Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Friday January 30th 2015
During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.

A love for peripheries, the link between Pope Francis and St John Bosco

Friday January 30th 2015
Though he is member of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis shares with the Salesians of St. John Bosco a love for the peripheries, and this is why he has often visited Salesian structures during his pastoral visits.

Pope says palliums will be given to new archbishops at home – not Rome

Friday January 30th 2015
As a sign of “synodality” with local Churches, Pope Francis has decided that new metropolitan archbishops will officially be imposed with the pallium in their home diocese, rather than the Vatican.

Burma's Bibles: encouraging love of Scripture among the laity

Friday January 30th 2015
The Church in Burma is engaged in a series of biblical seminars to aid in catechesis and in drawing the laity to read and appreciate Sacred Scripture, heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council.

On feast of St. Thomas, teachers called to mercifully challenge students

Thursday January 29th 2015
Catholics must be “merciful teachers” in eliciting the best from everyone around them, said a prominent Dominican preacher on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Hope the country will ‘open up’

The editor of the HERALD, Fr Lawrence Andrew, has expressed hope that Malaysia will open up and accommodate the rights of religio....

Three things we learned from: Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ case

Now that the Federal Court has slammed its doors shut on the Catholic Church, it is stuck with the Home Ministry’s 1986 ‘Alla....

Government acting in bad faith

Jerry Dusing, who is president of the Sabah Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) also lamented the Federal Court’s decision. Dusing wonder....

Another case with ‘Allah’

On Jan 22, the case of Sarawakian Christian, Jill Ireland, who had her eight CDs containing the word “Allah” confiscated by t....

Over-flowing of ponggal signifies abundance and prosperity

His grace Emeritus Archbishop Murphy Pakiam celebrated Mass for the Tamil New Year Ponggal, with Fr Stanislaus Soosaimariam as co....

BECs lead the way in Ponggal Festival

About 100 parishioners of Tapah and Bidor gathered at the Church of St Mary to celebrate the festival of Ponggal.

Harvest Festival celebration at CDM,Penang

The Church of the Divine Mercy in Sungai Ara exuded colour and vibrancy over the weekend on January 17 and 18 as the parishioners....

Ponggal celebration in the parishes

The Kuala Lumpur Archbishop, His Grace Julian Leow joined Catholics at the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health (OLGH) on Jan 18 to ....

On feast of St. Thomas, teachers called to mercifully challenge students

Catholics must be “merciful teachers” in eliciting the best from everyone around them, said a prominent Dominican preacher on the feast day of St....

A tale of two cakes: Colorado's far-reaching religious freedom fight

The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado.

'No compromise' – Catholics, evangelicals unite on marriage

A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature ....

Blessed Odoardo Focherini, the father of seven who saved 100 Jewish lives

As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who di....
Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace.
During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.
Though he is member of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis shares with the Salesians of St. John Bosco a love for the peripheries, and this is why he has often visited Salesian structures during his pastoral visits.
As a sign of “synodality” with local Churches, Pope Francis has decided that new metropolitan archbishops will officially be imposed with the pallium in their home diocese, rather than the Vatican.
Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who has served as private secretary to both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, has said that it is “absurd” to believe that there are disagreements between the two Pontiffs.
“This whole pontificate has opened new paths,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich told an American Jesuit publication.
During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.
Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as....
Never underestimate the power of the written word (or spoken word, for that matter).
Malaysians used to be more tolerant than we are today. Once upon a time in a not-so-distant past, we used to visit each other’s open houses freely without worry.
If you don’t have ability, you end up playing in a rock band.” So says a poster in Andrew Neiman’s dorm room.
In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.
About 4,000 youths and adults in El Paso took part in a Celebration of Life March/Youth Rally to bring attention to the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling.
Poverty is the biggest enemy of Zimbabwean Churches, says Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro. Do you agree?
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Food for Thought

In a 2013 speech to 100,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for a celebration of family life, Pope Francis drew the audience’s attention to a painting depicting Jesus’ presentation in the temple.

Letters to Editor

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The fact of the matter is that today, public schools are not what they used to be, and I’m afraid they never will be the same, ever again.

Sunday Reflections

In today’s Gospel reading, the Sacred Writer, the Holy Spirit, speaks about the authority of the Lord. The reading is taken from the first chapter of the earliest of the Gospels, the Gospel of Mark.