Dear Muslim brothers and sisters,
It is with immense joy that I celebrate with you the end of your holy month of Ramadan; of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
May this message express my great esteem and respect for all Muslims; in particular, your active involvement in promoting peace, and harmony through interreligious dialogue, and projects that reach out to victims of environmental calamities and the poor and needy of different religions and races.
As Pope Francis has called for particular attention to families this year, coinciding with the United Nations’ “International Year of the Family”, I ardently wish God’s abundant blessings of love and unity on all your families.
I believe Muslims and Catholics share a common goal to build up families anchored in love and respect for each family member. It is when there is real unity within families that we can also speak of real unity in the country and humanity.
Jesuit Fr Manoling Francisco, who will perform in an upcoming concert at Queen of Peace church, shares how music can evangelise
On Aug 8-9, the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a Meditation & Music prayer concert at 8pm.
Filipino liturgical composer Jesuit Fr Manoling Francisco will perform on both nights accompanied by a choir from the host parish and the St Francis Xavier Choir from the Church of St Ignatius.
The priest, who performed at the Church of St Mary of the Angels last December, shares with CatholicNews his musical inspirations and how music can lead listeners to a deeper experience of God.
Following are excerpts from the interview:
The Lourdes Experience will be held this December for the third time.
The Singapore association of the Order of Malta, a lay religious order, is once again organising the event, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, Dec 6.
According to the association, hundreds of litres of the water from the well-known Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, will be imported and distributed to the sick at the event. The water is known to have miraculous properties.
Mr Michael Khoo, president of the Order of Malta Singapore, told CatholicNews that the event is to “enable those of the faithful in Singapore who for any personal reason are unable to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes, in particular the sick, the infirm and the needy, to experience Lourdes here in Singapore”.
According to the SIM Catholic Society (SIM CS), the Malay Cultural and Muslim Society (SIM MCMS) invited the former to take part in the project, called ProjectGiveback – and on July 5, they got to work.
Twenty-four participants from SIM MCMS and seven from SIM CS cleaned six homes selected by Back2Basics, an organisation that provides basic needs to underprivileged families regardless of race or religion.
Catholic and Muslim participants said they found the joint effort an enriching experience.