St Joseph’s Church parishioners receive papal honours

Two pioneer parishioners of St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) have been awarded the papal Benemerenti medal for their devoted service to the parish community. Mr Augustine Pereira, 85, and Prof James Newton Boss, 67, were presented with the award by apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli at a Mass on Oct 31.The papal honour was instituted [...]

Singapore-based choristers sing in Manila papal Mass

Singapore residents take part in Pope Francis’ Jan 13-19 visit to the Philippines and Sri LankaSurprises. We experienced our fair share of these on the road to and at the exhilarating and faith-enriching visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.We were invited last August to be part of the 1,000-member choir for the pope’s closing [...]

The Voice Of Popes: Digitising The Vatican Radio Archive

Vatican City, 27 March 2014 (VIS) – On Tuesday, 1 April, in Vatican Radio’s Sala Marconi, there will be a presentation of “The Voice of the Popes”, Vatican Radio’s digital archive which brings together the voices of the popes who have succeeded to the see of St. Peter since 1931, the year in which the [...]

First Sermon Of Lent

Vatican City, 14 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning at 9 a.m., in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., preacher of the Papal Household, pronounced the first sermon of Lent on the theme “On the shoulders of giants – the great truths of our faith contemplated by the Fathers of the Latin [...]

Liturgical Celebrations Presided By Pope Francis: March-April 2014

Vatican City, 27 February 2014 (VIS) – The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has made public the calendar of celebrations that are due to be presided over by the Holy Father Francis in March and April 2014: MARCH – Wednesday 5, Ash Wednesday. At 4:30 p.m. in the Basilica of Sant’Anselmo: “statio” [...]

Papal And Holy See Highlights For September – December 2013

Vatican City, 13 December 2013 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of September to December 2013. SEPTEMBER 2: Beatification, in Messina, Italy, of Antonio Franco, ordinary prelate of Santa Lucia del Mela who lived between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 2: [...]

Papal And Holy See Highlights For May-July 2013

Vatican City, 31 July 2013 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of May to July 2013. MAY 2: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI returns to the Vatican after a two month stay in the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, and takes up [...]

Francis Speaks To Journalists On Board Papal Flight

Vatican City, 30 July 2013 (VIS) – On the return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, Pope Francis spoke for around an hour and half with the journalists accompanying him on his journey. The questions and answers were all impromptu, and the Pope answered all the questioned posed, on matters ranging from his personal [...]

Papal And Holy See Highlights For January-April 2013

Vatican City, 30 July 2013 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of January to April 2013. JANUARY 7: Video-message from the Holy Father Benedict XVI on the occasion of the National Congress of the Church in Cambodia on the theme of [...]