Focus

  • All roads lead to... the Synod in Rome: A bit of synodal wisdom

    Mar 24, 2023

    The next six months are likely to be a bumpy road on the way to Rome where the first of two Synod assemblies on the very issue of synodality will take place this coming October.

  • Your tears are my tears; your pain is my pain

    Mar 24, 2023

    The missionary life is a continuous process of incarnation in which a part of me remains with the people to whom I am sent and a part of the people remains in me.

  • Ten years in, a look at some of Pope Francis’ top soundbites

    Mar 10, 2023

    When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis almost ten years ago, the world was immediately captivated by his vibrant personality, his simplicity, his love of the poor, and the fresh, and frankly, unusual papal vocabulary he has often adopted.

  • Go beyond parallel lines that never meet

    Mar 03, 2023

    The recently concluded international conference on Pastors and lay faithful called to walk together was aimed at exploring the nature and foundation of lay co-responsibility in the Church.

  • Missionary biker, last foreign bishop, says goodbye to Kalimantan

    Mar 03, 2023

    At the wheel of his “two-wheeler”, he covered miles and miles on the rough roads of West Kalimantan. He visited villages, celebrated the Eucharist and gave the sacraments, catechised children, young people and adults, brought the proclamation of the Gospel to indigenous groups who had never heard of Christ, led caravans with humanitarian aid, or simply made long journeys to spend a few days with communities in remote places that very rarely saw a priest.

  • Uncle George – Baker with a caring heart

    Feb 24, 2023

    George Alexander Fernandez, 59, who is a skilled pastry chef with 37 years of experience in the industry, suffered the same fate as thousands of Malaysians when he lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic three years ago.

  • Unapplied faith is meaningless

    Feb 24, 2023

    Naga DDB Tribal chief creative officer Alvin Teoh credits his parents, Andrew and Andrene Teoh, for instilling a deep-rooted Catholic faith in him by the way they live their faith.

  • Pilgrim people and a synodal Church

    Feb 18, 2023

    The significance of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) – despite more than half a century – is still terra incognita (unexplored territory) to very many Catholics. More importantly, it has not been internalised by the majority of the clergy – the evidence being that they do not recognise what a definite break it marks with the very limited vision of the Church (the oikoumene) and of the Catholic Church that became dominant in the 19th century.

  • Speaker moots special tribunal to decide fate of over 1,000 death row inmates

    Feb 18, 2023

    As Malaysia moves to abolish the mandatory death penalty, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Johari Abdul has suggested the government set up a special tribunal to decide the fate of over 1,000 prisoners on death row.

  • A conversation with Fr Michael Payyapilly, VC: The miracle is Jesus

    Feb 18, 2023

    We were all spoilt for choice when it came to choosing where we ‘attended’ Mass during the worldwide lockdown.




Sunday Reflection

God is not like us

God is beyond us. That is what the readings point to this weekend. The fact that God is a mystery and beyond our thinking is not something that should frustrate or disappoint us but, rather, it should be a source of our hope and the ground that we walk on as Christians.

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