Focus

  • The future of the parish

    May 08, 2021

    Every reform must be preceded by ample consultation with both clergy and laity, as well as with the institutional spheres delegated for this purpose (presbyteral, pastoral and diocesan councils), so as to bring alive the pastor’s concern for all the realities of the diocese. A certain indifferentism must be avoided, either in “secularising” clerics or in “clericalising” the laity.

  • The Future of the Parish: Pastoral Conversion to the Gospel

    May 01, 2021

    Pope Francis has dwelt at length on the “pastoral conversion” of the parish

  • What Catholics should know about brain death

    Apr 24, 2021

    On death— described as “the end of man's earthly pilgrimage”— the Church teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “life is changed, not ended;” that death represents the moment of “the separation of the soul from the body.”

  • Church is the house and school of prayer

    Apr 17, 2021

    Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others.

  • Pope Francis hails St Teresa of Ávila as exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood

    Apr 17, 2021

    Pope Francis has hailed St. Teresa of Ávila as exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood in a letter marking fifty years since the 16th century Spanish mystic was declared the first female Doctor of the Church.

  • The Council, Reform and Reunion: From March 31, 1962

    Apr 10, 2021

    Almost as soon as Pope John XXIII announced his intention to convoke a general council which would be oriented toward Christian reunion, Catholic theologians in Europe began discussing, among themselves, and with their Protestant colleagues, how the coming council could contribute to that goal. As a result of these discussions, several books have already been published, embodying not simply the opinions of individuals but the fruits of co-operative study.

  • Myanmar's tragic Way of the Cross

    Apr 02, 2021

    As the military slaughters innocent people on the streets, we should not just weep. We must pray and we must act.

  • Easter Sharing: Happy to be part of the Catholic family

    Apr 02, 2021

    Patrick Wong Kai Kun and Samantha Liang, late 50s, retirees, were baptised this Easter at Minor Basilica St Anne Bukit Mertajam.

  • Moral theology must concern reality and people, not just principles

    Mar 26, 2021

    Pope Francis today called on Catholic moral theologians, missionaries and confessors to follow the example of St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, the famous moral theologian and founder of the Redemptorists, who showed how “to keep together the demands of the Gospel and human fragility.”

  • Why is Syria close to Pope Francis’ heart?

    Mar 26, 2021

    The pontiff has urged all actors in the war to bury the hatchet to find a lasting solution