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News selected by Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur (CLS) for Catholics in Malaysia concerned about social justice and peace.

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Pope Canonizes Mother Teresa, Recalls Her Commitment To The Poor, Unborn

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-97), the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, on September 4 during an outdoor Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

An estimated 120,000 pilgrims attended the Mass, according to Vatican Radio.

The Christian life does not consist in “merely extending a hand in times of need,” Pope Francis preached. Read more »

Brunei Catholic Lawyers Celebrate Red Mass 2016

Brunei Catholic lawyers celebrated the Red Mass on 25th May 2016. The inaugural mass was held last year.

This year the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was once again celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Bandar Seri Begawan.

The main celebrant at the said Mass was Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei. Read more »

Fifth Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit The Sick

While preparing an article for this corporal work of mercy (visiting the sick), I immediately thought of one pope who highlighted this practice during his pontificate.

That pope was St. John Paul II, who throughout his life emphasized the habit of “visiting the sick.”

He is an inspiration to me and challenges us all to renew our own efforts in performing this work of mercy. Read more »

Here I Am, Here I Stay

These were the words penned on Peter Mooney’s columbarium nestled at the Church of St. Michael, Ipoh.

A Requiem Mass was held at the said church on 21 May 2016 organised by the CLS.

Presiding at the Mass was Rev. Father Peter Kim SJ, who had also presided at Peter Mooney’s funeral Mass on 27 April 2015. Read more »

Fourth Corporal Work of Mercy: Harbor the Harborless

We will focus on the next corporal works of mercy, “harbor the harborless” (shelter the homeless).

The Vatican highlighted this particular work of mercy this year when the new “Gift of Mercy” homeless shelter was established in October.

Even Pope Francis made a surprise visit. Read more »

Third Corporal Work Of Mercy: Clothe The Naked

The third corporal work of mercy, “clothe the naked,” seems rather straightforward.

One would think that it simply means to give clothes to someone who doesn’t have any.

While that certainly is an aspect of this work of mercy, it does not paint the whole picture. Read more »

Seek Justice In Fair, Moderate Manner, KL Archbishop Tells Lawyers

Archbishop Julian Leow urged Catholic lawyers to pursue justice in a "fair and meek manner in the midst of extreme issues facing the country", at the annual Red Mass celebration this morning.

He, however, said he used the term “meek” to mean "moderate", as opposed to being timid or soft. Read more »

MCCBCHST: Cabinet Must Tackle Root Cause Of Problem – Conversion Of Minors By Single Parent

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) refers to the statement by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam that the Cabinet is looking into solving the problem of unilateral child conversion and introducing amendments to related laws.

MCCBCHST hopes that the root cause of the problem, i.e. the unilateral conversion of minors by a single parent would be RESOLVED. Read more »

Church Honours Saint Agnes Of Rome – Patron Saint Of Young Girls, Chasity And Rape Survivors

St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a Christian family.

Agnes was very beautiful and belonged to a wealthy family. Her hand in marriage was highly sought after, and she had many high ranking men chasing after her.

However, Agnes made a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was great and she hated sin even more than death! Read more »

Second Corporal Work Of Mercy: To Give Drink To The Thirsty

The second corporal work of mercy might seem redundant but is in fact a separate work of mercy.

“To give drink to the thirsty” is similar to the action of “feeding the hungry,” but addresses a different need of the body and is not easily accomplished.

There are many parts of the world, even in our own country, where fresh drinking water is scarce or impossible to find. Read more »

First Corporal Work of Mercy: Feed the Hungry

Let us examine the seven corporal works of mercy. These works of mercy focus on serving the visible needs of our neighbor and should not be neglected.

There is a real temptation to only care about the spiritual poverty in the world and to entirely forget about the poor man at our own door step.

We must fight against this temptation and seek to serve all the needs of our neighbor. Read more »

Grotto Where Jesus Was Born Takes You Back To Church Origins

From the very beginnings of Christianity, the grotto where Jesus was born has been revered as one of the most sacred places in the world.

Today, it is designated a World Heritage Site and Roman Catholics from all over the world gather here every Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass.

When you visit as a pilgrim, you travel back in time to the first Christmas. You look up at the same stars and out at the same shepherds’ fields. Read more »

No Room For Religious And Racial Extremism In Selangor

Selangor Menteri Besar (chief minister) Dato' Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali unequivocally stated that there is no room for religious and racial extremism in Selangor.

He said that Selangor is referred to as the epi-centre of people with different races and faith and the State Government is duty bound to protect the harmony and tolerance amongst all races and religious communities in the State. Read more »

Holy Door At St. Peter's Basilica Unveiled For Jubilee Of Mercy

The Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday evening was freed of the brick wall which has hidden it since the Holy Year of 2000.

The Recognitio ceremony took place on Tuesday evening and was led by the Basilica’s Cardinal Archpriest Angelo Comastri.

After a procession and short prayer service led by Cardinal Comastri, workers began to carefully remove the wall, extracting a small, metal box which conserved mementos from the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Read more »

Church Honours Pope Saint John Paul II The Great (1920 – 2005) - The Patron Saint Of Families

“Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978.

Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday.

Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. Read more »

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