Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Region’s bishops briefed on MoU between Mission Authorities and Education Ministry

File photo: group photo taken at the MoU presentation between the Mission Authorities and Education Ministry, Putrajaya, 10 April 2017.

JOHOR BAHRU – Archbishop Julian Leow, President of the Malaysian Catholic Education Council (MCEC), and Kenneth Wong, Executive Secretary General, briefed the arch/bishops and bishops on the Meeting with the Minister of Education on 10 April 2017 at Putrajaya.

The objective of the meeting was to present the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Education between the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education Malaysia. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was decided to form a Joint Working Committee comprising representatives from both the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education to deliberate on the MOU. It is hoped that this concerted effort will promote better understanding and greater cooperation between the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education for the betterment of the Mission Schools in Malaysia.

ERLC updates bishops on the Order of Christian Marriage and SYPG

L-R: Fr Chin, Bp Sebastian Francis, Fr Miranda, Neil Mah at the presentation of ERLC report to the bishops at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017, Johor.

JOHOR BAHRU – Father Vincent Chin reported on behalf of the Episcopal Regional Liturgy Commission (ERLC). He informed the arch/bishops on the completed printing of the Order of Christian Marriages. Most of the arch/dioceses have ordered the books. A suggested date to officially implement this is the First Sunday of Advent.

Fr Chin then gave a short history of the Missal in Chinese which was produced by Carlo Catholic Society. He said the ERLC is only responsible for proof reading the Missal produced by Carlo.

Also with him were members of the Liturgical Music Committee comprising appointed members from the arch/dioceses in the Conference with expertise and knowledge in areas of Liturgy and Music, to report on the progress of the updating of the Sing Your Praise to God (SYPG).

This was the first time that the arch/bishops are meeting the team which was formed in 2014. The bishops were receptive to the report though there were some concerns with projection — the usual book vs projection argument but Bishop Cornelius Sim gave a resounding extempore on the sanctity of a hymnal compared to an electronic device that contains all manner of stuff unrelated to church matters.

The hymnal is to last for a period of ten years before it is revised again.

A list of the selected hymns was also given to the arch/bishops.

Father Jude Miranda informed the arch/bishops that the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, Melaka-Johor Diocese and Penang Diocese will be the hosts of the Asian Liturgy Forum which will be held in Penang October 2-6. He invited the other arch/dioceses to the Forum.

The reports were given at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017. –

Indonesian ambassador highlights AYD importance

VATICAN CITY –  The 7th Asian Youth Day(AYD) kicked off in Indonesia on 30 July 2017 with the preliminary event “Days in Dioceses,” where over 2000 Catholic youth from 21 Asian countries will be hosted in 11 Indonesian dioceses from  July 30 to Aug 2.  They will then converge in Yogyakarta city, in Semarang Archdiocese, for the main AYD event, August 2-6.

Each of the AYDs held since 1999 in intervals of 2, 3 or 5 years, in various cities of Asia, had a specific theme.   The theme this time –Joyful Asian Youth: Living the Gospel ‎in Multicultural Asia‎!‎ – intends to underscore the need for Asian youth to follow Christ amidst the immense variety of Asia’s cultural and natural diversity of which Indonesia is a prime model.

With some 17,000 islands dotting its vast expanse of some 1.9 million sq km., Indonesia is the ‎largest ‎archipelagic nation in the world.  It is home to over 300 ethnic groups and more than 700 languages. With more than 85 percent of its of 250 million population professing Islam, it is home to the world’s largest Muslim population and is the 4th most populous country.  Yet officially it is a secular state with the Indonesian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion, although the state officially recognises only six ‎ religions (Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and ‎Confucianism).In an interview

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Indonesia’s ambassador to the Holy See, Antonius Agus Sriyono‎, noted that by hosting the 7th AYD, his country wanted to emphasise the need for young people of Asia and Indonesia to promote and respect unity amidst diversity.  Vatican Radio Stefano Lesczynski who interviewed Sriyono, first asked him about the expectations of the Catholic and Christian communities from the AYD in Indonesia.

Ambassador Sriyono said that young people are very important for Indonesia in the coming decade.  It is important for young Indonesian Catholics to promote and respect the ideal of Indonesia’s unity.   In all Asian countries too, he said, there is the need to maintain unity amidst their diversity and variety.  “Let us together respect diversity,” he said.

By hosting the 7th AYD, Sriyono continued,  Indonesia wanted to emphasise the first principle of the Pancasila, which is respect for other faiths; and the second principle – respect for differences based on humanity.

The Indonesian ambassador to the Holy See also spoke about the need for inter-faith dialogue in order to curb the growth of radicalism in his country.  He said inter-religious dialogue creates understanding amidst differences.  “Dialogue is important to bridging differences,” he said.   – Vatican Radio

Child protection committee presents report to region’s shepherds

JOHOR BAHRU – The committee for child protection of the Professional Standards Office (PSO) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur presented their report to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei (CBCMSB).

The conference held its meeting on 10-14 July 2017 at the Majodi Centre here.

The PSO headed by Father William Michael gave an introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The first speaker was Raymond Jegan from Kuala Lumpur who spoke on Introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The second speaker, Fr William Michael, spoke on Sexual Abuse of Minors and the implications as presented in the code of canon law.

Finally, Datin Elsie Das from Kuala Lumpur, who is also a member of the PSO, presented the Child Protection Manual and the Code of Conduct to the arch/ bishops. – heraldmalaysiaonline

Outgoing PMS director calls for regional missionary council to be set up

JOHOR BAHRU – The outgoing regional director of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei called for a regional missionary council to be set up in his final meeting with the region’s arch/bishops who were having their biannual meet on 10-14 July meeting here.

Father VA Michael said he has served the office for ten and a half years.

In his final report to the CBCMSB, he said the very nature of the church is to be missionary.  Hence, there is a need for a regional missionary council as well as at diocesan and parish level.

On the area of evangelisation, he said,  we need to reach out to all, especially to those outside the Church. “We need to be in touch with the people at the grass-root level.”

Fr Michael also thanked the Nuncio, CBCMSB and all Mission Directors of each diocese for their support and contribution in the last 10 ½ years. He said the new PMS Regional Director is Father Victor Louis of Penang Diocese. – heraldmalaysiaonline 

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