Bible Awareness Sunday Challenge

3 07 2020

#GODsWORDmyWORLD

Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord 🙂 …
We are organizing a BIBLE CHALLENGE in conjunction with Bible Awareness Sunday.

Do take part in posting and then in nominating by copying and pasting this post 👇:

It’s BIBLE AWARENESS SUNDAY come July 12!

I’ve been challenged by ____ to take the GOD’sWORDmyWORLD Challenge. And I nominate ____ to take the challenge too. How?

  • Use/Take any PHOTO that is square.
  • Include your favorite BIBLE VERSE in the photo.
  • Post your photo on Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #GODsWORDmyWORLD.
  • SUBMIT one or more entries until July 11 via Whatsapp (+60168893237) or email kchadyouth.office@gmail.com
  • You may nominate a friend or more and share this BIBLE CHALLENGE with them too.

Fall in love more and more with God’s Word and make it rule our world.

“YOUNG PEOPLE and THE BIBLE… you rock!”





Let us spend this day for moment of PRAY, FAST & CHARITY WORK

14 05 2020





Jamboree Nasional SEKAMI 2018

11 07 2018

Pontianak: Pada 3 hingga 7 Julai 2018 yang lepas, 3 orang belia telah mewakili Keuskupan Agung Kuching untuk hadir sebagai peninjau program JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 yang diadakan di Pontianak, Indonesia.  Danny Veno mewakili Kuching Youth Christian Student (KYCS), Rachel Remus mewakili Youth Group, Chapel of Mother Mary dan Maria Amella yang mewakili Youth Commission Kuching. Turut hadir bersama adalah Bapa Uskup Agung Kuching, Simon Poh. Program ini diselengarakan bersemperna ulang tahun 175 tahun SEKAMI (Serikat Kepausan Anak Missioner Indonesia). Program ini juga merupakan peluang bagi menyatukan anak-anak remaja dan pendamping SEKAMI se-Indonesia dengan bertemakan “ Berbagi Sukacita Injil Dalam Kebinekaan”.

Acara pembukaan dimeriahkan dengan persembahan pancaragam dan juga tarian pelangi nusantara yang melibatkan seramai 175 orang anak remaja. Missa pembukaan diadakan di Katedral St Yosef Pontianak yang diraikan oleh Bapa Uskup Agung Pontianak iaitu Msgr Agustinus Agus. Beliau turut mengucapkan selamat datang kepada semua yang menghadirkan diri dalam jamboree ini.

Pada hari kedua, kami berkesempatan untuk mendengar idea-idea dari para animator dari pelbagai keuskupan di Indonesia tentang idea untuk mengalakan anak remaja membaca alkitab serta menjadi missioner di usia muda dalam menyebarkan berita baik dalam keberagaman budaya dan bangsa. Antara yang menarik dari idea-idea seperti mengunakan boneka mainan, membuat puzzle, bercerita melalui lukisan.

Hari ketiga diteruskan dengan Dialog bersama Bapa Uskup, di mana anak remaja, animator diberi peluang untuk bertanya soalan langsung kepada Bapa Uskup sendiri. Acara ini memdapat sambutan yang amat baik dari peserta program. Pada hari ke-empat, missa penutupan JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 diakhiri dengan upacara melafaskan ikrar komitmen peserta JAMNAS SEKAMI 2018 serta upacara pelepasan tag nama sebagai tanda berakhirnya program ini.

Dari saat kami tiba sehinggalah hari terakhir kami menjejak kaki di Pontianak, layanan yang diberikan sangat baik. Keramahan mereka membuatkan kami merasa sangat dialu-alukan di tanah air mereka. Saya kagum dengan kreativiti animator dalam berkongsi cara mengajar anak-anak tentang pengetahuan Alkitab, seperti mengunakan boneka mainan (puppet), membuat permainan dari kad. Hubungan yang terjalin antara anak-anak yang mengikuti program ini amat menyenangkan hati. Saya berasa sangat kagum melihat anak-anak dari seluruh Indonesia, tidak kira warna kulit atau bangsa yang berlainan, datang bersama untuk meraikan peristiwa penting ini. Panitia, pendamping rohani dan angle turut banyak membantu kami selama berada di program ini. Sesungguhnya Tuhan hadir di antara kita. – Rachel Remus, Chapel of Mother Mary

Jamboree Nasional SEKAMI 2018 merupakan salah satu program yang saya akan kenang sampai bila-bila. Saya telah mempelajari pelbagai ilmu yang berguna serta bernas khasnya sesi bagi animator, perkongsian dan dialog yang telah diadakan. Saya berasa bertuah kerana dapat menghadiri program ini serta merasakan bahawa Indonesia adalah negara yang terdiri dari pelbagai bangsa namun tetap bersatu teguh sebagai umat Katolik. Melalui kerjasama dari pelbagai pihak seperti panitia, pendamping rohani dan angle, program dilihat berjalan dengan lancar dan berjaya. – Danny Veno Leslie, KYCS

Laporan disediakan oleh Maria Amella

Keluarga St Lidwina, Kampung Nazareth

 

Hasil Kreativiti dari Keuskupan Agung Pontianak

 

Hasil kreativiti wayang kulit sebagai medium penceritaan

 

Mengunakan puppet untuk bercerita kepada anak-anak berkenaan pengetahuan alkitab

 

 





Pope responds to young people’s questions at Pre-Synodal meeting

20 03 2018

Pope Francis with young people at the pre-Synodal meeting (AFP or licensors)

5 questions from young people from different experiences and parts of the world. And 5 answers from Pope Francis ranging from the dignity of women to spiritual formation.
 

At a pre-Synodal meeting on Monday, Pope Francis responded to 5 questions about issues faced by young people from around the world.

How can young people help victims of human trafficking?

Pope Francis was clearly moved by the first question which addressed the reality of sex trafficking. He referred to the stories he has heard from trafficked women about the dangers they face trying to escape their captors. The Pope described this abuse, and even torture, as the “slavery of today”. The Pope went on to denounce the evil of exploiting women. He had especially strong words for baptized Catholics who pay for prostitutes. This is a “crime against humanity”, he said. Pope Francis called on young people to fight for the dignity of women, and concluded by asking forgiveness for all the Catholics who take part in these “criminal acts”.

Where should a young person look for guidance in making life choices?

Pope Francis responded to a young French student seeking direction in his life, by suggesting we confide in those who possess wisdom, regardless of whether they are young or old. “The wise person”, he said, “is the one who is not scared of anything, but who knows how to listen and has the God-given gift of saying the right thing at the right time”. The Pope warned that when young people fail to find their “path of discernment”, they risk shutting themselves off. This can become like carrying a “cancer” inside, he said. And this risks weighing them down and taking away their freedom.

How can we teach young people to be open to their neighbor and to the transcendent?

Pope Francis said education should teach three basic languages: those of the head, the heart, and the hands. The language of the head, he said, means thinking well and learning concrete things. That of the heart means understanding feelings and sentiments. The language of the hands is making use of the gifts God has given us to create new things. The key, he said, is to use all three together. Pope Francis went on to criticize what he called the “isolating nature” of today’s digital, virtual world. Rather than demonize technology, the Pope called it a richness that must be used well with a “concreteness that brings freedom”.

How is a young person preparing for the priesthood to respond to the complexities of present-day culture – like tattoos, for instance?

Pope Francis used this question from a young Ukrainian seminarian to reflect on the priest as a “witness to Christ”. Clericalism, on the contrary, said the Pope, is “one of the worst illnesses of the Church”, because it confuses the “paternal role of the priest” with the “managerial role of the boss”. He also spoke about the relationship between the priest and the community and how this relationship is compromised, and can be destroyed, by “gossip”. Responding specifically to the question of tattoos, Pope Francis recalled how different cultures have used them to distinguish and identify themselves, so “don’t be afraid of tattoos”, he said – but don’t exaggerate either. If anything, use the tattoo as a talking-point to begin a dialogue about what it signifies.

How can young women religious balance the dominant culture in society and the spiritual life in accomplishing their mission?

The Pope responded to this final question saying that an adequate formation throughout religious life needs to be built on four pillars: formation for an intellectual, communitarian, apostolic, and spiritual life. Having only a spiritual formation leads to psychological immaturity, he said. Even though this is often done to protect young religious from the world, Pope Francis said it is not protection, it is “deformation”. Those who have not received affective formation are the ones who have ended up doing evil. Allowing people to mature affectively is the only way to protect them.

 

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-03/pope-young-people-questions-pre-synodal-meeting.html#.WrBpkn8i7ww.facebook





SYNOD ON YOUTH

12 10 2017

Malaysian Youth!

The Church want to listen to the young people. Your opinion is very much valued!. Please fill in and invite your friends (both Catholics and non- Catholics) to do so too.

https://archkl.org/talk2francismy/index.php





You need to register to vote; asap! Anda perlu mendaftar untuk mengundi; secepat mungkin!

18 01 2010

Register to vote!

History has seen many people struggling even to the point of sacrificing their lives for the right to vote. The strength of our democracy depends us exercising our duty to make well-informed choices (this means knowing the facts, taking the trouble to understand the issues properly) and to vote for those who will govern Malaysians with truth, justice and integrity for all, in line with the values of the Gospel.

Vatican Council II speaks of “the right and duty to vote freely in the interest of advancing the common good” (Gaudium et Spes, no. 75).

The recent article of Bernama revealed that 4.39 million eligible Malaysians have not registered to exercise their right to vote. Sarawak ranks 4th in terms of the total number of those unregistered. In view of the relatively small population of Sarawak, it may be 1st in terms of percentage of over 21 years old and unregistered to vote.

If you are not yet registered, please do the responsible thing and take immediate steps to rectify it. If you know of friends who have yet to register, help them to register too. The public can register at any of the 700 post offices nation wide.

The reporter quoted the Election Commission deputy Chairman, Wan Ahmad as saying, “The people should be aware that our election system practices a simple majority victory. A candidate can win even by a margin of one vote; so the voters have a huge responsibility in determining the future of our country.”

For the rest of the article, click here.

Don’t procrastinate. Take action today.

Cast your vote during elections

Dalam sejarah dunia, ramai orang berjuang dan berkorban untuk mendapat hak mengundi. Kekuatan demokrasi negara kita bergantung kepada rakyat yang menunaikian tanggungjawab mereka untuk membuat pilihan betul berdasarkan fakta-fakta (ini bererti maklumat betul dan seimbang dari semua pihak, dan mungkin memerlukan usaha kita untuk mencarinya), dan mengundi untuk mereka yang akan mentadbir Malaysia dalam kebenaran, dengan keadilan dan ketulusan untuk semua, selaras dengan nilai-nilai Injil.

Vatican Council II menyatakan kepada kita tentang  “hak dan kewajipan untuk mengundi bebas demi memajukan apa yang baik untuk semua” (Gaudium et Spes, no. 75).

Laporan dari Bernama akhir-akhir ini, menyatakan bahawa 4.39 juta rakyat Malaysia yang layak belum mendaftar sebagai pemilih. Sarawak mencatat jumlah yang keempat tertinggi di antara negeri-negeri Malaysia. Memandangkan populasi Sarawak yang tidak besar, ini mungkin beerti Sarawak mempunyai peratusan tertinggi rakyat yang berumur 21 ke atas dan yang belum mendaftar sebagai pemilih.

Jika anda belum mendaftar, sila bertindak dengan bertanggungjawab dan ambil langkah-langkah yang wajar supaya anda dapat mengundi di masa hadapan. Sekiranya kamu ada kawan-kawan yang belum mendaftar, bantulah mereka mendaftar. Anda boleh pergi ke satu dari 700 pejabat pos di seluruh Malaysia mempunyai kemudahan untuk mendaftar pemilih.

Timbalan pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata, “Rakyat perlu sedar bahawa pilihan raya negara kita mengamalkan sistem majoriti mudah, kalau menang satu undi pun dikira menang, jadi rakyat perlu tahu tanggungjawab mengundi merupakan tanggungjawab besar dalam menentukan masa depan negara dan kita sebagai rakyatnya, bukan hanya bersemangat bercakap tentang masa depan negara sahaja tetapi tidak mendaftar sebagai pemilih.”

Untuk laporan lengkap dari Bernama sila, clik sini.

Jangan tangguh lagi. Bertindak hari ini juga.

Fr Felix Au





2 out of 3 people can’t practice their religion

10 01 2010

January 5, 2009. About 70 percent of the world’s population is not able to practice their religion freely and one of out every 5 countries impose severe restrictions to those who practice their faith.

(article from Romereports.com)

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Three churches fire-bombed

8 01 2010

Malaysiakini

Jan 8, 10 6:49am

A church has been fire-bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor, church officials said, escalating a dispute over the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims.

Al least two other churches are also believed to have been attacked in the last 12 hours in the Klang Valley – the Assumption Church in Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya and the Life Chapel in Section 17, Petaling Jaya.

A fire department official said all stations were on alert for more blazes at religious buildings, ahead of planned nationwide protests today by Muslim groups angry over the use of the word as a translation for ‘God’ by Christians.

NONEThe three-storey Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, part of the Assemblies of God movement, was set ablaze in the attack which took place around midnight, said church leader Peter Yeow, 62.

“Witnesses saw four people smash the glass and throw incendiaries into the church building. They came on two motorcycles,” he told AFP at the scene as fire department forensic officers picked through the wreckage.

There were no casualties in the attack on the church, which occupies the corner lot of a row of shop houses and which Yeow said draws some 1,500 people weekly.

NONE“The fire destroyed the administrative part of the church. We do not know if the prayer hall on the third floor suffered any damage,” he said, warning all other churches to “double their guard” against any attacks.

Anuar Harun, who headed the fire department operation, said that forensic experts were working with the police and a canine unit to probe the blaze.

“We are investigating the cause of fire. We cannot provide any more details. It is a sensitive issue,” he said when asked if it was a case of arson.

“We have asked all our fire stations to be on alert for such fires on religious premises,” he told AFP.

Meanwhile Kuala Lumpur police chief Sabtu Othman said the police found one spanner and a kerosene container at the scene, along with two scorched helmets.

He said that the police were investigating the matter under Section 436 of the Penal Code which can punish an offender to 20 years’ jail and a fine.

Meanwhile the Assumption church, which is located next to the Assunta Hospital, is believed to have come under attack at about 4am today.

Church officials said that homemade firebombs were thrown into the Catholic church but fortunately they did not explode.

A third church, in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, was also attacked last night, causing some damage to the outer building of the Life Chapel.

Building erupted into flames

The High Court last week ruled in favour of the Catholic weekly, The Herald newspaper, which has used ‘Allah’ as a translation for “God” in its Malay-language section. The government has said the word should be used only by Muslims.

The ruling was suspended on Wednesday pending an appeal, after the government argued the decision could cause racial conflict in multicultural Malaysia, where Muslim Malays make up 60 percent of the population.

NONEThe security guard at the Metro Tabernacle church, 65-year-old V Mariappan, said he had just walked away from the main entrance of the building to use the bathroom when the building erupted in flames.

“When I came back, there was a huge fire inside the church building. There was a few loud explosions like bombs exploding,” he said, adding he saw two motorcycle helmets lying on the road in flames.

Church officials said that losses were estimated between RM1.5 million to RM2 million. The fire had damaged the administration centre, a conference room and some classrooms.

The church had been functioning at the building for the past 12 years.

NONEThe Herald’s editor Father Lawrence Andrew has warned of a campaign of intimidation including hacker attacks against the weekly’s website, protest plans and widespread criticism in the media over last week’s ruling.

“We believe these actions (are designed) to create a climate of fear and a perceived threat to national security so as to pressure the court in reversing its decision,” he said this week.

The Herald, which is printed in four languages, has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’ in its Malay-language section, but the government argued ‘Allah’ should be used only by Muslims.

More than half of Malaysia’s Catholics are from indigenous groups, most of whom live in Sabah and Sarawak and who mainly speak Bahasa Malaysia.





KDN berjaya tangguh guna nama Allah

6 01 2010

Hafiz Yatim
Jan 6, 10
3:31pm

Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini membenarkan permohonan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) untuk menangguhkan keputusan membenarkan mingguan Katholik – Herald – menggunakan kalimah Allah.

Hakim Lau Bee Lan membenarkan permohonan tersebut sementara menunggu perbicaraan rayuan KDN terhadap keputusan yang dibuat oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Khamis lalu.

Peguam bagi pihak mingguan berkenaan tidak membantah permohonan tersebut atas kepentingan negara.

Permohonan tersebut didengar dalam kamar hakim. Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail mewakili KDN manakala Derek Fernandez dan Benjamin Dawson mewakili Herald.

“Kami membuat permohonan dan peguam yang mewakili Gereja Katholik bersetuju dengan penangguhan tersebut, atas kepentingan negara,” kata Abdul Gani.

Fernandez bersetuju bahawa pihak gereja bersetuju dengan pemohonan peguam negara itu.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, orang ramai hendaklah berhenti daripada terus membuat komen mengenai keputusan berkenaan.

“Kami (Roman Katholik) adalah orang yang cintakan keamanan dan komen (yang tidak baik) adalah tidak wajar,” katanya.

“Kami mahu peguam negara mengambil tindakan terhadap individu-individiu yang membuat kenyataan yang tidak bertanggungjawab,” katanya.

Turut hadir ialah editor Herald Father Lawrence Andrew yang bertemu dengan Abdul Gani dalam bilik saksi sebelum permohonan itu didengar.

Pada 31 Disember, Hakim Lau memutuskan bahawa lanjutan kepada Artikel 11 dan 12 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Herald mempunyai hak berperlembagaan untuk menggunakan kalimah itu dari segi ajaran dan pendidikan kepada penganut agama Kristian.

Katanya, lanjutan daripada Artikel 11(4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, adalah satu kesalahan bagi bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah “Allah” kepada orang Islam untuk menyebarluaskan agama tetapi ia bukan satu kesalahan bagi bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah itu kepada bukan Islam bagi tujuan agama.

Pada 16 Februari, Ketua Paderi Roman Katolik Kuala Lumpur Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam memfailkan semakan kehakiman berhubung penggunaan perkataan “Allah” dalam penerbitan gereja, dengan menamakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri dan kerajaan sebagai responden.

Beliau mendakwa perkataan ‘Allah’ bukanlah eksklusif kepada agama Islam.

Majalah itu, yang dicetak dalam empat bahasa, telah menggunakan kalimah “Allah” sebagai terjemahan untuk “God” dalam seksyen bahasa Melayu.

Kalimah ‘Allah’ digunakan dengan meluas di kalangan penduduk asli Kristian di Sabah dan Sarawak, kebanyakannya bertutur dalam Bahasa Malaysia.

Kementerian Dalam Negeri telah mewajarkan larangan itu atas alasan keselamatan negara dan bagi mengelak salah faham serta kekeliruan dalam kalangan umat Islam.

Sementara itu, Hakim Lau juga memutuskan dalam kamar hari ini untuk menolak permohonan enam Majlis Agama Islam dan Persatuan Cina Muslim Malaysia (Magma) untuk berhujah dalam permohonan KDN itu.

Enam Majlis Agama Islam itu adalah dari Wilayah Persekutuan, Selangor, Kedah, Terengganu, Melaka dan Johor.

Dalam perbicaraan sebelum ini, Hakim Lau telahpun menolak permohonan mereka untuk menjadi pencelah dalam kes berkenaan.

Enam majlis tersebut dan Magma juga turut memfailkan ratyuan terhadap keputusan Hakim Lau menolak permohonan mereka menjadi pencelah serta keputusannya yang memihak kepada Herald.

Sementara itu, menurut Bernama, Abdul Gani bersyukur kerana ada perjanjian bagi penangguhan itu.

“Bagi saya, ia melibatkan kepentingan negara, tiada keperluan untuk terbabit dalam hujah untuk penangguhan,” katanya.

“Saya amat bersyukur dengan rakan saya yang bijaksana yang telah bersetuju untuk penangguhan dan kami akan cuba agar perkara ini didengar secepat mungkin dalam Mahkamah Rayuan, saya percaya ia akan diadakan secepat mungkin,” katanya.

Semalam, Kementerian Dalam Negeri memfailkan permohonan untuk penangguhan perintah mahkamah sebelum ini selepas mengemukakan rayuan dengan Mahkamah Rayuan sehari sebelum itu.

Abdul Gani berkata proses segera itu tidak sepatutnya disalah tafirkan kerana isu itu perlu diselesaikan secepat mungkin.

“Saya perlu menyatakannya sekali lagi, tidak perlu ada sebarang persepsi berhubung perkara ini memandangkan adalah lebih baik perkara ini didengar dengan segera. Ia tidak bermakna ada sesuatu yang tidak kena, jangan biar persepsi seperti ini.

“Apa yang penting ialah supaya perkara ini diselesaikan secepat mungkin. Kita semua perlu menghormati keputusan mahkamah,” katanya.

Ketika ditanya jika terdapat tekanan dalam kes ini, beliau menjawab:” Anda tidak boleh kata ada tekanan dalam kes ini memandangkan terdapat tekanan dalam semua kes. Saya tidak mahu memberikan sebarang persepsi sekarang, biar perkara itu selesai.”

Peguam Fernandez berkata pihaknya bersetuju dengan permintaan Peguam Negara untuk penangguhan berikutan kepentingan kepentingan negara sebelum tindakan selanjutnya di Mahkamah Rayuan.

“Kami bimbang dengan pelanggaran peraturan sub judis oleh banyak pihak yang tidak menghormati mahkamah. Tan Sri memberi jaminan kepada kami beliau akan meneliti perkara itu,” katanya.

Herald yang dicetak dalam empat bahasa, telah menggunakan kalimah “Allah” sebagai terjemahan untuk “God” dalam seksyen bahasa Melayu.

Kalimah ‘Allah’ digunakan dengan meluas di kalangan penduduk asli Kristian di Sabah dan Sarawak, kebanyakannya bertutur dalam Bahasa Malaysia.

Kementerian Dalam Negeri telah mewajarkan larangan itu atas alasan keselamatan negara dan bagi mengelak salah faham serta kekeliruan dalam kalangan umat Islam.

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court today granted a stay in favour of the Home Ministry to stop Catholic weekly magazine Herald, from using the word ‘Allah’ pending an appeal.

Lawyers acting for the magazine did not object to the application, citing the ground of national interest.

The application was heard in chambers by High Court judge Lau Bee Lan. Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail appeared for the ministry, while Derek Fernandez and Benjamin Dawson appeared for Herald.

“We have asked for – and the lawyers representing the Catholic church have agreed to – the stay, out of national interest,” said Abdul Gani.

“We do not want to be caught in an argument for a stay – that may cause further tensions and misconception with the matter.

“I am grateful that my learned friend agreed to the stay and we will try to have the matter heard as soon as possible at the Court of Appeal. I believe it can be very, very soon.”

Fernandez agreed that the church has consented to the AG’s request.

However, he said the public should now refrain from commenting further on the decision to avoid sub-judice.

“We want the AG to take action against those individuals who have made such irresponsible statements. We are seeking his assurance on this to uphold the law,” said Fernandez.

Responding, Abdul Gani said action would be taken against anyone who breaks the law, following proper investigation.

“Everything has to be proven before I take (the decision to prosecute). This applies to every single case but definitely any prosecutor wants to see this. The law must be respected – it is as simple as that.”

Representing the Home Ministry were senior federal counsel Kamaluddin Md Said and Suzana Atan.

‘Nothing is wrong’

Also present at the hearing was Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew who met with Abdul Gani in the witness room before the application was heard.

Lawrence, commenting on the decision today, said the church has agreed to the AG’s request “for the good of people and also out of goodwill”.

“We are not here to create any trouble, we love Malaysia. We are Malaysians and therefore we want to live in peace and harmony.

“We are not here to disturb (the situation). The main emphasis in our religion is love. It is very important we love everyone.”

Abdul Gani cautioned the public against perceiving that “something must be wrong”, just because the stay application was heard so quickly.

“There is nothing wrong. I can refer you to a case in Australia where a stay matter was heard within a few days after the decision. This matter has to be dealt with as soon as possible as both sides agreed with it.”

Asked to comment on former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s view that the matter cannot be resolved through the court, Abdul Gani said he is not a politician, “just the attorney-general, a small little fry who wants to settle the problem”.

As to whether the government is succumbing to public pressure by appealing the High Court’s decision, Abdul Gani said the media should not paint such a picture.

“You cannot say pressure or no pressure. There is pressure in all cases. Try sitting in my office, then you will know how we feel, as pressure can come in any form.

“I do not want to give (any) such perception. What is more important is the matter is settled properly.”

Application to intervene rejected

Earlier in chambers today, Justice Lau rejected a joint application by six state Islamic bodies and the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (Macma) to submit in the Home Ministry’s stay application.

Lau ruled that the seven parties could not intervene in the ministry’s application.

During the trial proper, Lau had rejected the application by the same seven parties to be included as interveners.

The six religious councils are from Federal Territory, Selangor, Kedah, Terengganu, Malacca and Johor.

The six councils and the Macma have filed an appeal against Lau’s decision to dismiss them as interveners as well as against her decision in favour of Herald.

The six councils were represented by lawyers Mohd Hanif Khatri, Zainur Rijal Kamaruddin and Abdul Rahim Yasin.

On Dec 31, Lau ruled that pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the federal constitution, Herald has the constitutional right to use the word in respect of instruction and education of the congregation in the Christian religion.

She also said that, pursuant to Article11(4) of the federal constitution, it is an offence for non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’ to Muslims to propagate the religion, but it is not an offence for non-Muslims to use the word to non-Muslims for the purpose of religion.

On Monday, the Home Ministry lodged an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the decision, and followed up with an application for the stay yesterday.

The Herald, which is printed in four languages, has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’ in its Malay-language section, but the government argued ‘Allah’ should be used only by Muslims.

The term ‘Allah’ is widely used among indigenous Christian tribes in Sabah and Sarawak, most of whom speak Bahasa Malaysia.





Backlash feared from politics over ‘Allah’

6 01 2010

Negative comments and reactions on use of the term ‘Allah’ will be a severe setback to relations among the various races and faiths, and could poison ties between both halves of Malaysia.

This is the stark warning from United KadazanDusunMurut Organisation president and federal minister Bernard Giluk Dompok.

“Soon after the issue was brought to court, I appealed to all quarters to respect and give the court full freedom to carry out its responsibility,” said Dompok.

He reiterated that the perspective of Malaysian Borneo must be taken into consideration and that there is no running away from history on the matter.

merdeka statement launch 020807 bernard dompok“(Kuala Lumpur) High Court Judge Lau Bee Lian, in the decision on Dec 31 last year, had taken into consideration all historical aspects and constitutional rights on the issue,” said Dompok (left).

“Everyone in Malaysia has been given the right and freedom to practise the religion of their choice in a peaceful situation.”

Christians in Sabah and Sarawak have been using the term ‘Allah’ from the 19th century, long before the Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963.

In Sabah, for example, the term ‘God’ is used in English, ‘Allah’ in Malay and ‘Kinoingan’ in Kadazandusun, as religious services are conducted in the three languages to cater to the respective congregations.

Dompok opined that the new generation is more comfortable with mass being said in Malay, having been educated in the language. The practice was carried over when Christians from Sabah and Sarawak transmigrated to Peninsular Malaysia to study and work.

“They are requesting that mass in Peninsular Malaysia be conducted in Malay for them. The use of Malay as the medium of instruction in the education system has further expanded the influence of the language among the communities in Sabah.”

He said the role of the church in promoting and preserving the national language must be recognised and given due importance.

Traditionally, churches have played a pioneering role in keeping alive the various languages and dialects used by Christian Malaysians.

Dompok’s statement has struck a unanimous chord in sections of society in Sabah. They fear that the Court of Appeal will sit on the appeal and “jam the process”, citing the Goddess of the Sea (Mazu) case which is still to be heard by the Court of Appeal after several months.

Umno endangering national security’

PKR vice-president Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan said he wants Umno to “stop playing politics with the ‘Allah’ issue and endangering national security”.

He urged Umno to take a leaf from PAS which practises ‘Islam the Faith’ instead of ‘Islam the Politics’.

Former Sabah PKR secretary-general Kanul Gindol said more effort should be made in Peninsular Malaysia to explain the historical rights of the people of Sabah and Sarawak as the controversy over the use ‘Allah’ by Christians as just the tip of the iceberg.

“There are many other issues which have been swept under the carpet and are just waiting to explode,” he claimed, without elaborating.

Sabah PKR deputy head Christina Liew (below) described the use of ‘Allah’ as a non-issue in Sabah and Sarawak.

NONE“If the Home Ministry has any doubt, they should have referred to the federal attorney-general for the interpretation of the relevant law under sections 10, 11(4) and 12 of the federal constitution,” said Liew, a senior lawyer.

She said Malaysia must be the only country that is trying to outlaw the use of ‘Allah’ among non-Muslims. Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation, has never made it an issue.

She went on to blast the BN government for its “hypocrisy and high-handed tactics” and questioned the relevance of the 1Malaysia theme propagated by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Sabah Council of Churches chairperson Rev Jerry Dusing noted that the High Court ruling has taken cognizance of provisions in the federal constitution on freedom of religion, and rights in respect of education and freedom of speech.

“We are a multiracial, multi-religious and multi-cultural nation. This has found expression in the 1Malaysia theme,” he said, highlighting the danger of ignoring the rights of any individual.

In Tenom, the Catholic church pastoral council deputy head, Jimmy Jawatah, said he hoped the High Court ruling will be accepted by all with an open heart.

“The decision proves that justice and democracy exists, as enshrined in the federal constitution,” said Jawatah who is also Sabah Progressive Party vice-president.

The use of the Malay language by the church, without interference by the authorities, will help Christians increase their religious knowledge and understanding, he said.

“This is in line with the country’s mission of instilling religious values for the creation of a caring society.”

Malaysiakini
Joe Fernandez
Jan 6, 10
4:52pm





Malaysian Youth Offices Meeting 2009

3 11 2009

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From 20-23 November 2009, 15 youth ministers from different parts of the country gathered in Majodi Centre, Johor Bahru for the Malaysian Youth Offices’ Meeting (MYOM).  Represented at this event were the dioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Sibu, Keningau, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

Some of the goal of the meeting were to provide spiritual/pastoral formation for the participants, to promote national level collaboration, help the participants clarify our roles and chart the direction of youth work in the respective dioceses and to enable participants to get to know and encouraged each other.

The programmes of the meeting included reflection, daily Eucharist, ministry review on the (a) Ministry of accompaniment (b) Enhance working relationship and communication with clergy / bishop (c)Motivation, support and accompaniment for full time ministers (d) Embracing information technology (e) Young Christian students.  The meeting also touched on the Ministry of Formation and of Evangelization and lastly  exchanging information about the different programmes of each of our dioceses.

MYOM has decided to take the WYD theme of the upcoming year, whenever possible. Therefore the theme for MYOM 2010 is WYD 2011 theme:Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf Col. 2:7). The focus will be on the ‘Word of God in Community‘.  The next meeting will be held on 25-29 Oct 2010 (mon-Fri including travel  days) in Sandakan, Sabah.

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Projek Kajian Islam & Demokrasi di Malaysia

3 11 2009

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Pada 1 November 2009, Ahad yang lalu Institusi Peyelidikan (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization & International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia) dan Institusi Pelaksana (Merdeka Center & CPPS) telah menganjurkan Siri Dialog Masyarakat bertempat di Hilton Kuching. Seramai dalam lingkungan 50 orang peserta telah hadir dalam dialog tersebut.

Objektif dialog ini adalah untuk mengadakan dialog atau perbincangan di kalangan rakyat Malaysia dan mengemukakan input berkenaan dasar-dasar kepada kerajaan Malaysia mengenai cara-cara meningkatkan demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia. Antara topik-topik yang dibincangkan adalah:-

  1. Urus tadbir yang baik (Good governance)
  2. Hak-hak kelompok minoriti (Minority Rights)
  3. Hak-hak wanita (Women’s Rights)
  4. Toleransi agama (Religious Tolerance)

Peserta-peserta yang datang adalah terdiri daripada pemimpin dan organisasi Islam serta agama lain, golongan profesional, institusi-institusi pengajian tinggi, wakil-wakil dari pelbagai parti politik dan pemimpin tempatan termasuklah dari gereja Katolik.

Semua peserta yang hadir diberi peluang untuk mengemukakan pendapat serta pandangan masing-masing terhadap topik yang dibincangkan tanpa menyentuh isu-isu sensitif yang boleh mengaibkan sesuatu agama atau kepercayaan kerana keempat-empat topik di atas menjadi isu teras dalam aspek kenegaraan. Responden dalam dialog tersebut telah menyimpulkan bahawa, rakyat Malaysia perlu ada persefahaman yang kukuh pada kepercayaan mereka masing-masing dan tidak meletakkan kepercayaan tersebut sebagai dasar atau cara untuk menyelesaikan sesuatu masalah yang timbul melainkan bertindak secara rasional dan berfikiran terbuka.

Pihak penyelidik akan mengeluarkan policy paper dan berharap dapat menggubal dasar-dasar awam yang dapat meningkatkan demokrasi dan pemantapan ajaran Islam secara rasional serta empat aspek perbincangan yang telah dibincangkan dalam meningkatkan hak asasi manusia di kalangan rakyat Malaysia.





Blair reveals what attracted him to Catholicism

17 09 2009

ROME : Religion has a central and unique role in society and its development, according to the former prime minister of England. Tony Blair, a convert to Catholicism, spoke with L’Osservatore Romano about his faith in an interview published in today’s Italian edition.

Tony Blair with Pope Benedict XVI

“My spiritual journey began when I started to go to Mass with my wife,” Blair said. “Then we decided to baptize our children in the Catholic faith. It was a journey that lasted 25 years, or perhaps more. In time, emotionally, intellectually and rationally it seemed to me that the Catholic home was the right one for me. When I left political office, and I no longer had all the context connected with being prime minister, it was something I really wanted to do.”

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The article was originally published at Zenit on 15 Sep 2009





Mother chooses life of child over cancer treatment

7 08 2009

Ricardo and Mayra receive Holy Communion at their wedding in hospitalDenver, Colo., Jul 24, 2009 / 03:19 pm (CNA).- Though Mayra Sandoval died of cancer on July 8, her son Samuel is alive and healthy thanks to her insistence on choosing life, against the advice of doctors who urged her to abort. Now, Mayra’s husband and friends remember her as a powerful witness to the immeasurable value of life.

In an interview with “El Pueblo Catolico,” the Spanish newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver, Mayra’s husband, Ricardo Flores, recalled the battle of faith and trust that the couple underwent in the months leading up to her death.

Both Ricardo and Mayra were born in Mexico. They moved to U.S., where they met three years ago, began to date, and eventually moved in together. At the time, neither had a strong faith, but they were nevertheless overjoyed when, in October 2008, Mayra became pregnant.

lung tumorMonths later, doctors detected a cancerous tumor in Mayra’s lungs that was already in an advanced stage and was still continuing to grow. Mayra was advised to abort the baby on the spot, so that she could start a treatment to halt the cancer growth.

But Ricardo and Mayra chose life. Although it was difficult, Ricardo said he never had any second thoughts in the decision to choose life. When the option of abortion was presented, “We always said ‘no.’ We couldn’t do that,” he explained. “God gave life and God takes it away.”

“And we can trust in God and let His will be done,” he continued, explaining the peace that the couple found in abandoning themselves to the Lord’s will. “We can accept whatever God sends us, good or bad.”

While Mayra’s cancer continued to take its toll, the couple was beginning to learn more about their faith. Mayra’s sister, Aida, recalled the couple’s spiritual journey. She described how God had not always played a prominent role in her sister’s life. “She believed, but like many Catholics, did not know her faith,” she said.

The road was difficult, but Ricardo and Mayra were not alone. They received prayerful support and solidarity from the Catholic community, including prayer groups from St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph’s parish.

Divine MercyParticularly memorable for Ricardo was the loving presence of Fr. John Gregory, who helped the couple through their struggle. “He was always close to us,” he said, “teaching us, helping us, supporting us, strengthening us, speaking to us about God, of all that God had done for us.”

The sickness brought many trials, but also moments of light and hope. One time, the couple passed by St. Joseph’s Church as they were on their way to the hospital. Mayra was experiencing sharp pains and having difficulty breathing, but she asked to stop at the Church.

“Without thinking about it, we got out and as we entered we saw the image of the Divine Mercy and she started to cry right there,” Ricardo said, noting Mayra’s devotion to the image of Divine Mercy.

They stayed at the Church praying for about two hours, first alone and then with members of a prayer group who arrived and offered to pray with them. Mayra’s pain soon disappeared.

“As we went home, we were reflecting on all that had happened: we were going to the hospital but ended up in the Church,” Ricardo said. “That was another incredible thing that consoled us and brought us peace. Again we realized that we weren’t alone.”

Six and a half months into the pregnancy, Mayra began chemotherapy. About six weeks later, however, doctors determined that the treatments were not working, and they had to perform an immediate caesarean section.

The operation involved a high risk of death for both Mayra and her son. It was an intense day of prayers and trust, Father John Gregory explained, and it affected even the hospital workers. “The nurses said, ‘This the first time we have seen something so strong, the blending of life and death.’”

Mayra survived the C-section, and Samuel was born, healthy for a premature baby. After a few weeks, the family was able to go home, but Mayra’s condition continued to decline, until she had to return to the hospital, where the pain could be controlled.

Despite radiation therapy, the cancer overtook Mayra’s body and eventually, she was unable to eat or even breathe on her own.

On June 21, while she was in the hospital, Mayra and Ricardo were married. As they had grown in their faith and received guidance from Fr. John Gregory, they had come to see the meaning of marriage.

“We got married in a room in the hospital. It was beautiful,” Ricardo said. “Afterwards, we felt peaceful, in God’s grace. We also did it for Samuel, so that he could also receive God’s blessing of having his parents married.”

As her condition grew worse, Mayra’s family prepared for the end of her earthly life. Aida described the beauty that shone through the pain of her sister’s last days on earth. “At the end, I saw her like Christ, with so many wounds and bruises on her arms and her side,” she said.

Those who knew Mayra will remember her beautiful witness to life. Fr. John Gregory described the opportunity to accompany Mayra along this difficult journey as “an incredible path of faith” for his own life.

“[T]his experience has given me more strength to preach what death really is, because she gave me a witness of a new birth,” he said. “It has given me more enthusiasm and helped me to understand that I have to explain that the true death is sin, not physical death.”

I am worthy of God's love

Ricardo said that Mayra’s sickness and death taught him about the existence and love of God. “Through all this, God made me know that He exists, that He is with us,” he said.

Ricardo wants to give back to the Catholic community that has and continues to support him. But for now, his primary focus is his new son, whom he wants to raise and educate in God’s love. “Now I have to look after Samuel, and tell him that his mommy gave her life for him,” he said.

Although coping with Mayra’s death is still difficult, Ricardo finds strength in the Lord as he moves forward. “Now I’m at peace,” he said. “I have hope and continue trusting in God. It has changed my life.”





Session on God’s love at Lodge International

5 08 2009

KUCHING – A simple session on God’s Love was held at Lodge International School, Kuching on 31 July, 2009. The session, which aims at Christian students between the age of 13 and 15, was led by Stephanie Ng, along with three youths from Kuching – Claudia Law, Evelyn Chow and Ralph Balan Langet.

Ralph addressing young lodge students

The session started with a brief introduction on God’s Love by Stephanie, followed by a sharing and life testimony from the youths. Ralph and Evelyn shared about their walk of faith and family lives, and they testified to how God’s love had strengthened them despite numerous turmoil and obstacles. The students were also encouraged to offer their service to the Lord while they are still young.

Then, Claudia led the students into a sing-along session, where they enjoyed themselves by singing and dancing. The session concluded with a message of God’s love from Stephanie, and a closing prayer.

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How Fr Choong found his priestly vocation in Poland

3 08 2009

Fr Choong, new Malaysian priestIPOH: Finding his priestly vocation in Poland was something that Malaysian Fr Choong Chun Yean, never expected, but it quickly became his choice when he experienced the love of Christ through the people he mixed with.

Fr Choong, a former Buddhist, and now a Catholic priest, shared how the Lord found him and saved him thirteen years ago, when he was still studying in the United Kingdom.

A former student of Poi Lam and later Sam Tet in Sixth Form during the 1990s, Fr Choong spoke to parishioners after Mass at St Michael’s Church here before giving them his priestly blessing.

Fr Choong said that as a foreign student, he was at first intrigued, and later won over by the kindness and good works of the Polish community he mixed with. Their simplicity and modesty in lifestyle and their openness and generosity in helping others, especially foreigners, was something that Fr Choong admired and wanted to emulate.

He found friendship in their community and reflected how they were so different from others. “I found it was because of their qualities and virtues such as faithfulness to God, integrity, a welcoming spirit, friendliness, goodness in heart, enthusiasm and joy in daily work and patience. It manifested their deep communion with God and the Catholic Church,” he said.

He soon became a Catholic and joined the seminary in Poland, having picked up the Polish language, developing a fluency in it. Having been ordained recently on June 6, 2009, Fr Choong returned to Poland at the end of July, and will replace a priest who is on leave, whilst awaiting his nomination for a decree by mid- August. After that he will be sent to serve in a parish in the archdiocese of Lodz in Central Poland.

On what his most memorable occasion was, Fr Choong said it was when he met the late Pope John Paul II and was blessed by the Holy Father. “It was during a pilgrimage with the seminary to Rome in 2003. I will never forget how I met him and he gave me his blessing,” Fr Choong said.

The Mass at SMC was celebrated by parish priest Fr Michael Cheah, Fr Choong and Polish priest Fr Richard Zalewski, whom Fr Choong credited as being responsible for his vocation.

Here in Ipoh to experience some time with his family, Fr Choong visited his father and four siblings, who are still Buddhists.

His elder brother, Chun Cheong, was at St Michael’s Church to welcome him. Parishioners also congratulated him and wished him well on his stay in Malaysia and in his pastoral work.

Original article from The Herald, published 30 Jul 2009





Evangelicals Upset with National Service Doctrinal Errors

2 08 2009

Khidmat Negara LogoPETALING JAYA: Evangelical Christians are upset with doctrinal errors in the National Service. This was highlighted by the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia (NECF) in its current newsletter to members.

NECF said it has notified the Christian Federation of Malaysia–the umbrella body–about this matter which will be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities

“Christians, especially Christian parents whose children are attending the National Service programme, need to be aware of the grave doctrinal errors on Christianity contained in the workbook used by the NS integration programme on religion,” the NECF pointed out in an article entitled “NS doctrinal errors.”

Khidmat Negara

It said the workbook is entitled “Buku Kerja Program Integrasi” on “Keagamaan,” 4th edition, 2009 with the chapters on Christianity on pages 12 and 13 contain the following errors:

– On page 12, under the heading “Agama Kristian,” bullet 2 states: “Pengikut Christ menganggap beliau sebagai penyelamat yang diutus untuk membela Bani Israel daripada penindasan bangsa-bangsa lain seperti bangsa Rom yang pernah memerintah Palestin.”

(Translated: Christ’s followers regard him as the saviour sent to deliver the Israeli race from the oppression by other races, such as the Romans, who once occupied Palestine.)

This is erroneous as Christians do not regard Christ as the saviour for Israel’s political and territorial oppression. Instead, the Bible clearly states He came to deliver the human race from the bondage of sin, the article said as no where in the Bible does it say that Christ came to deliver the Israelites from human oppression.

On page 13, bullet 6 states: “Jesus mengajar konsep tuhan yang esa, pengasih, penyayang, pemurah dan pengampun. Bagi orang yang mengamalkan ajaran ini, mereka akan menikmati kesempurnaan hidup di akhirat.”

(Translated: Jesus taught the concept of God as loving, merciful, forgiving and compassionate. For those who follow this teaching, they will enjoy eternal life in the hereafter.)

Again NECF said this is erroneous as Christians have always maintained that salvation in the hereafter is not based on merely knowing God as a loving, merciful and compassionate God, but believing, confessing and accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

It also pointed out that Protestant Christians do not subscribe to the description written under the heading “Agama Kristian,” bullet 3 which says that Christ “menghidupkan burung yang dibuat daripada tanah liat dan sebagainya.” (Translated: brought clay birds to life.)

The article was originally published at MySinChew on 16 Jun 2009






Catholic Combines Faith, High-Tech Savvy to Invent New Bible Format

31 07 2009

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — One of the oldest and most read books in the world now has a new, high-tech look. And it weighs only 5 grams, or one-hundredth of a pound.
God on the Go, USB flash drive containing complete Bible
“God on the Go” is a USB flash drive containing the complete Bible in the New Revised Standard Version or the New Testament of the New American Bible. It is currently available only for PCs but a Mac-compatible version is expected out this summer.

Inventor Mark Mastroianni, a member of St. Edna Parish in Arlington Heights, Ill., said in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service that the idea for “God on the Go” came to him in prayer when he was asking God how he could bring together his Catholic faith and his background in technology and product development.

“Why not combine the Bible with commonly used and readily accessible technological platforms?” he recalled thinking. After months of research and talks with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which holds the U.S. copyright on the New American Bible, “God on the Go” was born.

Mastroianni was pleased to learn that the device also offers the ecologically aware a “green” alternative to the printed Bible, since the thin pages of most Bibles require the use of a specialty ink that is “very toxic to users and in the manufacturing process.”

"Green" alternative to the printed Bible

“God on the Go” also has special appeal for the millennial generation, no longer used to reading the printed word and instead accustomed to getting all their information in front of a computer screen, he said.

The USB flash drive offers a number of advantages over a hefty version of the printed Bible, Mastroianni said. It can be carried around on a key chain, and because the Bible only takes up 10 percent of the space on the flash drive, the user can add his or her own photos, songs or important documents to carry along with the Bible.

It also includes a verse/subject index, allows users to bookmark favorite passages and can take users directly to the daily New American Bible readings on the USCCB Web site.

Mastroianni worked with Dominican Father Jordan J. Kelly, director of the Office of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Chicago, on the project “almost from day one” and pilot tested “God on the Go” with a group of students at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights during the fall semester of 2008.

The “feature that got the greatest response” from the 200 sophomores who tested it, according to Mastroianni, was a “mini-concordance” which gives users the ability to scroll through a list of feelings and to be linked to a Bible passage relevant to that emotion.

“I never thought the Bible could be this cool,” he reported one student as saying.

Through www.4Marks.com, a Catholic social networking site, users of “God on the Go” also can trade their lists of favorite Bible passages with their friends.

The device can also be customized for group sales to parishes, schools and universities, Mastroianni said. “The face of the physical drive can be etched” with a name or logo, he added.

Mastroianni hopes to have the full New American Bible available on a “God on the Go” device by sometime next year, pending the U.S. bishops’ and Vatican approval of a new translation of the Old Testament.

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Editor’s Note: “God on the Go” is available through Acta Publications, www.actapublications.com, and for sale at bookstores. The New Testament of the New American Bible costs $24.95, with a 1 gigabyte capacity, and the complete Bible in the New Revised Standard Version is $39.95, with a 2 gigabyte capacity. For more information, go to www.WordofGodToGo.com.





St Therese’s Astronaut Visits Vatican

19 07 2009

Colonel Ronald Garan

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. astronaut who carried relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux into space and put them in orbit around the earth attended Benedict XVI’s general audience today.

On a Discovery shuttle mission one year ago, Colonel Ronald Garan brought the relics given to him by a Carmelite community in New Caney, Texas.

The astronaut had called the women religious before his space flight to ask for prayers, and at that time he told them he could take some small item into space on behalf of the community.

St Therese of Lisieux
The sisters reported that the words of St. Thérèse came to mind: “I have the vocation of an apostle. I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your name and to plant your glorious cross on infidel soil. But oh, my beloved, one mission would not be enough for me, I would want to preach the Gospel on all five continents simultaneously and even to the most remote isles. I would be a missionary, not for a few years but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages.”

Garan stated that he will be bringing a second relic of the saint to space on his next mission, which is scheduled for March 2011.

The colonel is also the founder of the Manna Energy Foundation that, by using NASA technology and U.N. funding, is implementing a unique system to make potable water in the villages of Rwanda.





Conversion of Muslims not Church’s Hidden Agenda

18 07 2009

Following is a well written article by Martin Jalleh in reply to a Muslim journalist of Al Islam magazine spying in the Catholic churches.

I just read that recently you and a friend visited one of the churches that I belong to. I was surprised that you had to do it in disguise. You should have told the Catholic community there that you were coming and we would have given you a grand welcome.

Such was the experience of the MP for Shah Alam, Khalid Abdul Samad from Pas, who was even given a standing ovation when he visited and had a dialogue with the parishioners of the Church of the Divine Mercy in Shah Alam last year.

Some time back I was attending a Mass (Catholic worship) in a Catholic church in Petaling Jaya and was very moved by the presence of a group of Muslim students together with their Muslim professor who had taken them there as part of their “exposure programme”. None of them were converted.

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