THEME: INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARCHDIOCESE This morning I have been asked to share about integral development in the Archdiocese. But before I share with you what the archdiocese is doing in the work of human development, I need to lay down the theological foundations for the thrust the archdiocese is taking. In Populorum Progressio, [...]
It is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you all to this newly restored Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore. We thank you for so graciously accepting our invitation to join us for our annual Christmas gathering.
This is the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is therefore understandable that the questions most people will ask, especially those of us who are involved in humanitarian works of mercy, are the “what” and the “how”.
It is with great joy that we gather here this morning to realize a dream come true. Agape Village was conceived by some members of the Catholic community and given full support by Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia.
Let me begin by thanking both the organizers and all of you for attending this fund raising dinner in aid of the restoration of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. I am grateful to you all for your love and support for the ‘mother church’.
It is indeed a great joy to see all of us gathered here today, to thank God for His blessings on our small Nation and to pray for His continued favour on us in years to come.
Good morning. It gives me great pleasure to officiate at the opening of this new Villa Francis, because reaching out to the poor, the needy and the outcasts of society is fundamental to Christian charity. This is how I see my episcopacy too, to give life to others, light to those in darkness and those in the valley of tears.
Pope Benedict in his encyclical “God is love” reiterates that “For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.” (No 25) The Church’s service to the poor is an essential aspect of the proclamation of the Good News. This is precisely because Jesus came for the poor.