Telegram Of Condolences For The Victims Of Valparaiso

Vatican City, 15 April 2014 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father, sent a telegram of condolences to Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso, Chile, for the fire that over the last 48 hours has devastated the nearby forest, spreading to various zones of [...]

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking Is A Wound To Humanity

Vatican City, 10 April 2014 (VIS) An open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity: the Holy Father thus described human trafficking in his English-language address to the participants in the Second International Conference on Combating Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement [...]

The Pope Gives A Pocket-Sized Gospel: Freely Receive, Freely Give!

Vatican City, 5 April 2014 (VIS) – Following today’s Angelus, the Pope prayed a Hail Mary for the Tutsi victims of the genocide that devastated Rwanda twenty years ago. He encouraged the Rwandan people to “continue with determination and hope the process of reconciliation that has already borne fruit, and in your commitment to the [...]

Police And Church Unite To Combat Human Trafficking

Vatican City, 4 April 2014 (VIS) – The second international conference on “Combating Human Trafficking: Church and law enforcement in partnership” will take place on 9 and 10 April in the Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. The event is being organised by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and is chaired by Cardinal [...]

The Pope Prays For The Passengers Of The Missing Malaysian Airliner

Vatican City, 16 March 2014 (VIS) – Following today's Angelus prayer, the Holy Father called for prayers for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysian airliner, and for their families and loved ones. Pope Francis also addressed the members of the Pope John XXIII Community, founded by the Italian priest Oreste Benzi, and mentioned [...]

Pope Francis Close To The Victims Of The Mafia

Vatican City, 15 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father will visit the parish of San Gregorio VII in Rome on Friday 21 March to meet with the participants in a meeting organised by the “Libera” Foundation, presided by Don Luigi Ciotti. The meeting is dedicated to relatives of the victims of the mafia and [...]

Archdiocese prays for Philippine calamity victims

Singaporean Catholics showed their solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and the preceding Bohol earthquake in the Philippines at an archdiocese-wide Mass on Nov 26.The local Catholics made up most of the 500-strong crowd, which included Philippine ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz and other Philippine nationals. […]

CHARIS aids Cambodian flood victims

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) deployed a mission team of one staff and three volunteers to Kompong Thom in central Cambodia from Nov 7-13.In September this year, heavy monsoon rains caused massive flooding in 17 of Cambodia’s 23 provinces.More than 1.7 million people were affected by the floods, including 188 people who [...]

Filipinos, S’poreans unite to aid typhoon victims

St Vincent de Paul Church holds special Mass as Filipinos mobilise to help countrymen. Darren Boon reportsParishes across Singapore prayed for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and collected funds and material aid to send to the survivors of one of the worst storms in the Philippines.“Every one of us is a brother and sister in [...]