johor diocese on Jan 12. Seventeen archbishops and bishops, 200 priests and Religious from the region and 4,000 laypeople attended the ceremony at Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru. Bishop Paul, 62, takes over from Jesuit [...]

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 [...]

Participants learn more about the Eucharist at Focolare event

Johor BAHRU – About 150 Catholics from Singapore, Malaysia and at least 10 other countries learnt more about the Eucharist through talks, testimonies, games and group activities. They attended a Mariapolis (City of Mary) gathering, organised by the Focolare Movement at Majodi Centre, Johor, from May 30-June 1.  Mariapolis began in the 1950s, when the [...]

Pope’s call for Church reform stressed at bishops’ meeting

JOHOR BAHRU – Pope Francis’ call for reform within the Church was emphasised to bishops from around the region during a recent meeting.Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino told the bishops of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei that in the midst of their already demanding work, there is now a new challenge given by the [...]

M’sia diocese aids Sichuan

JOHOR BAHRU – The Melaka- Johor diocese has donated funds to aid quake victims in Sichuan, China.Some 200 people died and 13,484 were wounded, while thousands more left homeless when a powerful earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit China’s Sichuan province in April this year.The April quake occurred just five years after another earthquake rocked the [...]

New M’sian nuncio meets bishops from the region

PLENTONG, JOHOR – In his short time in the region, the first resident Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia says he has discovered a Church that is vibrant, possesses a deep missionary spirit and in solidarity with poorer Churches around the world.Archbishop Joseph Marino, who is also Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, made these remarks at the 92nd [...]

Region’s bishops told to be ‘always welcoming’

JOHOR BARU – The Church has been experiencing an authentic reawakening through the ministry of Pope Francis who has been giving much hope and joy, said the apostolic nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino.He was speaking during the 93rd Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei held in Plentong, Johor, [...]

Change in weekends for JB affects parishes

JOHOR BARU – The change in Johor’s weekends from Saturday-Sunday to Friday-Saturday has led to rescheduling problems for churches in catering to parishioners’ worship and faith education needs. The announcement of the changed weekend was made last November by Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. Churches that are affected are the city parishes where [...]