Daily Archives:November 20th, 2017

Over 300 students participate in 19th Campus Students Day

KOTA KINABALU – Over 300 students participated in the 19th Archdiocesan Campus Students Day at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 7 Oct 2017.

Among the participants were three from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Sandakan Branch, five from Polytechnic Sandakan, and two from Education Institute of Teachers Tawau.  The rest were from campuses around Kota Kinabalu, Keningau and Sandakan.

The programme began with Mass, followed by an ice-breaking session and praise and worship.

Serena Wong presented the first session on faith, hope and love. She spoke about her life as a student and her experiences as a missionary in an institute of higher learning overseas.

The second session dealt with the Bishops Synod on Youth in 2018.  The participants learnt about the website – talk2francismy – wherein there is a survey questionnaire where Catholic and non-Catholic youth can share their experiences on how the Catholic Church can support the youth and help them choose their mission in life.

Wong also gave a session on living the Word of God.   She asked the participants to focus on daily readings of the Bible and told them that faith alone is not enough. She stressed that the students need to pray and practise “eating” the Word of God and asked the students to work with groups of friends who want to grow in Christ and to be thankful for everything.

Paulus facilitated the final session on “What do I need to do after this?”  He invited the participants to remember all they had learnt in Sessions I and II and to practise them every day to strengthen their faith and to become excellent Catholic students.

The highlight of the programme was Theatrical Night which featured an actor who delivered a special message based on the theme taken from the Gospel of St Luke 1:49 – For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.  – herald malaysia.com

Pope calls for common good, ethical responsibility in science, technology

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis called for the common good and ethical responsibility in science and technology in his meeting with the participants of the Pontifical Council for Culture on 18 Nov 2017.

“Science, like any other human activity, has its limits which should be observed for the ‎good of ‎humanity itself and requires a sense of ethical responsibility. The true measure of progress, as ‎Blessed ‎Paul VI recalled, is that which is aimed at the good of each man and the whole man,” the Pope told some 83 participants at the conclusion of their 15-18 Nov 2017 assembly which discussed the theme, “The Future of Humanity: New Challenges to Anthropology.”

The Pope said, the Church wants to give the correct direction to man at the dawn of a new era marked by incredible advances in medicine, genetics, neuroscience and “autonomous” machines.

Speaking about the incredible advances in genetics, he noted that diseases that were considered incurable until recently have been eradicated, and new possibilities have opened up to “programme” human beings with certain “qualities.”

The Pope said that “science and technology have helped us to further the boundaries of knowledge of nature, especially of the human being,” but they alone are not enough to give all the answers.

‎“Today,” he said, “we ‎increasingly realise that it is necessary to draw from the treasures of wisdom of religious ‎traditions, popular wisdom, literature and the arts that touch the depths of the mystery of ‎human ‎existence, without forgetting, but rather by rediscovering those contained in philosophy and ‎theology.‎”

In this regard, the Pope pointed to two principles of the Church’s  teaching. The first is the “centrality of the human person, which is to be considered an end and not a means.”  Man must be in harmony ‎with creation, not as a despot about God’s inheritance, but as a loving guardian of the work ‎of the Creator.‎

The second principle is the universal destination of goods, including that of ‎knowledge and technology. Scientific and technological progress, the Pope said, should serve the good of all humanity, and ‎not just a few, and this will help avoid new inequalities in the future based on knowledge and prevent widening of the gap between the rich and the poor.

The pope insisted that great decisions regarding the direction scientific research should take, and investment in it, should be taken together by the whole of society and should not be ‎dictated solely by market rules or by the interests of a few.‎

And finally, the Pope said, one must keep in mind that not everything that is technically possible or feasible is ethically acceptable. – vatican radio

The poor open for us the way to heaven, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis eats lunch with the poor in the Paul VI hall after celebrating Mass marking the first World Day of the Poor at the Vatican, 19 Nov 2017. Some 1,200 poor people joined the pope for the meal. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 – the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first World Day of the Poor – in St Peter’s Basilica here.

“If in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven,” Pope Francis said in his homily.

He added, “In the poor, Jesus knocks on the doors of our heart, thirsting for our love.  When we overcome our indifference and, in the name of Jesus, we give of ourselves for the least of his brethren, we are his good and faithful friends, with whom he loves to dwell.”

The pope noted that it is an “evangelical duty” to care for the poor, as real riches, and to do so not only by giving them bread but also by breaking with them the bread of God’s word, which is addressed first to them.

The pontiff announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (2016), and entrusted its organisation and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation.

There were some 4000 needy people in the congregation for the Mass, after which Pope Francis offered Sunday lunch in the Paul VI Hall.

Speaking off the cuff to guests at the luncheon, the Holy Father said, “We pray that the Lord bless us, bless this meal, bless those who have prepared it, bless us all, bless our hearts, our families, our desires, our lives and give us health and strength.”

The Holy Father went on to ask God’s blessing on all those eating and serving in soup kitchens throughout the city. “Rome,” he said, “is full of this [charity and good will] today.”

The World Day of the Poor is to be marked annually, on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“To love the poor,” Pope Francis said, “means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material: and it will also do us good. Drawing near to the poor in our midst will touch our lives. It will remind us of what really counts: to love God and our neighbour. Only this lasts forever, everything else passes away.” – vatican radio

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