Reflection: Knowing God and knowing self

Fr Derrick Yap (second from left) seen here with fellow priests in Rome (from left): Frs Samuel Lim, Jovita Ho, Joseph Zhang and Jeffrey Tan.Friar Derrick Yap, OFM Who are you, Lord, and who am I?I caught myself asking these questions more frequently these last few years. Be it accompanying someone in his or her [...]

Neocatechumenal Way members share experience of meeting pope

Members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand pose for a photo at Tor Vergata, Rome.By Andrew J. Wong About 160 members of the Neocatechumenal Way from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand were in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement with Pope Francis.The Neocatechumenal Way guides Catholics in an itinerary of [...]

Opus Dei group in Rome for congress, Holy week

The Singaporean Opus Dei group poses for a photo in St Peter’s Square. Attending a special congress in Rome was also an opportunity to celebrate Holy Week with Pope Francis for several young Singaporeans active with the Opus Dei.A group of 18 Singaporean students, led by Opus Dei Fr Joe Lopez, attended the UNIV Congress, [...]

Memorable trip to Rome

Pope Francis greets Archbishop William Goh at the Vatican on Feb 8 during his ad limina visit.Meeting Pope Francis was a highlight of a recent trip to Rome for Archbishop William Goh. He was there from Feb 3-12 together with bishops of Malaysia and Brunei for their ad limina visit.This is an obligatory visit that [...]

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). [...]

First cardinal to be appointed in Malaysia

Cardinal-elect Anthony Soter Fernandez is one of the four new cardinals over the age of 80, who are being honoured for their long service to the Church. KUALA LUMPUR – History was made in the Malaysian Church when Pope Francis named Most Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez, Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, as cardinal. The announcement [...]

Marriage Encounter gathers in Rome

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai holding up the offertory gift during a special Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. The couple were selected to represent Asia at the celebration organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Italy.A special Mass was held on Sept 10 in Rome as part of a pilgrimage during the Jubilee Year of [...]

Young St Ignatius parishioner meets pope

8-year-old Faith Ng was one of 14 kids chosen to meet the pope over the questions they asked him in a book project. Her mother, Jennifer Tan, shares their amazing experience.  “Dear Pope Francis, why do you need that tall hat?”I had to laugh out loud as I read my daughter’s question to our beloved [...]

Catholics respond to Vatican survey on family

Promote Church teaching on marriage and the family more vigorously. Offer more pastoral care to single parents and people experiencing same-sex attraction.These were some suggestions offered by Catholics who took part in an online survey conducted by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) in February.The survey sought feedback from priests, Religious, laypeople and organisations [...]