Questions on the Faith: On a dress code for altar servers, lectors

Should there be a uniform dress code for altar servers and lectors? Q: As a cradle born Catholic in Singapore, I have visited almost all the different parishes scattered across Singapore and it is rather perturbing that all the parishes have different standards for altar servers and lectors. Some parishes require their altar servers to [...]

The Rules Of Rugby Put Into Practice In The Field Of Life

Vatican City, 22 November 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father received in audience the managers and athletes of the national rugby teams of Argentina and Italy. Pope Francis described rugby as a very likeable sport, since “it is a tough sport, with a lot [...]

New rules to strengthen charities’ Catholic identity

VATICAN CITY – Warning that Catholic charitable activity must not become “just another form of organised social assistance”, Pope Benedict XVI issued new rules to strengthen the religious identity of Catholic charities and ensure that their activities conform to Church teaching.The pope’s apostolic letter on the “service of charity”, issued “motu proprio” (on his own [...]

Published: rules for verification of Marian apparitions

VATICAN CITY – To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin.More than 1,500 visions of Mary have been reported around the world, but in the past century only nine cases have received church approval as [...]

Letter: Common set of rules needed

Singaporeans now travel widely. We visit churches around the world.I attended a 150th anniversary celebration of the Catholic faith coming to Papua New Guinea two years ago, in which many tribes attended.Those from towns wore shoes, those from mountains only flip top slippers, and many were even without footwear. Many were also bare-bodied – men, [...]

Archbishop’s Message: Updating of columbarium rules and contracts

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,The subject of a deceased loved one’s remains is a very sensitive one, and as Catholics in Singapore, we value the attention shown by our Church columbaria in ensuring that these remains receive the utmost care and respect.It is in this context of ensuring the continued care and consideration for [...]

Healthcare Cannot Divorce Itself from Moral Rules

“Justice is promoted when we welcome the life of others and take responsibility for them, answering their expectations because in them we see the face of the Son of God, Who became man for us. The divine image impressed in the features of our brothers and sisters is the basis of the exalted dignity of [...]

No conflict between Church teaching and government rules

Religious leaders in Singapore agree with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech on religious harmony, writes Sister Theresa SeowIN THE PAST 60 years, leaders from many religious organisations have quietly contributed to the making of the Inter-Religious Organisation’s (IRO) history but their contribution to religious harmony was largely unknown to the public [...]

Rules of engagement between secular and religious ideas

Our previous article on “AWARE and the Principle of Participation” has attracted several comments and queries. This article by Father David Garcia, a moral theologian, looks deeper into the issue of the separation of state and Church. The AWARE saga has taught us a few lessons but also left some unanswered questions. Do religions have [...]