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INSIDE HOME Charities Week collection VATICAN CITY â€“ Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. â€œMore than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,â€? the pope said on June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. â€œThat is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.â€? The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an â€œinvocation for peaceâ€? for the Holy Land. He had invited them to the Vatican for this during his visit to the region two weeks earlier. â€œI was young, now I am old. I experienced war, I tasted peace,â€? Mr Peres said in an English portion of his statement. â€œNever will I forget the bereaved families, parents and children, who paid the cost of war. And all my life I shall never stop to act for peace for the generations to come. Letâ€™s all of us join hands and make it happen.â€? $FFRUGLQJWRDQRIÂżFLDOWUDQVlation of Mr Abbasâ€™ prepared Arabic text, the Palestinian president said: â€œWe want peace for us and for our neighbours. We seek prosperity and peace of mind for ourselves and for others alike.â€? The event, at which Christians, Muslims and Jews prayed in each otherâ€™s presence, was alPRVWFHUWDLQO\WKHÂżUVWRILWVNLQG at the Vatican, according to Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, director of WKH+RO\6HH3UHVV2IÂżFH The starting time of 7 pm had been chosen in part to avoid the midday heat, yet temperatures were still high less than an hour
About $5.6 million raised Â„ Page 2
JY Pillay appointed to Vatican agency Shares his thoughts on his role Â„ Page 7
Girls shave their locks for cause SJI Independent students aid cancer sufferers Â„ Page 8
ASIA Cardinal marches for democracy Protests against Chinaâ€™s control over HK Â„ Page 10 Pope Francis looks on as Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace during an invocation for peace in the Vatican Gardens. CNS photo
The event, at which Christians, Muslims and Jews prayed in each otherâ€™s presence, ZDVDOPRVWFHUWDLQO\WKHÂżUVWRILWVNLQGDW WKH9DWLFDQVDLGWKH+RO\6HH3UHVV2IÂżFH earlier, when Mr Peres arrived by car at the Vatican guesthouse, where the pope lives. Mr Abbas arrived at 6.30 pm, and 15 minutes later the two presidents embraced in the presence of the pope. â€œNice to see you,â€? the two presidents told each other in English. Joining the group was Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
of Constantinople, whom Fr Lombardi had described as one of the eventâ€™s â€œfour protagonistsâ€?, and Franciscan Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the custos or coordinator of the reception of pilgrims to the Christian sites in the Holy Land, and principal coordinator of the event. 7KHÂżYHPHQURGHWRJHWKHULQ a white minivan the short distance to the site of the ceremony, a tri-
angular swathe of lawn walled off by tall hedges along two sides. The setting had been chosen, according to Fr Lombardi, because of its â€œneutralâ€? appearance, lacking in religious imagery. Pope Francis and the two presidents sat at the corner of the triangle where the two hedges met. Members of the Palestinian and Israeli delegations and guests of Pope Francis read a selection of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, in order of their religionsâ€™ historical precedence. Each set of prayers praised God for creation, begged forgiveness of sins and asked for peace in the Holy Land. Â„ Continued on Page 16
POPE FRANCIS Pontiff gives another wideranging interview Speaks on world economy, extremism, personal safety Â„ Page 16
JUBILARIANS Honouring priests and Religious marking their milestone anniversaries Â„ Page 20-22
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$5.6m for Charities Week Even with many fundraising projects in parishes and in the wider Catholic community, Catholics in Singapore continued to give generously for Charities Week 2014, topping donations collected last year. According to Caritas Singapore, which organises the annual archdiocesan fundraising campaign, contributions this year totalled $5,585,771. This money will help the less fortunate. Said Caritas Singaporeâ€™s executive director, Ms Bernadette Lau: â€œCatholics continue to be generous in their giving. Despite the many fundraising activities in
the Catholic community, ChariWLHV :HHN FRQWLQXHV WR EHQHÂżW from their support. â€œThis year, we raised slightly over $5.5 million in Charities :HHNZKLFKLVÂżYHSHUFHQWPRUH than what was raised last year. We want to thank our fellow Catholics for their generosity and support.â€? Charities Week provides much needed funding to the 23 Catholic charities and organisations under the umbrella of Caritas Singapore, the social mission arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore. These groups, which serve PRUH WKDQ EHQHÂżFLDULHV
in total, include Catholic Welfare Services, Family Life Society, Catholic AIDS Response Effort, Morning Star Community Services, Roman Catholic Prison Ministry and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. Caritas Singapore says that even as Charities Week 2014 draws to a close for this year, donations are still welcomed throughout the year. Those who would like to donate can make a cheque payable to â€œCaritas Singaporeâ€? and mail it to 55 Waterloo Street #08-01, Singapore 187954. Â„
Coming up: Archbishopâ€™s Cup Catholics are invited to support altar servers from 14 parishes who will be participating in the upcoming Archbishopâ€™s Cup. The annual football tournament, organised for the altar servers of the Singapore archdiocese, will be held at SAFRA 7DPSLQHVÂśIXWVDOÂżHOGVRQ-XQH 28. Thirty-six teams, with participants ranging in age from nine to 18, will take part in three age categories â€“ 13 and under, 16 and under, and 19 and under.
The annual event aims to bond young Catholics from various churches, enhance team
building through the competitive nature of the tournament, as well as promote an active lifestyle. This year, the Altar Serverâ€™s Societies of the East District, namely Church of the Holy Family, Church of Divine Mercy, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, will co-host the Archbishopâ€™s Cup 2014. The event will last from 9 am-6 pm. Â„
Sunday June 29, 2014 CatholicNews
Bible stories come alive for religious educators Teachers, catechists and parent volunteers who took part in a religious education programme recently gave it the thumbs up. “I learnt methods of making Bible stories come alive, giving students the opportunity to actively participate,” said Mr Anthony Xavier, a parent volunteer at St Stephen’s and St Patrick’s schools. Ms Yvone Yagappan from St Francis Xavier Kindergarten commented, “It was entertaining, spiritual, and has put me and others on µ¿UH¶WRJRDQGGRWKHVDPHLQRXU school!” Mr Xavier and Ms Yagappan were among the 40 participants who attended the June 2-5 programme called REAP (Religious Education Access Programme), organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS). REAP connects art, drama, music and literature with religious education. It aims to equip teachers and catechists to engage children in a creative learning journey
about the Bible and Church teachings. $¿YHPHPEHUWHDPRIVHQLRU religious education trainers from the Brisbane Catholic Education 2I¿FH%&(2 LQ$XVWUDOLDIDFLOLtated the programme, which was held at the Church of the Nativity Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Learning to pray using an application.
Participants of the Religious Education Access Programme use pictures to learn how the different Gospels contain different perspectives.
Over the four days, participants immersed themselves in activities which saw them prayerfully meditate on the stories of the bible. One parent volunteer, Ms Lisa Ho from SJI Junior, commented that she enjoyed one segment called the Labyrinth Activity. “It is useful to teach kids that the path to a goal is not always straight,” she said. “We can get ORVWDQG¿QGRXUZD\DURXQGDQG get back on track.” Ms Catherine Ong, a catechist from the Church of St Ignatius, shared: “From REAP, I have once again been touched by how rich
and beautiful our Catholic faith is, and I am very excited to share all that I have learnt with the children that I catechise.” Participants also welcomed the suggestion of forming social networking groups using applications such as WhatsApp or Facebook. A teacher exchange programme with the Brisbane &DWKROLF (GXFDWLRQ 2I¿FH LV scheduled for 2015. As a followup to the recent REAP programme, ACCS says it will facilitate regular workshops
and programmes for capacity building in religious education. These would be further sustained through social media platforms for educators across the various schools and parishes. REAP is part of the curriculum in Brisbane archdiocese to train teachers in religious education to give them a strong foundation in Church teaching, theology and liturgy. It was introduced to Singapore in 2012 through a collaboration between ACCS and BCEO.
Sunday June 29, 2014 CatholicNews
The crowd at the Pentecost Rally on June 7. Photos: MIRLANI BUDISETIA
Charismatics gather for annual Pentecost Rally By Vincent Especkerman Charismatic Catholics packed the Church of the Risen Christ on June 7 for a rousing Pentecost Rally and Mass. In his message for the rally, Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira told the Charismatic communities from the various parishes and institutions that Christians need the Holy Spirit to breathe life into their work and ministries. Otherwise, they would just be like the “dry bones” mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel, he said, during the celebration organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE). Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the sunset
Mass, shared that his vision is to create a more dynamic and evangelical Catholic Church in Singapore. He stressed that “vision” is different from “ambition”, which is about personal achievement. Vision is about doing the work of God as inspired by the Holy Spirit, he said. Archbishop Goh, who concelebrated the Mass with SACCRE spiritual director Carmelite Fr Tom Curran and former SACCRE spiritual director Fr Pereira, noted that people nowadays are selfcentric. This results in the loss of values, such as a lack of respect for ecology, resorting to abortion when having a baby is seen as inconvenient, and to euthanasia
when the elderly are regarded as useless. Christians do not live only for the present; they live for eternity, so they have to offer a wider vision of life for the rest of humanity, said Archbishop Goh. He noted that people are looking for more authentic freedom which only the Holy Spirit can give. He said that Charismatics are doing a good job of creating a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit working in people. Mr Tony Tan, a Risen Christ parishioner, told CatholicNews he felt the joy and the power of the Holy Spirit at the rally. “I felt the Holy Spirit calling us to spread the joy of the salvation won for us by Christ Jesus,” he said.
Archbishop William Goh speaking at the Mass.
Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira at the rally.
Sunday June 29, 2014 CatholicNews
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Serving typhoon-hit villagers By Eugene Siow A group of volunteers from an Opus Dei centre in Singapore spent more than a week installing solar and wind power systems for Philippine villagers affected by Typhoon Haiyan. From May 25-June 2, the group from the Ravenahl centreâ€“ comprising eight students and young professionals, two university lecturers, and a priest, Fr Jose Pedro Libano â€“ took part in the social project in Tolosa, Philippines, as part of an annual effort to help the less fortunate. The town is less than 30 minutes away from Tacoloban, which was badly hit by the typhoon in November 2013. During their trip, the team installed seven solar power systems to villages, providing light and electricity to more than 20 homes. A hybrid wind turbine and solar system was installed in the local primary school to provide electricity and light to classrooms.
The team also put up two solar lamps outside the church, along an important path that many people take. After the typhoon, the supply of electricity in the town was lost and generators were used to provide electricity. However, prices were very high. The solar power systems provide a free alternative to these communities. The villagers, and especially WKH EHQHÂżFLDULHV FKHHUHG ZKHQ they turned on the light bulbs in the houses after the team installed the solar panels, batteries, electrical system and light bulbs, and sang praises to God. 2QHIDPLO\WKDWEHQHÂżWHGIURP the electricity was rearing a pig, not for their own consumption but to be used as payment for medical bills when the pregnant wife delivered her baby. The team also interacted with the villagers including the children, who came to school to use WKHEDVNHWEDOOFRXUWDQGÂżHOGHYHQ
Left: Volunteers from the Opus Dei-run Ravenahl centre in Singapore install a solarpowered light bulb for villagers in Tolosa, Philippines.
Below: A volunteer gives an English lesson to local children.
though it was the school holidays. Apparently, this was their only form of leisure during the day. At night, many of the children sit on the porches of their homes as most houses lack electricity. This social service project was done in cooperation with Project Enkindle, an NGO in the Philippines, which provides rehabilitation for typhoon-affected communities by providing renewable energy sources. Funds used to purchase the equipment for this project came from a foundation and other generous donors.
In previous years, volunteers from the Ravenahl centre had helped to build houses and
schools in rural areas in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Â„
Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
â€˜The Holy Spirit will surely guide usâ€™ St Ignatius parishioner JY Pillay says he feels â€œsome trepidationâ€? at being appointed to the Vaticanâ€™s ÂżQDQFLDOZDWFKGRJDJHQF\ â€œBut as George Yeo says, the Holy Spirit will surely guide us,â€? said Mr Pillay, who is chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers and of Tiger Airways. The Vatican announced on June 5 that Mr Pillay, 80, was one of four people from various countries that Pope Francis had appointed as members of the VatiFDQÂśVÂżQDQFLDOZDWFKGRJDJHQF\ The other members, who come from Italy, Switzerland and the US, replace the all-Italian team in the Vaticanâ€™s Financial Intelligence Authority. In an email interview with CatholicNews, Mr Pillay said former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo, who now serves on the Council of the Economy at the Vatican, â€œsubmitted my name after he had urged me to step forwardâ€?. â€œIâ€™ve been told there will be four meetings a year,â€? said Mr Pillay, who was former chairman of Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Exchange.
Mr JY Pillay has been appointed as DPHPEHURIWKH9DWLFDQÂśVÂżQDQFLDO watchdog agency. His name was submitted by former Cabinet minister George Yeo.
â€œI have not been advised when WKHÂżUVWPHHWLQJRIWKHQHZERDUG will be.â€? Pope Benedict XVI established the Financial Intelligence Authority in late 2010 to monitor 9DWLFDQ ÂżQDQFLDO RSHUDWLRQV DQG ensure they meet international norms against money laundering DQGWKHÂżQDQFLQJRIWHUURULVP In November 2013, Pope Fran-
cis revised the agencyâ€™s statutes. 1HZ ÂżQDQFH ODZV SDVVHG LQ October also formally expanded the competence of the Financial Intelligence Authority by including the task of â€œpreventiveâ€? vigilance, which involves ensuring the proper organisation and trustworthiness of DOO9DWLFDQÂżQDQFLDORSHUDWLRQV The other new members in the 9DWLFDQDJHQF\QDPHGIRUDÂżYH year term, are Mr Juan C Zarate, a US senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School; Ms Maria Bianca Farina, a top Italian administrator at the Italian postal systemâ€™s investment and insurance divisions; and Mr Marc Odendall, a Swiss-based philanthropist and chairman of the Odendall Foundation. The pope also approved the decision by the Vatican secretary of state to promote Mr Tommaso Di Ruzza an Italian, to be vicedirector â€œad interimâ€? of the Financial Information Authority. Mr Di Ruzza was previously study assistant at the agency. Â„ CNS Reporting by CLARA LAI
St Anthony youth revive age-old tradition Young Catholics from the Church of Saint Anthony celebrated the Easter season by taking a trip back in time to medieval Europe where the game of â€œhandballâ€? was traditionally played during this season. Pallamano, which means â€œhandballâ€? in Italian, was a favourite Easter sport most commonly played in France and Germany. â€œThe ball represents the sun,â€? explained Bernice Wong, 19, one of the organisers of the event. â€œIt was believed to take three leaps in rising on Easter morning. Tossing the ball upwards represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ.â€? About 40 young people took part in this sporting activity at Woodlands Waterfront on May 24. It allowed them to have fun, and at the same time, foster camaUDGHULHDPRQJHDFKRWKHU0RGLÂżcations to the games were added, such as shouting â€œAlleluia!â€? or any form of praise to God when passing the ball. The participants also laid out their picnic mats, read Scripture, shared and sang hymns and songs. Âł7KH UHĂ€HFWLRQV DQG VKDULQJ were meaningful,â€? said Nicholas Chen, 13, adding that he made new friends through this activity. Another participant Therese Tay, 15, said, â€œWe all had a great time! I also got to know the other youths in my community better.â€? Gabriel Lee, 17, one of the organisers, felt that this tradition ZDVGHÂżQLWHO\ZRUWKUHYLYLQJDQG that â€œit was truly an out of the ordinary way to share the Easter joy
Young Catholics play pallamano or â€˜handballâ€™, a favourite Easter sport in medieval Europe.
and also to bond with the fellow youths in the communityâ€?. Easter is a season of joy and
celebration lasting for 50 days until Pentecost, which fell on June 8 this year. Â„
Sunday June 29, 2014 CatholicNews
Clockwise from extreme left: SJI International students Carol Yiu, Ngo Qi Wei, Verena Schonenberger, Natasha Vincent and Moe Ono joined their male schoolmates in shaving their heads for children suffering from cancer.
Girls shave their locks to support cancer sufferers Seven girls and more than 100 boys and male teachers of St Joseph’s Institution International shaved their heads in a show of solidarity with children suffering from cancer. The June 11 event was organised as part of Hair for Hope, a fundraiser of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. In addition, 60 girls, along with one mother and one female teacher, had eight inches (20 cm) of their hair cut off as part of the Beautiful Lengths charity movement. The locks of hair will be sent to the American Cancer Society to make pro-bono wigs for cancer patients. The annual events raised
over $100,000 and saw participation from about 20 percent of the school community, who came together to embody the Lasallian spirit of standing in solidarity with those who are suffering. Among the participants were a Grade 7 student, his father, and grandfather, who had their heads shaved together. Eight members of staff and a board member also had their heads shaved. They include the high school principal Bradley Roberts and Lasalle Br Arian Lopez, head of religious studies and faith formation. Close to 300 students, teachers, parents and relatives packed the SJI
International event hall that day. Several participants shared why they took part in the event. One student did it in memory of a friend who died from cancer while a staff member did it in honour of his late father who was a cancer sufferer. Natasha Vincent, a Grade 11 girl who had her head shaved said she wanted to show her “support for those who are going through the struggle of facing cancer, and those around them.” The school has held this student-initiated event since 2009 as part of its core education, alongside academics, outdoor education and co-curricular learning.
Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
/HDUQLQJH[SHULHQFHDWĂ€OPIHVW ,QVSLULQJ ÂżOPV WKDW OHDYH RQH WKLQNLQJ DQG UHĂ€HFWLQJ ORQJ DIWHU the viewing experience is over. This just about sums up the reaction of some of the 60 peoSOHZKRDWWHQGHGWKHÂżUVW&$1$ Film Festival held on June 7 and 8. The event, held at the Catholic Centre on Waterloo St, aimed to introduce viewers to Catholic soFLDOWHDFKLQJYLDÂżOP Fifteen documentaries, short DQG LQGHSHQGHQW IHDWXUH ÂżOPV were screened over the two afternoons, of which only two were explicitly religious. Ms Corinne Chan, 36, said she learnt about â€œhuman dignity and compassionâ€? from watching the documentary, Menstrual Man, about a man who aims to help poor Indian women gain access to basic feminine hygiene and livelihoods. Another viewer, Ms Priscilla, VDLG VKH IHOW WKH ÂłÂżOP WDXJKW us how average people can make changesâ€?. Ms Bernadette Ho, 42, said VKH ZDV ÂłWRXFKHGÂ´ E\ WKH ÂżOPV she viewed. â€œAll of them were thought-provoking and educationalâ€Ś movies that will leave you WKLQNLQJ DQG UHĂ€HFWLQJ RQ WKHP for a while.â€? Screenings were followed by discussions facilitated by priests, Religious and lay people. All of the nine international
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Uniting the community through rosary By Raymond Chang It was an example of the rosaryâ€™s power to unite people from different ethnic groups. Close to 300 parishioners of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea prayed the rosary during an outdoor rosary and candlelight procession on June 13, with each decade being said in Tagalog, Tamil, Chinese, Malayalam and English. A statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was recently purchased IURP)DWLPDLQ3RUWXJDODQGĂ€RZQ to the parish, was carried during the procession. Parish priest Fr JJ Fenelon was in Fatima recently for a Marian pilgrimage and led in a decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries during the rosary devotion and procession there one night. He said he was impressed with how each decade was led by people from different nationalities praying in their own language, and yet the thousands of pilgrims from all over the world responded in their own languages. Fr Fenelon said that as the shepherd of a parish made up of people from a variety of language groups, he felt inspired to trust Mother Mary to unify his parish. He decided to buy and arrange for a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to
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of peopleâ€™s dreams and hopes. Ms Schutz Lee, 46, who brought her two daughters to participate in the Kids Showcase, said, â€œIt is very cool to attend a &DWKROLF ÂżOP IHVW IHDWXULQJ QRQ &DWKROLF ÂżOPV EHFDXVH LW VKRZV that we can learn from other communities. Catholic social teachings are really just universal values.â€? 7KH ÂżOP IHVWLYDO WHDP VD\V that because of the positive feedback they have received, they are looking forward to improving the festival next year.Â„
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Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
Big drop in Philippine Catholic school enrolment
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China govt detains underground Catholic apostolic administrator HONG KONG â€“ Fr John Peng
Men replace the roof of Assumption Academy in Tanauan, Philippines, on Feb 5, which was blown off during Typhoon Haiyan. Many schools are seeing a big drop in enrolment following last Novemberâ€™s disaster.CNS photo MANILA â€“ Catholic student en-
rolment in provinces devastated by Typhoon Haiyan has dropped by an estimated 20 percent as the new school year began on June 2, according to the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP). Mr Anthony Coloma, spokesperson for the CEAP, said exact ÂżJXUHV ZHUH QRW DYDLODEOH EXW that schools in Samar and Leyte provinces had shown a marked decrease in attendance. While students across the country returned from their twomonth summer break, Catholic schools in Samar and Leyte were convening in relief tents and other makeshift shelters because local schools have yet to be rebuilt after Novemberâ€™s catastrophe. Some 20,000 classrooms were destroyed by the typhoon, which killed at least 6,200 people and displaced another four million. In addition to the loss of
schools, diminished livelihoods have also made this school year SDUWLFXODUO\ GLIÂżFXOW VD\ VHYHUDO parents of school-aged children. â€œI am supposed to be happy for my child. But I just canâ€™t hide the fact that Iâ€™ll be having a big problem in supporting her school needs,â€? said Ms Thelma Fevidal, who lives in Tacloban City. Ms Fevidal earns about US$1 (S$1.25) per day from a small coastal shop she operates in Anibong village. â€œI am more worried for my daughter. I still donâ€™t have money for her shoes, bag and uniform,â€? she said. 0V -RVHÂżQD 7DQSLHQJFR D school principal in Anibong village, said authorities should have waited to open schools in typhoon-affected areas, and that the government had not yet made provisions for school personnel, many of whom lost everything in the devastation. Â„ UCANEWS.COM
Indonesian bishops ask for a â€˜responsible voteâ€™ for president JAKARTA â€“ In the run-up to the presidential election on July 9, the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference (KWI) has issued an appeal to Catholics to exercise their civil rights and choose a new head of state and his deputy by casting their ballot and voting according to their conscience. In particular, they want Catholics to study the life and political career of the candidates and their â€œprofessional portfolioâ€?. They also call for close monitoring of the vote so that it goes off without a hitch or manipulation. For the bishops, future leaders must possess a moral integrity to enable them to perform better the task that awaits them: leading the nation. For this reason, they urge the faithful to look at the different candidates with open eyes,
especially when they have already VHUYHGRUVWLOOKROGSXEOLFRIÂżFH Governor of Jakarta Joko â€œJokowiâ€? Widodo and Deputy Jusuf Kalla, former vice president during outgoing President Susilo %DPEDQJ<XGKR\RQRÂśVÂżUVWWHUP and General Prabowo Subianto and Mr Hatta Radjasa are the two leading tickets. Surveys indicate WKDWWKHÂżUVWLVVOLJKWO\DKHDGEXW that the race is still open and could go the wire. For Indonesian bishops, politicians who aspire to positions of national trust must show a desire to serve others rather than take advantage of their position for personal gain. In Indonesia, Christians represent 5.7 per cent of the population with Catholics just over 3 per cent. Â„ ASIANEWS
Weizhao, apostolic administrator of Yujiang diocese, has been in detention at an unknown location for weeks, Church sources in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi have revealed. Fr Peng was taken from a priestâ€™s residence in Linchuan district, Fuzhou city, on May 30, a source told ucanews.com on June 9. The reasons for his disappearance have not been made public. â€œPriests who were at the scene when Fr Peng was taken recogQLVHG WKDW UHOLJLRXV DIIDLUV RIÂżcials from Linchuan district were present,â€? the source said. â€œBut ZKHQWKH\ZHQWWRWKHRIÂżFLDOVWR ask for his whereabouts last week, WKH RIÂżFLDOV FODLPHG WKDW WKH\ know nothing as it was an action of the provincial government. â€œThe priests are reluctant to speculate on the reason for his detention over the phone as they themselves are also under surveillance.â€? Fr Peng, who is part of the unregistered Catholic community, was appointed administrator of
Fr Pengâ€™s disappearance coincided with a report which claims that Beijing and the Vatican will resume talks soon. Yujiang by the Holy See in 2012, following the retirement of underground Bishop Thomas Zeng Jingmu. In Jiangxi, the governmentsanctioned Catholic community FRPELQHG DOO ÂżYH GLRFHVHV LQWR one Jiangxi diocese in 1985, while the unregistered community continued to follow the jurisdiction of the Holy See. Of the three existing Vatican-approved bishops in the province, Bishop Zeng is the only prelate who is not recognised by the government. The news of Fr Pengâ€™s disappearance coincided with a report in the Hong Kong-based South
China Morning Post which cited a source close to the Holy See as saying that Beijing and the Vatican will resume talks soon. â€œThe Vatican is now waiting IRU %HLMLQJ WR FRQÂżUP WKH WLPH and location of the talks,â€? the newspaper reported on June 8. â€œThe atmosphere is quite positive for both sides to restart dialogue now as changes of leadership on both sides have created an opportunity for communication,â€? the source said. Yet the English-language daily also noted that the mass demolition of churches in Wenzhou and the election of a state-sanctioned bishop in Chengdu may hinder efforts to bridge major differences. Dialogue between the two sides halted in October 2010 when the government approved Church comments ordained an illicit bishop without a papal mandate and hosted the National Catholic Congress in December after 10 bishops were ordained with approval from both Beijing and the Holy See. Â„ UCANEWS.COM
HK cardinal Zen issues anti-China rallying cry HONG KONG â€“ Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong sharply criticised the Chinese authoritiesâ€™ recently released white paper that emphasised Beijingâ€™s total control of the special administrative region. â€œYou [the Chinese communists] can tie me up, can take me away, chop my head off, but not as a slave,â€? said the cardinal in an online radio programme on June 12. Hong Kong people should â€œnot succumb to fate but maintain oneâ€™s own dignityâ€?, the cardinal said, warning that â€œif we kneel down, HYHU\WKLQJZLOOEHÂżQLVKHGÂ´ Chinaâ€™s State Council released the white paper on June 10 that emphasised its total control over Hong Kong. The policy statement said â€œthe high degree of autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong is subject to the central governmentâ€™s authorisation. There is no such thing called â€˜residual powerâ€™ for the special administrative region.â€? The document sparked widespread discontent among Hong Kong residents as it appeared to break the promise of 50 years of autonomy given to Hong Kong after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. The cardinal called on people WR YRWH LQ D -XQH QRQRIÂż-
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired archbishop of Hong Kong, takes part in a demonstration for religious freedom on July 11, 2012. He recently started an 84-hour march for democracy. CNS photo
cial referendum on universal suffrage for the election of governor in 2017 and to show their aspiration for full democracy. The referendum was proposed by organisers of Occupy Central, ZKRYRZWREULQJWKHFLW\ÂśVÂżQDQcial hub to a standstill if the government fails to produce a plan for democratic rule in Hong Kong. â€œThere is no space for com-
promise. Our bottom line is to use a nonviolent approach,â€? said the cardinal. Cardinal Zen, 82, on June 14 started an 84-hour march for democracy around the territory to encourage people to participate in the upcoming referendum. More than 50 Catholics were expected to walk with him each day until June 20. Â„ UCANEWS.COM
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Afghan security arrests 3 over priestâ€™s kidnapping ROME â€“ Security forces in Afghanistan have arrested three men in connection with the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest from India. The arrests, announced by an $IJKDQ JRYHUQPHQW RIÂżFLDO LQclude a man taken into custody on June 4 while two others were detained on June 5 in connection with the disappearance of Fr Alexis Prem Kumar. He was abducted on June 2 as he was leaving a school serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan, reported the Afghan news agency Khaama Press. The Associated Press reported the government ofÂżFLDOVDLGDOOWKUHHPHQZHUH7DOLban members. &KXUFK RIÂżFLDOV LQ ,QGLD H[pressed concern for the safety of Fr Prem Kumar, 47, who has worked in Afghanistan since 2011. Fr Joseph Chinnayan, deputy secretary-general of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of India, appealed to the Indian government to quickly seek the Jesuitâ€™s release. Mr Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for Indiaâ€™s External Affairs Ministry, said via a Twitter post
WKDW,QGLDQRIÂżFLDOVLQ+HUDWZHUH pursuing the matter with local authorities, Asian Church news portal ucanews.com reported. Before moving to Afghanistan, Fr Prem Kumar worked for JRS for 12 years, serving Sri Lan-
Fr Prem Kumar seen here with members of the Singapore Catholic community in 2011.
kan refugees living in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, his home. He was director of JRS in India from June 2005 to May 2011 and then moved to Afghanistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured top level intervention for the priestâ€™s safe release but said the situation is â€œextremely delicateâ€?. In a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Mr Modi said â€œthe government will spare no effortâ€? to ensure the priestâ€™s release. Â„ CNS, UCANEWS.COM
Fr Alexis Prem Kumar visited Singapore from June 30-July 3, 2011, spending time with members of Jesuit Refugee Service Singapore and calling on then-Archbishop Nicholas Chia. He celebrated World Refugee Day Mass on July 2 during which he spoke about his work with refugees and displaced persons. Some JRS volunteers had kept in touch with him after his visit here. Prayers have also been held for Fr Prem Kumar in recent days.
Quebecâ€™s euthanasia law slammed joined several organisations opposed to euthanasia in condemning Quebecâ€™s â€œdying with dignityâ€? law. The new law, Bill 52, was passed on June 5 by a 94-22 vote. It outlines the conditions under which terminally ill Quebeckers can request medical aid in dying. It treats euthanasia as healthcare, which falls under provincial jurisdiction, while the Criminal Code, which lists the practice as culpable homicide,
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA â€“ Clergy, Religious and laity crowded into St Catherine of Sienna Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Fr Kenneth Walker on June 16. The 28-year-old priest was fatally injured on June 11 in an attack at his church, Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission. Another priest, Fr Joseph Terra, 56, was critically injured. Fr Walker died at the hospital, and Fr Terra was hospitalised in critical but stable condition. He has since been released from intensive care. Fr Terra, Phoenix police said, had heard a noise outside the rectory and opened the door to investigate, only to be attacked. Fr Walker heard the melee and came from his room. That was when the suspect allegedly shot him. Both priests were ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. Phoenix police announced
hours before the funeral Mass that they had a suspect in custody for the slaying and assault. Gary Michael Moran, 54, a transient who was released from prison in April, was arrested on June 15 at a psychiatric treatment centre northwest of Mater Misericordiae. At the funeral Mass, Fr Eric Flood, the North American superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, spoke about Fr Walkerâ€™s love of celebrating Mass. â€œIf someone were to ask him if he would still want to be priest if he knew he would someday be killed, he would probably say yes,â€? Fr Flood said. He also offered what he said would be Fr Walkerâ€™s advice to the killer. â€œHis advice would probably be that he should grow in his friendship with God. Fr Walker would say WKDWWKHUHZDVDWKLHIFUXFLÂżHGDORQJside Christ, and our Lord turned to him and said, â€˜This day you will be with me in paradise.â€™â€? Â„ CNS
Indian Jesuit Fr Alexis Prem Kumar was abducted on June 2 in Afghanistan.
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is under federal jurisdiction. Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has not indicated what action, if any, the federal government will take. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec expressed disappointment in the billâ€™s passage on his Facebook page. â€œI hoped until the last moment that our members [would] not vote in favour of this bill, which introduced euthanasia with all its consequences. I am
very disappointed,â€? the post said. â€œNow, we will have to work with even more zeal to accompany the people at the end of life so that they do not have to request euthanasia,â€? the post added. In a speech at a vigil outside the National Assembly on the eve of the vote, Cardinal Lacroix said there was no consensus on euthanasia, FRQWUDU\WRZKDWJRYHUQPHQWDORIÂżcials have been saying. He also noted the sense of disquiet, especially among older Quebeckers. Â„ CNS
Phoenix Bishop Thomas J Olmsted (centre) is seen with Fr Kenneth Walker (left) and Fr Joseph Terra in a recent photo. Fr Walker died from a gunshot wound after he was attacked in his rectory. CNS photo
Focus on human rights, urges Manila cardinal MANILA â€“ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has urged Church volunteers in the Philippines to seek out more meaningful roles where they can make a difference. â€œItâ€™s good that we have many volunteers for lectors [and] commentators, but sometimes there are too many [such volunteers],â€? the Manila prelate said in a forum on June 14 in Quezon City. â€œHow come whenever we ask for a minister [to focus on] human rights, people say: â€˜Thatâ€™s dangerous or scaryâ€™?â€? Cardinal Tagle said. He lamented the fact that â€œsocial involvementâ€? is often â€œweak at the parish grassroots levelâ€? in the Philippines. Âł6RPHWLPHV LWÂśV MXVW DQ RIÂżFH in the diocese instead of an active ministry in the parishes,â€? he said. During the same forum, he also took a swipe at corrupt govHUQPHQWRIÂżFLDOV â€œWhy is it that when we are called to be pro-God, pro-life, pro-country, and pro-environment we become cowards, but when it comes to being mischievous, we are not only brave but very creative?â€? he asked, adding that the world â€œthirsts for good governanceâ€?.
Cardinal Tagle: social involvement weak at parish grassroots.
Recently, three of the countryâ€™s best known senators, Mr Juan Ponce Enrile, Mr Jose â€œJinggoyâ€? Estrada and Mr Ramon Revilla Jr were charged with plunder and graft for their alleged involvement in what has become known as the â€œpork barrelâ€? scam. However, the countryâ€™s Catholic bishops have urged people not to rush judgment of the politicians linked to the multi-million dollar scam that allegedly channelled government funds to private individuals and groups. Â„ UCANEWS.COM
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Let the World Cup be a celebration of peace: pope
Chileâ€™s bishops launch special webpage for World Cup SANTIAGO â€“ The Chilean bishops launched a special World Cup webpage that includes a prayer for fans and a cardinalâ€™s recollections about being a soccer referee. â€œWe do not stop being missionaries of Christ when we go to the stadium or when we passionately follow the national team in front of any technological device,â€? said Mr Jaime Coiro, spokesman for the Chilean bishopsâ€™ conference. â€œWith all the joy and hope that emerge from our faith, we would like to accompany the faithful VRFFHU IDQV ZLWK SUD\HUV UHĂ€HFtions and comments.â€? Chile is a member of the socalled Group of Death with Spain, Netherlands and Australia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Approximately 20,000 Chileans bought tickets to the matches, and others were expected to watch at home or on some of the 15 giant TV screens installed in Chileâ€™s main cities. The prayer asks: â€œLet our players and fans who will travel to Brazil be free of the discourage-
ment and lack of sense, the injustice and self-interest.â€? It emphasises that Christian life offers more than just soccer and, referring to Brazilian protests over spending, asks for â€œthe cessation of the violence and the disputes during these daysâ€?. The website, www.iglesia.cl/ especiales/mundial2014, included stories and a piece in which Santiago Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello told of his experiences as an amateur referee. Cardinal Ezzati said in 1967, when he was studying theology in Italy, he was assigned â€œto a very poor area of Romeâ€?. He added that part of his mission was to provide pastoral care for young people through sports activities. â€œMany times I had to UHSODFHWKHRIÂżFLDOUHIHUHHVRWR do it right, I took the course.â€? He said he decided: â€œI donâ€™t EHOLHYHLQWKHHIÂżFLHQF\RIWKHUHG cards. I believe in the encouragement that must be given to the children, the youth and the whole society.â€? Â„ CNS
Argentinaâ€™s Fernando Gago and Bosniaâ€™s Senad Lulic battle for the ball during their World Cup soccer match at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 15. Pope Francis said in a recent video message that he hopes this World Cup can also â€˜turn into a celebration of solidarity among peoplesâ€™. CNS photo VATICAN CITY â€“ As the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the ÂżHOGÂł/HWQRRQHEHFRPHLVRODWHG and feel excluded! Watch out! â€˜Noâ€™ to segregation, â€˜noâ€™ to racism!â€? The pope made his comments in Portuguese in a video message aired on Brazilian television on June 11, the eve of the start of the world soccer championship in Brazil that runs XQWLOWKHÂżQDOPDWFKRQ-XO\ â€œIt is with great joy,â€? the pope said, that he could greet all â€œsoccer loversâ€?, organisers, players, coaches and fans who will be following the matches. The World Cup â€œovercomes linguistic, cultural and national barriersâ€?, said the pope, a lifelong
soccer fan who actively rooted for the San Lorenzo team in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina. â€œMy hope is that, beyond just a celebration of sport, this World Cup can turn into a celebration of solidarity among peoples.â€? He asked that the monthlong event unfold with â€œserenity and tranquility, always with mutual respect, solidarity and fraternity among men and women who see themselves as members of one familyâ€?. The pope said that sports show how to build a more peaceful and harmonious world through important values such as loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing and solidarity. The three most important lessons sports teach, he said, â€œare the need to train, [the sense of] fair play, and respect for oneâ€™s adversaryâ€?. Sports show how important intense and consistent training and
VDFULÂżFH DUH IRU EHFRPLQJ EHWWHU the pope said. If people are to be more open and peaceful, it will require the same kind of investment in time and effort. The idea of fair play helps people â€œovercome individualism, egoism, all forms of racism, intolerance and exploitationâ€?, he said. Lastly, â€œthe secret of victory RQWKHÂżHOGDQGDOVRLQOLIHOLHVLQ knowing how to respect my teammate and my adversary. Nobody wins on his own, neither on the pitch nor in life,â€? he said. The pope called for an end to intolerance, discrimination and racism so that everyone could walk away a winner. Given that â€œat the end of these world [championships], only one national squad can raise the cup high as victors, learning the lessons that sport teaches us will make us all winners, strengthening the bonds that unite us,â€? he said. Â„ CNS
Brazilian churches offer Masses in different languages for soccer fans SAO PAULO, BRAZIL â€“ Catholic churches in cities hosting the World Cup have scheduled Masses in different languages to better welcome international fans and players. &KXUFK RIÂżFLDOV DVNHG SULHVWV who speak English, French, German, Italian and Spanish to celebrate Masses in these languages when the foreign teams are in their cities. In Rio de Janeiro, Our Lady of Mercy in Botafogo planned English-language Masses. The press secretary at the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo announced that some churches around the city would be offering Masses in
English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, French and German during the World Cup. For instance, Our Lady of Bom Parto in the Tatuape neighbourhood is holding its regular Sunday morning Mass but will also have English-speaking Masses at other times and days, if needed. In Manaus, for example, where England and the US are scheduled to play, Our Lady of Conception Cathedral and the San Sebastian Church planned Masses in English, Italian, Spanish and French, throughout the month of June. Those going to see the games in Belo Horizonte can attend
Mass in English and Spanish at Our Lady of Good Voyage or at St Francis of Assisi Chapel. At St Anthony Parish there will offer additional Masses in German, Italian and French. Fans going to see Australia play in Cuiaba have a choice of two churches to attend Mass in English, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Good Lord Jesus. To help foreigners the Archdiocese of Recife and Olinda has printed the Mass in seven languages. Most of the Masses in foreign languages are held at the citiesâ€™ metropolitan cathedrals. Â„ CNS
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Special light and sound display at statue SAO PAULO, BRAZIL â€“ Hours be-
fore the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the main symbols of Brazil, welcomed the 32 teams competing in the event with a special light and sound programme. From one of the highest mountains overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the statue was â€œdressed upâ€? with WKH FRORXUV RI WKH Ă€DJV RI WKH 32 national teams while playing part of each countryâ€™s national anthem. The programme was promoted by Archdiocese RI5LRGH-DQHLURDQGFLW\RIÂżFLDOV The welcoming ceremony included a small prayer by Fr Omar Raposo, rector of the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary. â€œSports always give us a chance to witness the beauty of the brotherhood that exists among the
different nations,â€? said Fr Raposo. He said everyone should heed the words of Pope Francis. â€œHe said that to belong to a sports team means to reject all IRUPVRIVHOÂżVKQHVVDQGLVRODWLRQ â€“ it is an opportunity to meet and be with others, to help each other, to compete in mutual esteem and grow in brotherhood.â€? The archdiocese also said that the Christ the Redeemer statue would be illuminated with Brazilâ€™s Ă€DJFRORXUVJUHHQDQG\HOORZ every time the Brazilian team plays. Â„ CNS
Rioâ€™s Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff the 2014 FIFA World Cup. CNS photo
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Christians among 500,000 Ă HHLQJ0RVXODIWHU Islamist forces seize city
A member of the Iraqi security forces searches a man at a checkpoint in Baghdad on June 11. Christians are among Ă€HHLQJWKH,UDTLFLW\RI0RVXODIWHU,VODPLVWIRUFHVVHL]HGLWLQHDUO\-XQHCNS photo BEIRUT â€“ Church leaders in northHUQ ,UDT VWUXJJOHG WR ÂżQG VKHOWHU for Christians who were among KXQGUHGV RI WKRXVDQGV ZKR Ă€HG Mosul, the countryâ€™s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said. &KULVWLDQVEHJDQĂ€HHLQJHDUO\ on June 9, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul told Catholic News Service in an email. â€œThe soldiers and all policemen left the cityâ€?, seemingly abandoning the people, Archbishop Nona wrote. He called the situation a tragedy. â€œAnd we started organising, working all through the night, to ÂżQG D SODFH IRU WKHP >WKH SHRSOH ZKR KDG Ă€HG 0RVXO@ LQ QHDUE\ villages,â€? the archbishop said. News reports said several hundred heavily armed members of the
Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) occupied government facilities, broadcast stations and banks as they worked their way through the city. The BBC reported that up to 500,000 people left Mosul as the ISIL forces occupied the city. Many headed to three towns in Kurdistan in northern Iraq, where temporary camps were established. The exodus from the city of 1.8 million, 354 km north of Baghdad, continued throughout the night and day of June 10, with many of the people leaving on foot with no belongings, Archbishop Nona said. â€œI met with a family who have two young children, two and three \HDUV ROG ZKR ZDONHG IRU ÂżYH hours through the night, and they were very scared. We placed them
in one house with another family in Telkefâ€? in his diocese, 3.2 km IURP0RVXO@WKHDUFKELVKRSVDLG â€œAll our churches in Mosul are closed, and there is not one Christian in the city,â€? Archbishop Nona added. The archbishop also pleaded for international assistance to step in to provide aid to the people Ă€HHLQJ0RVXO The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began as an Iraq-based DIÂżOLDWH RI $O4DHGD ,W LV ÂżJKWing to establish an Islamic state in parts of Iraq and Syria. Al-Qaedaâ€™s central leadership has denounced the organisation for apostasy and excessive violence. It is estimated WRKDYHÂżJKWHUVÂ„ CNS Â„ See related story on Page 14: Pope appeals for peace in Iraq
Ukrainian Catholic bishops thank world for prayers during transition KIEV â€“ Ukrainian Catholic bishops
thanked people around the world for their prayers over the last six months and asked for continued prayers for peace in their country. â€œThe dignity that Ukrainians \HDUQ IRU LV QRW ÂżUVW DQG IRUHPRVW material,â€? said a message from the Permanent Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. â€œThey seek a God-given dignity, a respect for their very being. Their right for self-determination, territorial integrity, cultural and especially ecclesial tradition has been violated brutally in the past and is demeaned today.â€? The bishops described recent events in Ukraine as â€œtruly miraculousâ€?, noting that â€œtransforming grace poured down upon the people of our countryâ€?. â€œIn the face of systemic corruption, government repression and
Ukraineâ€™s new president Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian Catholic bishops thank the world for their prayers. CNS photo
intolerable social conditions, millions of Ukrainians demonstrated peacefully, forging an ever-stronger interethnic, interconfessional
and intercultural solidarity,â€? it said. â€œTogether Ukrainian citizens are saying no to tyranny, lawlessness, violence and irresponsibility â€“ personal and social, internal and external, domestic and international,â€? they said. The message, issued after a June 4-6 meeting of the synod, was addressed to â€œCatholic bishopsâ€™ conferences, priests, Religious and the faithful of the Church; to all Christians and people of good will that stand in solidarity with Ukraineâ€?. Referring to winter months of protest and confrontation that resulted in the February ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and the May election of President Petro Poroshenko, the bishops expressed gratitude â€œfor your abiding prayers and various works of charity that you conductedâ€?. Â„ CNS
Nigerian cardinal supports offer of amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents ABUJA â€“ Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja supported Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s proposal to offer amnesty for any Boko Haram militants ZKR VWRS ÂżJKWLQJ DQG HPEUDFH peace. In a June 3 letter, Cardinal Onaiyekan said any amnesty arrangement must be undertaken with the goal of reconciliation among the government, militants and victims of violence. A day later, the Administrative Board of the Nigerian bishopsâ€™ conference called for six months of prayer for peace in response to the violence that has rocked much of Africaâ€™s most-populous nation. The bishops outlined a series of prayerful actions that individuals, clergy, Religious and parishes can take from July through December. Cardinal Onaiyekan wrote that offering amnesty â€œis a great challenge, which calls for a lot of commitment, sincerity and consistency on the part of government and its agentsâ€?. He also said amnesty should not be a â€œcase of enthroning impunityâ€?, which encourages the militants to â€œblackmail government in the future through violenceâ€?. â€œThe motivation has to be the pursuit of peace and reconciliation with people who admit wrongdoing and are ready to repent,â€? Cardinal Onaiyekan explained. During a Democracy Day broadcast on May 29, Mr Jonathan discussed an offer of amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents who lay down arms and embrace dialogue. His offer came in an effort to rein in increasingly destructive attacks on civilian targets. Boko Haram is an Islamist militant group with a somewhat XQGHÂżQHG OHDGHUVKLS DQG VWUXFWXUH,WLVLQWKHÂżIWK\HDURIDYLRlent campaign that has included bombings, attacks on churches, assassinations and abductions in an effort to overthrow the Nige-
rian government and create an Islamist state. Cardinal Onaiyekan wrote that an amnesty programme must include compensation and rehabilitation for victims of Boko Haram violence. â€œThere is no way to bring back the dead,â€? he said. â€œBut the nation cannot leave surviving victims without any form of adequate compensation. The hurt and anger of victims cannot be ignored if
A Spanish nun prays for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls on May 22. Boko Haram gunmen stormed a school on April 14, carting some 270 girls away in trucks. At least 200 remain in captivity, as well as other girls kidnapped previously. CNS photo
true reconciliation in the â€˜broader societyâ€™ is ever to begin to take place. â€œThis may involve a greater challenge than amnesty for terrorists. But it is a challenge that must be taken on board promptly and visibly. It does not make any sense, both in justice and morality, to budget for former murderers and make no provisions for innocent victims of their atrocities,â€? he said. Â„ CNS
Catholic bishop to lead Anglican retreat CHESTER, ENGLAND â€“ A retired English Catholic bishop will lead an Anglican dioceseâ€™s retreat for those to be ordained as deacons. Retired Bishop Brian Noble of Shrewsbury will lead the June 26-28 retreat and preach at the ordination service at the Church of Englandâ€™s Chester Cathedral on June 29. Bishop Noble, an ecumenical canon of Chester Cathedral, will spend time with candidates for the diaconate as they gather for three GD\V RI VSLULWXDO UHĂ€HFWLRQ DW WKH Chester diocesan retreat centre in Frodsham. He will lead morning and evening prayers during his stay. This year, the Anglican diocese of Chester has 21 candi-
dates for the diaconate, a number equaled only once in the past 10 years. Anglican Bishop Peter Forster of Chester invited his friend Bishop Noble to lead the spiritual retreat. â€œHe is already well-known to the cathedral, and perhaps the best way to advance ecumenism today is through practical cooperation and common mission,â€? Bishop Forster said. Bishop Noble said he was â€œhappy and honoured to have been invited by Bishop Peter to accompany in retreat those now about to embark on their new commitment to service. Pray for them and for myself.â€? Â„ CNS
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Church rediscovers its role as mother by welcoming, loving: pontiff
Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, announces plans to visit Albania
Pope Francis greets the crowd after praying the Angelus at the Vatican. He appealed the crowd to pray for the Iraqis, and announced that he plans to visit Albania. CNS photo
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Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
Pope, Anglican Is there a chance archbishop urge joint that Pope Francis action to share Godâ€™s love could go to China? COMMENTARY
VATICAN CITY â€“ Although they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to FRPEDWKXPDQWUDIÂżFNLQJDURXQG the world. Âł,WKDQN*RGWKDWDVGLVFLSOHV sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together with perseverance and determination in opposing this grave evil,â€? Pope Francis told Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury on June 16 during a meeting at the Vatican. Archbishop Welby, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, was in Rome to hold his second meeting with Pope Francis, to visit Anglican communities in the city and to participate in a meeting of the Global Freedom Network, which they and other faith leaders foundHG WR FRPEDW KXPDQ WUDIÂżFNLQJ and modern slavery. Âł7KH *OREDO )UHHGRP 1HWwork can achieve much practically to dismantle what you have so often rightly said is a grave crime against humanity,â€? Archbishop :HOE\WROGWKHSRSHÂł,WLVDFULPH that we all need to overcome as a matter of urgency, as a matter of human dignity, freedom and wholeness of life. May God give us the resolve and cooperation we need together.â€? Archbishop Welby participated in a meeting on June 15 with the chairman of the networkâ€™s board and several cardinals who are members of its council. According to Vatican Radio, one of the topics for discussion was strategising ways to ensure the churchHVÂłVODYHU\SURRIÂ´WKHLURZQFKDLQ of suppliers, ensuring that any company they do business with treats its employees fairly. In his meeting with the archbishop, Pope Francis said Jesusâ€™ question to the disciples in CaperQDXP Âł:KDW ZHUH \RX DUJXLQJ about on the way?â€? could apply to the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches as well.
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Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby acknowledged differences between Catholics and $QJOLFDQVEXWWKH\UHDIÂżUPHGWKHLUVXSSRUW for the commissions that promote joint activities. Âł:KHQ -HVXV SXW WKLV TXHVtion to His disciples, they were VLOHQWÂ´WKHSRSHVDLGÂł7KH\ZHUH ashamed, for they had been arguing about who was the greatest among them. We, too, feel ashamed when we ponder the distance between the Lordâ€™s call and our meagre response.â€? Under Godâ€™s merciful gaze, KH VDLG ÂłZH FDQQRW FODLP WKDW our division is anything less than a scandal and an obstacle to our proclaiming the Gospel of salvation to the world.â€? Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby acknowledged the differences that still divide Catholics and Anglicans, but they reafÂżUPHGWKHLUVXSSRUWIRUWKH$QJOLcan-Roman Catholic International Commission, which is their ofÂżFLDO WKHRORJLFDO GLDORJXH ERG\ and for the International Angli-
can-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, which promotes joint prayer and common activities. While in Rome, Archbishop :HOE\ RIÂżFLDOO\ ODXQFKHG WKH commissionâ€™s website â€“ www. iarccum.org â€“ which includes descriptions of the two bodies, the joint statements they have issued over the past 50 years and thousands of historical documents reODWHGWRWKHRIÂżFLDOGLDORJXH7KH website also includes information from about a dozen national Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue committees. Archbishop Welby also met EULHĂ€\ ZLWK PHPEHUV RI WKH 6W Peterâ€™s Cricket Club, the team of Catholic priests and seminarians who will face a team from the Anglican Church in England in September. Â„ CNS
Being Christian needs â€˜concrete actionâ€™ VATICAN CITY â€“ Being a good
Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. $QGKHVDLGWKHÂłKRZWRÂ´PDQual is found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need. Jesus offers a guide to life that LV ÂłVR VLPSOH EXW YHU\ GLIÂżFXOWÂ´ WKHSRSHVDLGRQ-XQHGXULQJKLV early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. ,WÂśV GLIÂżFXOW EHFDXVH &KULVWLDQLW\ LV ÂłD KDQGVRQ UHOLJLRQ LW
isnâ€™t for thinking about, itâ€™s for putting into practice, to do it,â€? he said in his homily, according to a report by Vatican Radio. The pope focused his homily on the dayâ€™s Gospel reading from St Matthew in which Jesus teaches the beatitudes, which begin, Âł%OHVVHGDUHWKHSRRULQVSLULWÂ´ 7KH EHDWLWXGHV DUH WKH ÂłSURJUDPPHÂ´ DQG ÂłWKH LGHQWLW\ FDUGÂ´ for every Christian, outlining a VWHSE\VWHS JXLGH WR EHLQJ ÂłD good Christianâ€?, he said. -HVXVÂś WHDFKLQJ JRHV ÂłYHU\
much against the tideâ€? of a worldly culture, he said, in which monHWDU\ ZHDOWK VXSHUÂżFLDO MR\ DQG personal satisfaction are the measures of happiness and success. %XW ÂłEOHVVHG DUH WKH SRRU LQ spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of KHDYHQÂ´KHVDLGDQGÂłEOHVVHGDUH they who mourn, for they will be comfortedâ€?. People who face reality and OLIHÂśV ELJ DQG VPDOO GLIÂżFXOWLHV will mourn in their hearts, but WKH\ ZLOO DOVR ÂżQG FRQVRODWLRQ LQ Jesus, the pope said. Â„ CNS
cis visits South Korea from Aug 14 to 18, he will take part in Asian Youth Day with delegates from some 30 countries, preside over WKH EHDWLÂżFDWLRQ RI .RUHDQ martyrs and meet with President Park Geun-hye. South Korea is one of Asiaâ€™s major economies, with a small but growing Catholic Church. It is also half of a divided peninsula, where nuclear-armed communist North Korea presents an ongoing threat. All of these factors promise to make the popeâ€™s visit important and newsworthy. Now, informed observers are speculating that the pope might DGGDQRWKHUGHVWLQDWLRQWRKLVÂżUVW Asian trip â€“ one that would mark the voyage as truly historic. Adding a stopover in the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China â€“ with which the Vatican has not had diplomatic relations for more than 60 years â€“ would represent an extraordinary variation in the careful planning typical of papal travel. But Pope Francis has proven willing to improvise audaciously in the most diplomatically sensitive situations, as when he stopped to pray at the Israeli-built security barrier in the West Bank during his late-May visit to the Holy Land. Spending a mere half-day in %HLMLQJ ZKLFK VLWV RQ WKH Ă€LJKW path from Seoul to Rome, the pope could easily visit the cityâ€™s Catholic cathedral and the nearby tomb of his Jesuit confrere Matteo Ricci, the 16th-century missionary to China whose cause for VDLQWKRRGZDVUHRSHQHGLQ To be sure, such a visit remains a long shot, either this summer or at any point in the foreseeable fuWXUH<HW3RSH)UDQFLVÂśSRQWLÂżFDWH has already offered signs of hope for better relations with China. One such sign was the popeâ€™s choice of secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. During his time as the Vaticanâ€™s undersecretary for relations ZLWKVWDWHVIURPWRWKH future cardinal played a key role in improving relations with Beijing. In that period, the two sides reached a tacit understanding on the crucial question of the ordination of Chinese bishops, agreeing that new ordinations would require approval by both the Vatican and the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association. 7KDW SURJUHVV KDOWHG LQ when the government arranged for the ordination of a bishop without the popeâ€™s approval, and reportedly coerced several other bishops to attend the ceremony. ,Q WKH JRYHUQPHQW SODFHG another bishop under house arrest
and rescinded his episcopal appointment after he announced at his ordination Mass that he would not take part in the Catholic Patriotic Association. Nevertheless, Pope Francis told an Italian interviewer in 0DUFKWKDWÂłWKHUHDUHVRPH relationsâ€? with China, and revealed that he and President Xi Jinping had exchanged congratulatory messages with each other following their almost-simultaneous elections the previous March. 3RSH )UDQFLV LV D ÂżJXUH RI widespread interest in China, and his speeches and diplomatic initiatives â€“ such as his campaign to end the civil war in Syria and his June 8 prayer for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents â€“ have received favourable coverage in state-controlled media there. A photo opportunity with the colossally popular pope would be an undoubted coup for President Xi and his government in terms of
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their international reputation for respect of religious freedom and other human rights. In early June, the South China Morning Post, citing unnamed VRXUFHV ÂłFORVH WRÂ´ WKH +RO\ 6HH and the Church in Hong Kong, reported that Vatican and Chinese RIÂżFLDOV PLJKW PHHW EHIRUH WKH end of the year. Yet moves toward rapprochement could be blocked at any time. Beijingâ€™s policies toward the Catholic Church have typically UHĂ€HFWHG D FRPSOH[ VHW RI LQĂ€Xences, including its dealings with other Religious communities, such as Chinaâ€™s Protestants and the Tibetan Buddhist followers of the Dalai Lama. In terms of such political dynamics, there is still a lot of time left before Pope Francis boards his plane to Seoul. Â„ CNS Rocca heads Catholic News Serviceâ€™s Rome bureau.
16 POPE FRANCIS Pontiff talks about piety... VATICAN CITY â€“ Being pious is
not squeezing oneâ€™s eyes shut to the world and putting on a sweet little angel face, Pope Francis said. Piety is opening up oneâ€™s heart to God and oneâ€™s arms to embrace everyone as brothers and sisters, he said on June 4 at his weekly general audience. â€œThe gift of piety that the Holy Spirit gives us makes us meek; it makes us peaceful, patient and at peace with God in gentle service to others,â€? he said. The pope said he wanted to clarify the meaning of piety â€œbecause some people think that being pious is closing your eyes, putting on a sweet angel face, isnâ€™t that right? To pretend to be a saintâ€? and holier than thou. But piety is recognising â€œour belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most GLIÂżFXOW DQG WURXEOHG PRPHQWVÂ´ he said. Â„ CNS
... and sports VATICAN CITY â€“ Pope Francis urged athletes to live life the same way they play sports: Donâ€™t hog the ball, donâ€™t fall back on defence, and make sure to keep it fun. He also called on policymakers and communities to guarantee all kids have access to sports, education and jobs early on in life, â€œand I guarantee that there will be no addictions to drugs, alcohol and many other vicesâ€?. The pope made his comments during a gathering in St Peterâ€™s Square on June 7 with tens of thousands of children, young adults, coaches and athletes to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Italian Sports Centre, the Catholic Actionâ€™s sports association in Italy. The pope told participants to make sure sports always stayed fun. â€œOnly if it stays a game does it do the body and spirit good,â€? he said. He urged athletes to approach life the same way they approach sports by â€œputting yourself in the game on a quest for the good, in the Church and in society, without fear, with courage and enthusiasmâ€?. Â„ CNS
Pope Francis speaks during an invocation for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican Gardens. CNS photo
Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
Pope on economic system, extremism and his safety He gives a wide-ranging interview to a Spanish newspaper VATICAN CITY â€“ The world economic system inevitably promotes PLOLWDU\FRQĂ€LFWDVDZD\WRHQULFK the most powerful nations, said Pope Francis. He also condemned religious fundamentalism, defended the controversial record of Pope Pius XII and said he does not worry about his personal safety because â€œat my age I donâ€™t have much to loseâ€?. His words appeared in an interview published on June 12 in the Spanish daily La Vanguardia.
Bad economic system â€œWe are in a world economic system that is not good,â€? he said. â€œA system that in order to survive must make war, as great empires have always done. But since you cannot have a Third World War, you have regional wars. And what does this mean? That arms are made and sold, and in this way the idolatrous economies, the great ZRUOG HFRQRPLHV WKDW VDFULÂżFH man at the feet of the idol of money, obviously keep their balance sheets in the black.â€? Yet the pope reiterated that globalizationâ€™s failings are not only material but cultural, since it â€œcancels differencesâ€?. He called for an economic system that preserves each personâ€™s â€œparticularity, richness, identityâ€?. Religious violence The pope also addressed the question of religiously inspired violence, noting that Christians had committed such violence in the past, for example during the 17thcentury Thirty Yearsâ€™ War. Christianity, Judaism and Islam all â€œhave our fundamentalist groups, small in relation to the restâ€?, he said. â€œA fundamentalist group, even if it doesnâ€™t strike anyone, is violent. The mentality of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God.â€? The interview was conducted on June 9, the day after the pope
Pope Francis greets the crowd in St Peterâ€™s Square. â€˜I cannot greet a nation and tell it that I love it from inside a sardine can, even one made of glass,â€™ he said about minimising safety precautious for himself. CNS photo
presided over an â€œinvocation for peaceâ€? at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The pope said that event took place in spite of skepticism from his own subordinates. â€œIt was not easy,â€? he said. â€œHere in the Vatican, 99 percent said it would not happen and afterward the one percent grew.â€? Pope Pius XII He also said opening Vatican archives relating to the Holocaust â€œwill shed much lightâ€? on that subject, particularly the record of Pope Pius, whom critics argue did not say or do all he could to oppose the Nazi genocide. â€œThey have dumped everything on poor Pius XII. But you have to remember that once he was seen as the great defender of the Jews,â€? he said. â€œI am not saying that Pius XII did not make mistakes â€“ I myself make a lot â€“ but you have to interpret his role
in the context of the time. Was it better, for example, that he not speak in order to avoid the killing of more Jews, or that he speak?â€? 5HĂ€HFWLQJ RQ WKH -HZLVK RULgins of Christianity, the pope said â€œyou cannot live your Christianity, you cannot be a true Christian, if you do not recognize its Jewish rootâ€?. He also spoke about his priorities and leadership style. â€œI donâ€™t have any personal agenda that I carried in under my arm,â€? he said. â€œWhat I am doing is carrying outâ€? the recommendations made by cardinals prior to the March 2013 conclave. Among those recommendations, the pope said, was greater consultation with outside advisers, which prompted his establishment of an international, eight-member Council of Cardinals. Asked how he would like history to remember him, the pope said: â€œâ€˜He was a good guy, he did what he could, he was not so bad.â€™ I would be happy with that.â€?
However, the pope insisted he takes his role seriously. â€œWhen a chief of state comes, I have to receive him with the dignity and protocol he deserves,â€? he said. |Itâ€™s true that I have my problems with protocol, but one has to respect it.â€? His safety The pope acknowledged that his accessibility to crowds leaves him vulnerable to attacks, but said his safety â€œis in Godâ€™s handsâ€?. â€œI cannot greet a nation and tell it that I love it from inside a sardine can, even one made of glass. For me that is a wall,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s true that something can happen to me, but letâ€™s be realistic. At my age I donâ€™t have much to lose.â€? Asked about the World Cup, which opened in Brazil on June 12, the soccer-loving pope said with a laugh that he had promised Brazilians his neutrality because of their traditional rivalry with his native Argentina. Â„ CNS
Participants plant olive tree as peace symbol Â„ From Page 1
Patriarch Bartholomew read in English from the Book of Isaiah: â€œThe wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent â€“ its food shall be dust.â€? At the end of the ceremony, which lasted about an hour and 45 minutes, the pope, patriarch
and the two presidents kissed each other on both cheeks, then took up shovels and added dirt to the base of a newly planted olive tree. They then spent about 15 minutes speaking privately inside the nearby Casina Pio IV, a 16thcentury villa which now houses VHYHUDO SRQWLÂżFDO DFDGHPLHV Â„ CNS
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Sunday June 29, 2014 Â„ CatholicNews
Pope highlights 3 kinds of Catholics VATICAN CITY â€“ Those who insist
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Wearied in our patience
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About young people who stop attending Mass
CN, June 15
The reasons given by young people who have not been going to Mass regularly, as reported by &ODUD /DL <RXQJ 3HRSOH :KR 'RQÂśW $WWHQG &KXUFK &1 -XQH 15), make for interesting reading. They are not that insurmountable. If the Catholic Church wants to lead those who have left back to the fold, she has to do a lot of soul searching and for this, hopeIXOO\WKH2IÂżFHIRU<RXQJ3HRSOH can be up to the task. Find out what is it in the Catholic Church that is driving the youths away to other religions or into the wilderness. Is it, to quote: Â‡Âł0DVVFDQEHDOLWWOHGU\Â´" Â‡ â€œsee it [Mass] as a ritual and QRWDQHHGÂ´"6XFKDVVDPHURXWLQH HJ,QWURGXFWRU\5LWHV/LWXUJ\RI the Eucharist etc. Â‡ â€œthe church was too indoctriQDWLQJDQGVWLĂ€LQJÂ´" Â‡ â€œthe homilies. A lot of them I FRXOGQÂśWUHODWHWRÂ´" All these are valid reasons. )U %ULDQ 'Âś6RX]DÂśV WDNH WKDW â€œour world has changed and the prevalent philosophies such as relativism, subjectivism and secuODULVPÂ´ KDYH SHUYDGHG RXU VRFLHties is spot on. When human beings are exposed to all these changes, they start to question the ways the Catholic Church is being managed. I am not particularly worried. I understand those who want to leave the Church. I wish them a happy journey in search of the truth. There is this â€œGodâ€™s quiet presHQFHLQRXUOLYHVÂ´DVPHQWLRQHGE\ Fr Ronald Rolheiser. They will be safe. The Catholic Church, based on Christâ€™s teaching, has given humanity a blueprint to live a life that supports each and every individual EHLQJ WR ÂżQG WKHLU GHVWLQ\ RQ WKLV Earth and the afterlife. Some accept this blueprint, others do not. Â„ Joseph Tan Singapore 287457
THIRTY years ago, before the airline hijackings of September 11, 2001, before the shoe-bomber and others like him, it was simpler to travel by air. You didnâ€™t need to take off your shoes to pass through security, you could carry liquids with you, laptops and other electronic devices, if you had any, did not have to be brought out of your carryon bags, the door to the cockpit wasnâ€™t barricaded with steel, and there was much less paranoia in general about security. You even got to see the pilot occasionally. I remember such an occasion thirty years ago when I did see the pilot, and heard him engage in conversation with a particular SDVVHQJHU,WZDVDQHDUO\PRUQLQJĂ€LJKWIURP'XEOLQWR/RQGRQ in a small, commuter-type plane with no business-class section. I ZDVVHDWHGLQWKHDLVOHVHDWLQWKHÂżUVWURZDQGGLUHFWO\DFURVVWKH DLVOHIURPPHLQWKHÂżUVWURZRIVHDWVVDWDPLGGOHDJHGZRPDQ ZKRYHU\VRRQPDGHLWFOHDUWKDWVKHKDGDSKRELDDERXWĂ€\LQJ Shortly after we were seated she called the airline attendant over and told her that her family had talked her into taking this Ă€LJKWEXWWKDWVKHZDVWHUULEO\IULJKWHQHGDQGZDVKDYLQJVHFRQG thoughts about staying on the plane. The attendant gently tried to reassure her that everything was safe; indeed statistically she was safer in the air than on the ground. But logic doesnâ€™t so easily quiet a phobia. The woman was reassured for the moment, aided no doubt by the fact that she was sitting ten feet from the door which was still wide open and that our plane was, for the moment, obviously not going anywhere. But she began to be more progressively more panicky after the doors were closed and the plane began to back away from the gate. The airline attendant reappeared to calm her and, for a few moments again, her reassurance worked. The woman grew calm and our plane took its place in the queue of planes waiting to take off. Suddenly, the woman broke out in a full-scale anxiety-attack, shouting to the airline attendant that she needed to get off the plane. The attendant, having already twice failed to effectively calm her, opened the door to the cockpit to talk to the pilot and, within a minute, the pilot emerged and began to speak to the panicked woman. He might have been a professional counsellor, given the patience and empathy with which he treated her. He took her hand DQGJHQWO\JDYHKHUUHDVVXUDQFHVÂł,WÂśVRND\WRIHHOOLNHWKLV/RWV RISHRSOHKDYHWKHVHIHDUV<RXÂśUHSHUIHFWO\VDIHKHUH,KDYHĂ€RZQ this route countless times in this very airplane; I guarantee itâ€™s VDIH<RXUIDPLO\ZLOOEHZDLWLQJIRU\RXLQ/RQGRQWKLQNRIKRZ happy theyâ€™ll be! And once youâ€™ll have done this, youâ€™ll be free from this fear for the rest of your life. I will personally escort you RIIWKHSODQHLQ/RQGRQÂ´ His words seemed to work a magic, the woman calmed down and nodded to him that she was ready. Yes, she was going to do this. The pilot returned to his seat in the cockpit, and I sat in awe of his patience. But a phobia is what it is. After several minutes, just as it was our turn to move out for takeoff, the woman went into another DQ[LHW\DWWDFN ZRUVH WKDQ WKH ÂżUVW 7KH DLUOLQH DWWHQGDQW JRW XS and quickly opened the cockpit door, sharing the situation with the pilot. The door closed without a word and our plane turned round and slowly taxied back to our gate. Upon arrival, the pilot announced that we had returned to the JDWH EHFDXVH D SDVVHQJHU ZDV H[SHULHQFLQJ ÂłDQ HPHUJHQF\Â´ EXW that we wouldnâ€™t be too long at the gate. A jetway bridge came out from the gate and the door of the plane opened. The airline attendant opened the door to the cockpit and I could hear the pilotâ€™s voice clearly. Irritated, angry, sharp in tone, he said to the attendant: Get her off! Just get her off this plane! Gone were his patience, gentleness, warmth, and empathy. He had already tried these, to no avail. The woman had had her chance. It was time to move on: Get her off! Just get her off this plane! We all sympathised with his loss of patience. Weâ€™d run out of patience too. We needed to get on with our trip. It wasnâ€™t like he hadnâ€™t tried. Heâ€™d just run out of patience, got worn-down, had had enough. Thatâ€™s understandable and forgivable. Heâ€™d had done well, pretty well in fact â€Ś but, in the end, not well enough. Ultimately he had given in to weariness and scripture tells us that we must never grow weary of doing whatâ€™s right. Â„
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Challenges and goals for the German-speaking community By Clara Lai According to Fr Hans-Joachim Fogl, Singapore has the biggest active German-speaking Catholic community in Asia. Fr Hans, 53, who came to Singapore in September 2004, is currently the chaplain of the German Catholic community here. Together with one of the main coordinators Ms Susanne Greiner, 47, Fr Hans told CatholicNews about their community in a recent interview. The German Catholic community in Singapore was started in 1981, with only about 30 people attending the monthly German Mass then. Today, it has expanded to about 280 families, or approximately 900 people. There are about 250 people who attend the German Mass at Maris Stella Chapel at Holland Road every Sunday at 10.30am, except during the summer holidays in mid-June to mid-August, when they will then join their local parishes for Mass. Ms Greiner said that the people in the community are German-speaking and include Austrians, Swiss and people from Liechtenstein. â€œOne unique thing I have to mention is that we have altar girls,â€? Fr Hans said with a grin. â€œItâ€™s our tradition.â€? Sacraments In 2013, Fr Hans conducted two marriages in German. To qualify, the couple have to have at least one member who can speak German. Last year, the community had VHYHQ EDSWLVPV FRQÂżUPDQGV and 41 First Holy Communion children. This yearâ€™s, only 25 children had their First Holy Communion. Fr Hans explained that they
German Catholic children with their communityâ€™s chaplain, Fr Hans-Joachim Fogl, after this yearâ€™s First Holy Communion.
will try to send those wishing to be baptised to Germany to be baptised rather than being baptised here. It would be a hassle if they were back in their country and they wish to get married but UHTXLUHWKHEDSWLVPFHUWLÂżFDWHKH said.
and all priests in Germany have to do so. Therefore for these students, they just need to take a one-year preparatory class where they are guided by catechists weekly to have their First Holy Communion.
German Catholic children in Singapore study religion as part of their school syllabus.
The communityâ€™s events
In the German international school here, the children are already taking catechism as part of their curriculum â€“ and there are exams too! Fr Hans, who teaches religion in the German-European School, explained that teaching religion is part of his parish work,
The community here tries â€œto keep our traditions according to our home countryâ€?, said Fr Hans. For example, they celebrate the feast days of St Martin with a lantern procession and of St Nicholas where the children will receive little gift bags of apples and oranges and chocolates. Their community feast is also an annual gathering for the members, and it is usually held in November to coincide with the feast day of their patron saint, St Elizabeth of Thuringia, Fr Hans said. However, they held the community feast on May 1 in the Church of St Ignatius this year. Challenges they face
Fr Hans (right) with one of the main coordinators, Ms Susanne Greiner.
7KHQXPEHURIPHPEHUVĂ€XFWXDWH greatly, Fr Hans said. â€œMany families are leaving this year, especially during the summer break, either to go back home or to go to other countries.â€? Therefore, when current members see new faces, they will â€œcontact them fast and make them feel at homeâ€?, Ms Greiner said. They would also then have to â€œmake the community more open towards having new peopleâ€?, she added. In Germany, the parish activities are supported by mandatory Church taxes. But for the commu-
This year, the community feast was held at the Church of St Ignatius on May 1. The event is an annual gathering for members.
nity here, their events are funded by collections and donations from people. This creates a challenge, because as Ms Greiner puts it, â€œpeople are not used to giving so much to the Churchâ€?. The communityâ€™s projects The community has been supporting an orphanage in Cambodia for QLQH\HDUVE\ÂżQDQFLDOO\VSRQVRUing 80 children in education and healthcare. They also go there regularly ZLWK WKH &RQÂżUPDQGV WR LQWHUDFW with the children. Fr Hans added that each year, the Grade 10 students in his school will go to India for a twoweek community project where they will help by building houses or water tanks. %RWK SURMHFWV DUH ÂżQDQFLDOO\ supported by the German Catholic community when the students have fundraisers at the Maris Stella Chapel.
Ms Greiner also said that every Tuesday morning, the women in the community will go to the Missionaries of Charityâ€™s Gift of Love Home to interact with the residents by playing jigsaw puzzles and singing with them, among other activities. But could there be more collaboration between the community and the local Church? Fr Hans said that perhaps for the community feast in future, â€œwe can invite parishioners in all the local parishes to joinâ€?. He added that there are plans to organise a concert in March next year, which they will try to link with Singaporeâ€™s 50th birthday so that it would be their present for the country. Both Fr Hans and Ms Greiner also agreed that they hope this concert will bring more collaboration between their community and the local Church. Â„ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Honouring our This issue, CatholicNews gives special mention to our priests 60 YEARS
Franciscan Friar Bonaventure dedicated himself to pastoral and formation ministry in Singapore throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to serving at Bukit Batok, he ministered at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Church of Sacred
Heart as well as with Hai Sing Pao. After leaving Singapore, Friar Bonaventure served as a missionary in Morocco, and subsequently with the Chinese community in Australia, before returning to Taiwan, where he continues to be engaged with pastoral ministry. Friar Bonaventure celebrated his diamond jubilee with a Mass and lunch reception at the Church of St Mary of the Angels on May 17. Â„
Sr Elizabeth will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on Dec 7. In her youth, she joined the group called Children of Mary under the spiritual direction of Fr Francis Chan (who later became the Bishop of Penang). One day, Fr Chan took her and a few others to visit the Carmelite Monastery at Kampong Bahru. She liked the place very much and asked to join the community as a lay Sister. Although there was much to do tending the vegetable garden, feeding the
poultry and helping in the household chores, Sr Elizabeth had time for English lessons and was instructed in Carmelite spirituality. After Vatican II, she made her solemn profession. Although she continued to have a great love for plants and animals, she was given new responsibilities. The most outstanding years were those when she was in charge of the Host OfÂżFH6KHMXVWNQHZKRZWRPL[Ă€RXUZLWK the right amount of cold water to make the whitest and crispiest hosts that the faithful in Singapore had tasted for so many years. When interviewed, she said, â€œToo cold cannot, not cold enough also cannot.â€? Nowadays, she is happy when given some ginger or garlic to peel every morning and is ever ready to help other Sisters cook the string beans or pluck some vegetables. She is hard of hearing and has poor YLVLRQ EXW \RX FDQ ÂżQG KHU LQ WKH &KRLU ZKHQWKH'LYLQH2IÂżFHLVUHFLWHGGXULQJ meditation and she is most fervent at daily Mass. Â„
In 1951, Gladys Sewell entered the Postulancy at Mount Alvernia Convent in Moulmein Road, thus starting her journey as a Franciscan Missionary of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Sister. Now known as Sr Thomasina, she celebrated 60 years as an FMDM Sister on March 24. Sr Thomasina took up nursing and midwifery training, as well as Advanced
Nursing Administration in England and Ireland before returning to Mt Alvernia Hospital in 1961. Her ministry has mainly been in nursing and midwifery, as well as in administration and leadership. She worked in Mt Alvernia Hospital, Villa Francis, Our Ladyâ€™s Hospital in Ipoh and back again in England and Ireland. Sr Thomasina was also the Novice 'LUHFWUHVVZKHQWKH\VWDUWHGWKHLUÂżUVWORcal Novitiate in the 1980s. After her time again in the Motherhouse in England, she returned to Singapore in 2001. Presently, Sr Thomasinaâ€™s ministry is to help in the hospital as an FMDM Sister. Â„
Theresa Pillai joined the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood in 1952. She had her Religious Formation at the International Noviciate in United Kingdom and made KHU ÂżUVW YRZV RQ 6KH ZDV QDPHG Sr Catherine of Siena. During her Religious life, Sr Siena underwent General Nursing Training in Ireland and Midwifery training in UK.
Returning to Singapore she has served in several capacities, including nursing at the Trafalgar Home for people with Hansenâ€™s Disease in our early history. Later, she served in Mount Alvernia Hospital in the General and Maternity Wards until her retirement. Sr Siena took on training in Clinical Pastoral Education in the Philippines and the Singapore Anti-Narcotic Associationâ€™s (SANA) basic training for 9ROXQWHHU$IWHUFDUH2IÂżFHUV6KHVHUYHG on SANA and visited prisons for many years. She received the Silver Medal of Honour in 2004 and the Gold Medal of Honour for her dedication to this cause in 2005. Sr Siena is now being cared for at the St Theresaâ€™s Home for the elderly. Â„
Born in 1961, Fr Hans-Joachim Fogl grew up in South Germany. After KH ÂżQLVKHG +LJK School in 1981, he joined the Theological Pre-seminar to study Latin, Greek and Hebrew and in 1982, he started his studies in philosophy and theology at the Universities in TĂźbingen and Innsbruck. His ordination as deacon was in December 1987. In 1989, he was ordained priest. Thereafter, Fr Hans also took up pedagogical and spiritual studies and became an educator for children and juveniles, as well as spiritual advisor.
In 2001, Fr Hans was appointed to work for the Secretary of the External of the German Bishopsâ€™ Conference. He was also Chaplain of the German-speaking Catholic Community in Rome until July 2004. Since September 2004, Fr Hans has been chaplain of the German-speaking Catholic Community in Singapore. In addition to that, he has also been chaplain of the German-speaking Catholic Community in Kuala Lumpur since 2008 and coordinator for the Chaplaincies of Southeast Asia-Australia since 2009. In Singapore, he takes care of the German-speaking Catholics from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol. As part of his appointment as priest, he also teaches Religion at the German-European School in Singapore. Â„
Fr James Yeo marked his 25th year as a priest on May 1. A Mass celebrated by Fr Cary Chan and Fr Alphonsus Dominic, and concelebrated by more than 50 priests was held at the Church of the Holy Spirit that day. After his years of formation in the Major Seminary in Penang, Fr James was ordained a deacon in the Church of Christ the King on 14th March 1989. He was supposed to serve in that par-
ish, but due to some developments in the Church of Risen Christ, he ministered there instead until 1994. In that same year, he left for further studies in Rome. On his return in 1996, he began teaching in the Major Seminary in Singapore. At the same time, he also served at the Church of the Holy Spirit till 1998. In 1998, he was appointed parish priest of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He served there until 2005, when he left for Australia to pursue his doctorate degree. On his return, he was in the Church of St Anne from 2007 to 2012. In 2013, he was appointed by Archbishop William Goh as rector of the new Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. Â„
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s and Religious who celebrate their jubilees this year. 50 YEARS
Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia was born in 1938, and ordained a priest on Jan 26, 1964. From 1964 to 1966, he served as assistant priest of Church of Sts Peter and Paul and from 1967 to 1969, he was assistant priest at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. He spent two years in Rome to obtain his licentiate in moral theology from the Gregorian University, and also did comparative studies on religions. Archbishop Chia then became a lecturer in College General, Penang from 1973 to 1977. In that same year, he took a two-month course on the marriage tribunal in the Gregorian University. From 1978 to 1990, he was Singapore Pastoral Instituteâ€™s director. From 1980 to 2001, he was parish priest of Church of the Holy Cross. He was also an external lecturer at the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary from 1983 to 1996, the chaplain to Catholic students in National University of Singapore from 1990-2001, as well as chancellor and procurator of the Singapore archdiocese from 1995 to 2001. On October 7, 2001, he was ordained Archbishop of Singapore. Archbishop Chia established various bodies to oversee the critical interests of the Church. These include:
Fr Peter Tan, who was born in 1953, was ordained a priest on Feb 25, 1989. He was previously an assistant priest at the Church of the Holy Cross, and his most recent appointment was as parish priest of the Church of St Michael, which he has been since February 2002. Â„
Â‡ The archdiocesan vocation promotion team, parish vocation teams and Serra Club to promote vocations to the priesthood. Â‡ Caritas and CHARIS to coordinate the archdiocesanâ€™s charitable works. Â‡ Small Christian Communities (SCCs). Â‡ The Archdiocesan Land and Properties Singapore (ALPS) to oversee the management of archdiocesan land and building assets. Â‡ The Professional Standards 2IÂżFH362 WRPDLQWDLQWKHSURfessionalism of clergy and Church workers, including volunteers,
especially those dealing with children. Â‡ The Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre and Youth Ministry 2IÂżFH Â‡ The Human Resources OfÂżFHWRVWDQGDUGLVHKXPDQUHVRXUFH practices within the archdiocese. Archbishop Chia is also known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue. In 2012, he was given the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) Award. 2Q0D\5RPHRIÂżcially accepted Archbishop Chiaâ€™s resignation as head of Singapore archdiocese. Â„
Having spent almost two decades serving the hearing impaired in Singapore, which brought her to various parts of the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and China, Sr Jacqueline left that all behind to embark on a journey of a lifetime â€“ to the golden land of a million pagodas. Since late 2010, she has ofÂżFLDOO\WDNHQRQWKH&DQRVVDPLVsion in Myanmar, organising youth camps for the hundreds of children
and young adults hungering to learn and discover new experiences. She empowers them by teaching English and faith education through a slew of interactive games, inspiring workshops and input talks. Very often, she has to travel for days under erratic weather conditions into the farthest reaches of her adopted country, which has just opened up to tourism in 2011. Sr Jacq shrugs it off by saying, â€œThe Lord is never outdone in generosity,â€? as she recounts her many heart-warming encounters with the local churches and fellow Catholics she meets along the way. Â„
Fr Robert Balhetchet was born in 1939. Ordained on Jan 26, 1964, he was later appointed assistant parish priest of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in 1965. In 1980, he then became parish priest. In that year, he was also in the planning committee of St
Francis Xavier Major Seminary. Fr Balhetchet was the overall coordinator for the committee organising Pope John Paul IIâ€™s visit in 1986, and was also the chaplain of Carmelite Monastery. He was the editor of CatholicNews from 2002 to 2003. Fr Balhetchet was also trained in dogmatic theology specialising in ecclesiology. After earning his doctorate, he taught at College General, then the regional seminary for Malaysia and Singapore. Fr Balhetchet was a promiQHQWÂżJXUHLQWKHÂżHOGRIHGXcation in Singapore. It is said that the late Mr Goh Keng Swee, who was then Singaporeâ€™s Minister for Education, had great respect for him. Â„
Born in 1935, Fr Aloysius Doraisamy was ordained on Jan 26, 1964. He has been a priest-inresidence in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Church of St Francis Xavier, Church of St Teresa, and the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Â„
Carmelite Sr Angeline will be celebrating her 25th year as a Religious on Oct 15. She entered the congregation in January 1987 and never regretted her decision, she said. The spiritual life in Carmel has been a joy and delight to her soul, she added. She believes that faith is the strength of their prayers and that every day is a new beginning for deeper faith. In 2004, Sr Angeline felt another new call, which was their mission for Myanmar. The Sisters now hope and pray that in His time, God may Â„ Continued on Page 22
grace them with a Carmelite monastery in Myanmar for His holy people and for His greater glory. Â„
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Honouring our Jubilarians 50 YEARS Â„ From Page 21
Fr Anthony Ponnudurai was born in Singapore in 1932 and moved to India during his childhood years. It was there that he entered the Society of Jesus in 1951. He stayed in India for his formation to the priesthood and was ordained on March 19, 1964. He made KLVWHUWLDQVKLSWKHÂżQDOSKDVH of formation for Jesuits) in InGLD DQG PDGH KLV ÂżQDO SURIHVsion as a Jesuit in 1970. Fr Ponnudurai had worked in India, Mauritius and Indo-
nesia until 1976, when he was appointed parish priest of the Church of the Risen Christ in Kuala Lumpur. Due to the difÂżFXOW\IRUSULHVWVDQG5HOLJLRXV to renew visas in Malaysia in the 1980s, Fr Ponnudurai came to Singapore during that time and was duly invited to apply for Singapore citizenship as he was born in Singapore. That was when he also joined the local Jesuit community. He was appointed novice master and team member of the then newly established Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling and helped with Masses both at the Jesuit parish Church of St Ignatius as well as at the Church of St Vincent de Paul. He was appointed Regional Superior of the Malaysia-Singapore Region of the Jesuits from 1992-1998. Fr Ponnudurai continues to minister to the faithful at Church of St Ignatius and gives talks, seminars and retreats on Ignatian Spirituality at the Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling. Â„
Fr Frans De Ridder was born in Belgium in 1940. He joined the Scheut Missions (CICM) in 1958, was ordained a priest in 1964, and left for Taiwan the following year. After studying Taiwanese, while in the diocese of Taichung, he taught in the Catechist School and was spiritual director in the Minor Seminary. From 1973 to 1979, he was CICM
Provincial Superior of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. After 15 years in Taiwan, Fr Frans started a new chapter in his journey when he was assigned to Singapore in 1981 and served as assistant priest at the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Church of Christ the King. Later, as rector of the CICM house at Nassim Road and Lady Hill, he was involved in a variety of groups and ministries: CHOICE, Engaged Encounter, Marriage Encounter (both English and Mandarin), the Archdiocesan Commission for Missionary Activity (ACMA) and the InterReligious Organisation (IRO). He was also spiritual director of many Religious and laypeople â€“ an ongoing ministry up to the present. While he was superior of CICM Singapore, he had the joy of welcoming and accompanying two local CICM vocations: Fr Peter Koh and Fr Anthony Lim.
In 1994 he was assigned as assistant priest at the Church of St Francis of Assisi until 1997 when his responsibilities in the CICM China Apostolate became a fulltime task demanding frequent travel between China, Belgium and the Philippines. He returned to Singapore in April 2005 and, from the CICM District House in Pandan Valley, he resumed his missionary activities, also helping out at the Church of the Holy Cross, particularly among the Mandarin-speaking. In 2010, he was once again appointed Provincial Superior with residence in Taipei. After his WHUPRIRIÂżFHZDVFRPSOHWHGKH opted to resume pastoral ministry in Taipei where, since beginning 2013, he has been parish priest at the Church of the Holy Rosary. Fr Frans is expected to celebrate his golden jubilee with a Mass at the Church of St Francis of Assisi on Aug 12 at 7.30pm. Â„
Note: Not all who are celebrating their jubilees are highlighted here as some have declined to be featured.
Compiled by Clara Lai.
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and to keep all of my commandments! Then they and their descendants MOSES had called the people of Is- would prosper forever.â€? The Lord told Moses to let the peorael together so that he could give them the laws and regulations that ple of Israel know that if they obeyed God wanted them to follow. He said, Him, He would love and bless them â€œHear, O Israel, the statutes and ordi- above all people. Moses told the peonances which I proclaim in your hear- ple that whenever God tested them, He ing this day, that you may learn them always rewarded them when they were faithful to Him. â€œRemember how for and take care to observe them.â€? Moses reminded the people how these forty years the Lord, your God, God had guided them out of the slav- has directed all your journeying in the ery of Egypt and how they had wan- ZLOGHUQHVVVRDVWRWHVW\RXE\DIĂ€LFdered through the desert. Life was tion, to know what was in your heart: to GLIÂżFXOW DQG VRPHWLPHV WKH SHRSOH keep His commandments, or not.â€? 0RVHVJDYHWKH,VUDHOLWHVVSHFLÂżF complained or thought God had abandoned them, but they said to Moses, examples of how the Lord had cared â€œYou go closer and listen to all that for them. â€œHe therefore let you be afthe Lord, our God, will say, and then Ă€LFWHGZLWKKXQJHUDQGWKHQIHG\RX tell us what the Lord, our God, tells with manna, a food unknown to your ancestors, so you might know that it you; we will listen and obey.â€? When Moses repeated this to the is not by bread alone that people live, Lord, He said, â€œWould that they might but by all that comes forth from the always be of such a mind, to fear me mouth of the Lord.â€?
Bartholomew was born in Northumbria, England, and was one of several men Religious who followed the example set by St Cuthbert to live as hermits on the island of Farne. He is most likely of Scandinavian heritage, and he had a strong desire to travel and explore. He went to Norway, where he became a priest. When Bartholomew arrived at Farne, he found another hermit was already in the place he wanted to live, and the man tried to chase him away. The other hermit eventually left, and Bartholomew had the home he wanted. After being offended by another monk, Bartholomew left the island, but he returned a year later and reconciled with the monk. Bartholomew left a legacy of a holy life and several miracles. +HGLHGLQDQGZHKRQRXUKLPRQ-XQHÂ„
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come proud or to forget the Lord, who had brought them out of Egypt, guided them through the wilderness, provided food and water, and kept them safe. Â„
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And also, â€œThe clothing did not fall from you in tatters, nor did your feet swell these forty years. So you must know in your heart that, even as a man disciplines His son, so the Lord, your God, disciplines you. Therefore, keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, by walking in His ways and fearing Him.â€? Moses wanted the people to always remember that all of the blessings they had received had come from the Lord. He did not want them to be-
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