Does Romero’s beatification signal where Francis is leading the Church?


The beatification of martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23 will acknowledge what has been celebrated throughout Latin America since his assassination at the altar on March 24, 1980, in El Salvador. Romero gave his life as a good shepherd for his flock in a time of persecution. He modeled what a bishop looks like in a church committed to justice for the poor. Romero’s death and the baptism of blood endured by the people of El Salvador during its 12-year civil war (1980-92) inevitably have larger implications for the universal church.

Pope Francis’ determination to advance Romero’s cause for sainthood recognizes this witness. It also reveals the influence Romero is having on Francis’ own goal as pope — to move the global church closer to the kind of church that emerged in El Salvador under Romero, whose story is a road map to such a church. Continue reading

Aug 14

Transforming the world through Catholic Social Teachings

1LAHAD DATU – The Catholic Campus Student Gathering (CSGG) is an annual program organized by the Sandakan Diocesan Youth Apostolate, Campus Ministry team. This year, the 3rd CCSG focussed on the Catholic Social Teachings (CST), held at St Dominic Church, Lahad Datu, June 5-7. Dominic Lim from the KK Archdiocesan Human Development Commission (AHDC) shared the teaching to 18 young people who are still studying in the University and colleges as well as some graduates from YouthPrepLink. Continue reading

Aug 14

Life Teen Youth Camp 2015 Inspiring teens through daily life of Kg Lokub community in Kiulu

LTYC15 campers taking a wefieKIULU – 226 participants joined the Life Teen Youth Camp 2015 at Church of St Michael the Archangel, Kg Lokub, June 4-7. With the theme ‘Inspired to inspire’, the camp aimed at inspiring teens through the lives of the people of Kg Lokub, and to give teens the opportunity to be witnesses of Christ. This goal was reflected in the scripture verse selected for the camp, “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Continue reading

Aug 14

SYCC sharing the love of Christ with MRSM students

berita Katolik Malaysia (2)SANDAKAN: The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) of St Mary’s Cathedral organized a program with the intention of reaching out to the students of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sandakan on Sunday afternoon 28 June, 2015. The session was held at the Parish Conference Room. It was a simple easy going informal session of 4 hours and the outcome was positive.  Continue reading

Aug 14

Montfort, opportunity from God for better life

IMG_0925KINARUT – “You are here by God’s grace, given an opportunity for a better life and for your families,” Datuk Victor Paul spoke to the students of Montfort.  “Although you may have to go through much discipline and tough training, but these are only to better equip you with the proper skills and a knowledge of English language, an opportunity others do not have.” Continue reading

Aug 14

New Tadika Mission at Bundu Tuhan, Tadika Tunas Pelita

3 (10)BUNDU TUHAN –A new Tadika mission was officially opened under the care of St Pius X Parish, Bundu Tuhan, Jul 6. The success was a concerted effort and cooperation from the parish priests, parish pastoral council, the Board of Governors and parents. The Archdiocese Early Childhood Committee (AECEC) briefed the parish on the opening of Tadika mission early May this year. Continue reading

Aug 14

Marian Hill Development Committee realizes the impossible

Gotong Royong SandakanSANDAKAN – The Marian Hill Development Committee (MHDC) met up for an informal get-together Jul 5 at the parish canteen. Turning up for the occasion were about 80 people comprising of members and their family, and chairpersons of other ministry and community groups. Also present to lend support were Bishop Julius Gitom, Fr Thomas Makajil, and Fr Sunny Chung. Continue reading

Aug 13

Challenges in faith also come from within the Christian circle

PENAMPANG – What is the reality of living in a campus? The students and parents from around Penampang parish were enlightened with talks and sharing pertinent to challenges living outside homes and having to be independent in all areas of life inside a campus. 49 high school and higher learning institution students and 26 parents attended Keep In Touch Always (KITA) program in Assumption of Our Lady Church, Sugud, May 21. Fr Wiandigool Runsab, assistant priest of St Michael Parish opened the program with an exhortation. Continue reading