Dear Hindu Friends,
The triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, which you commemorate in this Festival of Deepavali, is also an ideal which all humankind cherish; particularly in these troubling times of moral decay, social injustice and racial and religious intolerance.
All the more, it behoves us, as believers in truth and justice, to stand together to uphold and champion values that protect all that is good for society and the world, so that we can all live in peace and harmony.
In the words of Pope Francis, “Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world.” Indeed, today, where the name of religion is sadly misused to justify indiscriminate killings of innocent victims, interreligious dialogue is all the more urgent and relevant.
“You have a chance to see that God is moving in a marvellous, marvellous way,” said Mr Charles Lim, a Catholic from St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah).
Ms Naidu and Mr Lim were among about 500 Catholics and Protestants who attended an ecumenical Charismatic healing service on Oct 6 at the Aldersgate Methodist Church.
A Mass and seminar were held on Sept 27 to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Canossian Sisters in Singapore.
The action began as early as 8.30am. Children from the combined choir of the Canossian School, Canossa Convent and St Anthony’s Canossian Primary began streaming into St Joseph’s Church at Victoria Street, ready to sing at the Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh. Guests were also treated to a choir performance after the Mass.
The attendees at the Mass, about 1,000, came from the various branches of the Canossian family – alumni members, former teachers, lay Canossian volunteers, benefactors and family members of the Sisters. Special guests included the Apostolic Nucio to Singapore, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli and a few key members of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO).
“We need to understand the challenges and difficulties that migrants have.”
The archbishop made this comment in his homily during a Mass to celebrate the 100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sept 28.
Speaking to the crowd of about 1,500 migrants and local Catholics at St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah), he stressed the “necessity for all of us to cooperate, to work together to achieve social cohesion, integration, assimilation”.