Vatican rolls out 3 initiatives to stop sexual abuse of minors

Three initiatives have been rolled out following the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting, held in the Vatican from Feb 21-24.

The initiatives – centred around the protection of children and to combat abuse – were announced by Father Federico Lombardi, Moderator of the meeting, at a press briefing.
They are:

- The imminent publication of a Motu proprio (an official order issued by the Holy Father) by the Pope, providing rules and regulations to safeguard minors and vulnerable adults within Vatican City State.

Pauline Sisters to hold workshops on faith, media

Our world is completely wired and often we cannot see the real connections. And it is not only young people who spend hours using social media every day, more and more adults are joining social media sites. Even Pope Francis tweets!So how do we live our life of faith in today’s digital world?Sisters Rose Pacatte [...]

Dioceses shares insights and issues in the new media

Group photo of participants and supporters who attended the Regional Commission for Social Communications Meeting in Sabah.  Photo: ARCHDIOCESE OF KUALA LUMPURThe dioceses in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei will be working closer to exchange information and learn from each other’s experiences in the age of digital communications.The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur is looking at setting [...]

Much-loved friar returns to S’pore to mark jubilee

Franciscan friar George Boggs helped to set up St Mary of the Angels and produced many Catholic Junior College musicalsBr George Boggs speaking at his diamond jubilee celebration.Raphael PhangIt was a joyful reunion for Australian friar George Boggs and his Singaporean friends as the 81-year-old celebrated his diamond jubilee on June 30.Catholic Junior College (CJC) [...]

Vatican envoy encourages region’s bishops ahead of their Rome visit

The bishops of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei discuss upcoming trip to visit pope and major Vatican officesParticipants at the bishops’ conference meeting. Seated from left: Archbishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop William Goh (Singapore), Bishop Sebastian Francis (Penang), Archbishop Joseph Marino (Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia), Archbishop Julian Leow (Kuala Lumpur) and Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu). [...]

Jesuit leader visits S’pore, discusses issues facing Church

Fr Arturo Sosa met with Jesuits and their lay collaborators during his first visit to this part of the worldFr Arturo Sosa meeting parishioners of the Jesuit-run Church of St Ignatius after Mass.By Fr Gregory Tan, SJIt was an exciting time for the Jesuits of the region and their partners in mission as Fr Arturo [...]

Asian Catholic journalists learn about ‘fake news’

Catholic journalists from Asia recently attended a special meeting for communicators held in Kuala LumpurParticipants listen as Mr Alan John, former deputy editor of The Straits Times, speaks at the SIGNIS meeting. Photo: SIGNISYou may have read it somewhere, but it is untrue. Reports such as that of a Singapore food stall selling plastic rice, and [...]

Pontifical Mission Societies’ directors discuss Pope Francis’ message

Directors of the region’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) reflected on Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday during their recent annual meeting.The PMS is the official missionary arm of the Catholic Church charged with the work of evangelisation and charitable works throughout the world.In his message for World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on [...]

Church sets up communications volunteers team

Ahead of World Communications Sunday 2016, the Archdiocese Communications Office (ArchComms) sent out a call to rally members of the faithful to come forward to use their gifts and talents for the good of the Church and the New Evangelisation. On June 8, ArchComms called for the inaugural meeting of VITA (Volunteers In The Archdiocese), [...]