Poetry and prayer: making the connection

Writing creatively, especially the writing of poetry, can help one connect with God even when one is not consciously doing so.This was a point stressed by acclaimed Singapore poet, Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, at a full-day workshop held at CANA – The Catholic Centre on Sept 26.The workshop, titled On Earth as it is [...]

Filipinos, locals celebrate El Shaddai anniversary

Some 2,500 people, mostly Filipinos, celebrated the 24th anniversary of the El Shaddai movement in Singapore.The event, which was also attended by locals, was held at D’Marque, Downtown East in Pasir Ris on Sept 27. It included a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh and several priests.Mr Mariano “Mike” Velarde, founder of El Shaddai, [...]

Moving forward after the 1987 ‘Marxist conspiracy’

Forgiveness is the only way, says archbishop at Fr Arotcarena’s memorial MassDuring a memorial Mass for the late French priest Fr Guillaume Arotcarena, Archbishop William Goh praised him for championing the rights of migrant workers and his compassion towards the poor and marginalised.“The Church is proud of all of those people who have contributed their [...]

Saints are our ‘spiritual pacers’

Young Catholics from across Singapore got together to worship and enjoy fellowship with one another at a special event organised by the Office for People (OYP). The fourth Nox Gaudii (Night of Joy), which had the theme Walking with the Saints, attracted about 400 youths to the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre at Lorong Low Koon [...]

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 Church has ‘to find a new balance’

Otherwise it risks losing the ‘freshness’ of the Gospel, says popeVATICAN CITY – In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of over-emphasising Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics; the reasons for his deliberate and consultative governing style; and his highest priority for the Church today.The pope’s [...]

Proclaim love of God ‘to younger generation’

The priesthood demands sacrifice but it is a very rewarding vocation, said Archbishop Nicholas Chia.“I have been a priest for over 48 years and although sacrifices and crosses are not lacking, there is a great joy in sharing the Word of God,” said the archbishop during a Mass to mark the 49th World Day of [...]