Dance, colour at Child Jesus devotion

Dancers taking part in the Sinulog celebration.Margaret Alforque-UyIt was a sea of colour and festivity as some 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees congregated at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to honour the Child Jesus.The Festivity of the Señor Santo Niño, held on Jan 27, included a special Mass followed by a special ritual [...]

New pope has to be ‘tireless pilgrim’

… says Archbishop Chia at Mass to mark Pope Francis’ installationPope Francis is “truly an example of simplicity, humility and obedience to the Lord”, said Archbishop Nicholas Chia at a thanksgiving Mass for the new pope’s installation.The new Church leader will “have to be a tireless pilgrim, spending lots of time and energy travelling to [...]

Benedict XVI Arrives In Mexico As A Pilgrim Of Faith, Hope And Love

Vatican City, 24 March 2012 (VIS) – Yesterday at 4.30 p.m. local time (11.30 p.m. in Rome), Benedict XVI landed at the international airport of Guanajuato in the Mexican city of Leon, where he was greeted by Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, president of Mexico, and by Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon. Also present were [...]

I Have Come as a Pilgrim to Santiago

“I am very pleased to be once again in Spain, which has given the world a constellation of great saints, founders and poets, like Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Jesus, John of the Cross, Francis Xavier, among many others; in the twentieth century it raised up new institutions, groups and communities of Christian life and [...]

Pope Visits Portugal as a Pilgrim to the Virgin of Fatima

“The Virgin Mary came from heaven to remind us of the truths of the Gospel which for humankind – lacking in love and without hope of salvation – represent a source of hope. Clearly this hope has as its first and radical dimension, not the horizontal, but the vertical and transcendent relationship. The relationship with [...]

The Pilgrim Church

20 Sep 09, SMOTA Bulletin: This month, the roadmap focuses our reflection on The Pilgrim Church. Vatican II teaches us that while on earth, the Church is a pilgrim. That is, she is living in exile from her heavenly home until all her members are fully united with Christ at the end of time. In [...]

WYD08 Statistics

Pilgrims & Attendance • 70,000 international pilgrims took part in Days of the Diocese throughout Australia during the week before WYD08 • 150,000 attended the Opening Mass at Barangaroo and CBD sites • In excess of 400,000 people attended the Final Mass at Southern Cross Precinct • 500,000 people came out to welcome Pope Benedict [...]

An unforgettable experience

MONTHS BEFORE WORLD Youth Day 2008 (WYD08), a Singaporean friend, who has been living in Sydney for the last eight years, complained to me that the hundreds of thousands of Catholics expected to come to "his city" for the event would cause disruptions and inconveniences to his daily life. During the two weeks that I [...]