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  • Pope Francis’ new encyclical

    Oct 17, 2020

    On October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released a new encyclical entitled, Fratelli Tutti – On Fraternity and Social Friendship. It can appear a rather depressing read because of its searing realism, except it plays the long game of Christian hope.

  • Building fraternal love and solidarity in a troubled world

    Oct 10, 2020

    The Bishop of Rome has released a new encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All) on “fraternity and social friendship”.

  • Spirituality and the second half of life

    Oct 10, 2020

    One size doesn’t fit everyone. This isn’t just true for clothing, it’s also true for spirituality. Our challenges in life change as we age. Spirituality hasn’t always been fully sensitive to this.

  • Building hope, one brick at a time

    Oct 03, 2020

    The country has been in a state of flux in recent weeks as political leaders make their moves to secure positions or wrest power.

  • The hidden face of evil …

    Oct 03, 2020

    Evil doesn’t ordinarily have the face and feel of the devil in Rosemary’s Baby; it has the face and feel of this evening’s newscast.

  • Sabah shows the way

    Sep 26, 2020

    Whatever the outcome of the Sabah state election this weekend, one thing was clear in the weeks leading up to it: Malaysians badly crave greater inclusiveness built on a celebration of unity in diversity. Many thought the country had made that breakthrough in 2018 with a change of government ushering in a new, more inclusive nation.

  • God is Happy …

    Sep 26, 2020

    Christianity, Judaism and Islam ultimately all believe in the same God. Interestingly, too, in the popular mind they also all tend to conceive of God in the same way, namely, as male, celibate and not particularly happy.

  • May they all be One

    Sep 20, 2020

    On Sept 16 we celebrated Malaysia Day. This time it was under the cloud of the coronavirus, an economic downturn and political upheaval.

  • Moving beyond mistakes and weaknesses

    Sep 19, 2020

    The excusable doesn’t need to be excused and the inexcusable cannot be excused.

  • What is the minimum that workers should be paid?

    Sep 13, 2020

    The official minimum wage: RM1,200/ month Employers should not pay their workers less than the minimum wage. But it happens, especially for unskilled work, eg certain restaurant staff and cleaners. And not a few of these workers do not have retirement savings (EPF) or accident insurance cover (Socso).