Malacca Johore Diocese News Update #176

2000 perished in the landslides in Papua New Guinea. A cyclone hit Bangladesh. Tornadoes, heavy rain and strong winds were reported in many parts of the world.

Jun 07, 2024

Greetings dear friends of MJD,

2000 perished in the landslides in Papua New Guinea. A cyclone hit Bangladesh. Tornadoes, heavy rain and strong winds were reported in many parts of the world. Turbulence grounded two planes and severely injured a number of passengers. Security checks and police patrols have been heightened on both sides of the border since the Ulu Tiram incident. The Italian teenager, Carlo Acutis, is to be canonised as the first millennial saint.

The PM says: Save the nation! Protect the people’s rights! SPM scorers praised again. The PM recently launched the Rakan Muda programme again at Melaka.

The Pope’s visit is being anticipated with much excitement in the parishes and by Catholics.

People are edgy. UncertainTimes:

ONE MINUTE FOR PEACE (UMPP) is 10 years old and is, unfortunately, very timely.

We invite everyone to participate and promote this simple proposal that addresses everyone where they are.

“At 1.00pm on June 8,we are invited to dedicate a minute for peace — in prayer, for believers; in reflection, for non-believers — everyone together for a more fraternal world. Thanks go to Catholic Action International, which is promoting this initiative.” Pope Francis, 2019

UMPP is an initiative first launched on June 6, 2014 at 1.00pm, in support of the ‘Invocation for Peace’ meeting promoted by Pope Francis on June 8 that year in the Vatican Gardens together with the President of Israel (Shimon Peres), the President of the Palestinian Authority (Mahmoud Abbas – Abu Mazen), with the Patriarch of Constantinople (Bartholomew I).

Since 2015, we have remembered the day of that meeting and the Pope has encouraged us to intensify our daily commitment as ‘peacemakers’ every year on June 8, spreading the invitation to all.

A Thought For The Week:
A mother camel and her baby are talking one day and the baby camel asks, “Mom why have we got these huge three-toed feet?” The mother replies, “To enable us to trek across the soft sand of the desert without sinking.”

“And why have we got these long, heavy eyelashes?” “To keep the sand out of our eyes on the trips through the desert” replies the mother camel. “And Mom, why have we got these big humps on our backs?” The mother, now a little impatient with the boy replies, “They are there to help us store fat for our long treks across the desert, so we can go without water for long periods.”

“OK, I get it!” says the baby camel, “We have huge feet to stop us sinking, long eyelashes to keep the sand from our eyes and humps to store water. Then, Mom, why the heck are we here in the Toronto zoo?”

Lesson from the Camel: One can lose the God-given grace, the charisms and gifts when we are not where we are created to be. We can be conditioned to become less than what we are created for. The environment and its people can make us forget “who we are”.

Announcements For The Week:
1. The Jubilee 2025 begins in December 2024. Three parishes in the diocese will be designated as pilgrim centres, and initiate the Opening of the Jubilee Door. For more information please go to the Jubilee 2025 website.

2. Coming up NEXT? Mangrove Project with Caritas-CJC MJD in July 6. The 7th Kursus Evangelisasi Peribadi (KEP) takes off on July 7!

3. The peninsula prepares for its August Regional Pastoral Assembly, also known as PMPC5.

QnQ? Q asks: Can you do your part in conjunction with World Environment Day?

1. World Environment Day was on June 5. Everybody alive now is part of a generation that is the first to witness the devastating effects of environmental degradation. Drought, land degradation and desertification have the potential to destroy life on planet Earth. As the campaign for World Environment Day starts, it is a good opportunity to get involved.

2. The message is clear. Ecosystems restoration on a mass scale is needed to tackle climate change, save species from extinction and secure our future. Let’s combat plastic pollution on World Environment Day by refusing single-use plastic. Each year, at least eight million tons of plastic leak into the ocean – the equivalent of a truck of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute.

3. Lend Earth a helping hand by becoming #GenerationRestoration. Check out “We Are #Generation- Restoration: A Practical Guide” ( to find out how.

See the Holy Spirit at work: We’re all assigned a piece of the garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life — our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances — exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear.” — Marianne Williamson-

Something to tickle you: Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” — Garth Brooks

Bishop Bernard Paul

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