Pope Francis Expresses Concern For The Unemployed

Vatican City, 23 April 2014 (VIS) – Following today's general audience, the Holy Father launched an appeal for the workers of the Lucchini steelworks in Piombino, which closed down a few days ago causing mass layoffs. Pope Francis urged them not to despair, remarking that “when human hopes are extinguished, the divine hope that never [...]

The Pope Opens The Gardens Of Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, 4 March 2014 (VIS) – Following a decision by Pope Francis, the gardens of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo will be open to the public starting from this month. Since last Saturday it has been possible to visit the Barberini Garden, with its beautiful natural landscapes and archaeological remains: the Paths of [...]

Family remains ‘fundamental unit of society’ says archbishop

UNITED NATIONS – Despite threats on many sides and prophesies of its extinction, the traditional family remains a vital resource for society, according to speakers at a UN event on Feb 15.The panel was held in conjunction with the 51st session of the UN Commission for Social Development. It was sponsored by the Holy See’s [...]

Man Forgets but God Remains Faithful

“The history of Israel has known exhilarating moments of joy, of fullness of life, of awareness of the presence of God and His salvation… But it has also been marked by episodes of sin, painful periods of darkness and profound affliction. Many were the adversaries from whom the Lord liberated His people.”… The Psalm speaks [...]

Ascension: Christ Remains Present in Human History

The Holy Father also renewed his call to priests to ensure that their “lives and activity are distinguished by a determined witness to the Gospel, and that they may know how to used the communications media to make the life of the Church known and help the men and women of today discover the face [...]

Precautions to be taken at Mass remains unchanged

FATHER PATRICK GOH, chancellor of the Singapore archdiocese, confirmed that instructions issued by Archbishop Nicholas Chia on Apr 30 on the precautions to be taken during Mass are still in force. Parishes are also strongly urged to cancel youth camps, said Father Patrick.The archbishop had instructed that Communion not be given on the tongue, that [...]

St. Padre Pio exhumed in secret midnight ceremony

ROME – Forty years after his death, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed in secret just before midnight on Sun Mar 2. The body was found to be "well-preserved", said the local bishop who supervised the ceremony. "From the beginning, one could see his beard clearly. The top part of the skull is [...]

Catholic heroes’ ashes interred at Holy Spirit columbarium

  SINGAPORE – The remains of Father Anthony Schotte and Bishop Carlo van Melckebeke were installed at Church of the Holy Spirit’s columbarium on Friday Oct 24 following a requiem Mass. Both priests belonged to the CICM, an international religious missionary institute. Father Anthony Schotte founded Church of the Holy Spirit. The Mass was concelebrated [...]

Singapore archbishop’s remains interred in cathedral

SINGAPORE – The remains of Archbishops Michael Olcomendy and Gregory Yong were interred in the walls of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Oct 10. A congregation of some 500 attended the ceremony and a Requiem Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia and 21 priests. In his sermon, Archbishop Chia gave a brief biography [...]