Cardinal Sebastian noted that these acts of penance are also being done by other non-Catholic Asians, especially Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims, bringing about a unique sense of spiritual unity within the region.
Msgr. Pierre Hangly said, "You are the living stone, together to protect the house of the Holy Spirit, so the church is important to receive Christ, and Catholics have a vital role to play in receiving God to show mercy to others.”
"A possible visit by the Holy Father to Timor is in preparation. We can't confirm the date yet; it will be announced by the Holy See together with the government, but it is no secret that we are preparing for this possible visit,” said Monsenor Marco Sprizzi, the Vatican ambassador to Timor-Leste.
St. Gerosa High School, a Catholic School from South India has suspended the Nun teacher allegedly after parents and students accused her of making derogatory remarks about Hindu Gods, Hindu Religion and PM Modi during a Moral Science lesson on February 12, 2024.
“The focus of both celebrations is different. CNY is about Thanksgiving and family reunions, while Lent calls us to the discipline of fasting, abstinence, sacrifice, prayer, and almsgiving,” Archbishop Simon Poh said.
According to the Cardinal, the church invites those who are sick to bring their “sufferings closer to the sufferings of Christ, include in your sacrifice the sacrifice of his body and blood, and use it for the good of others.”
It explains that the “deacons and priests who are selected as clergy through the sacrament of holy orders have the duties of proclaiming the Gospel, administering the sacraments, and serving the Church as collaborators of the bishop.”
“The Church stands with them, and as [shepherds] from various ecclesiastical jurisdictions with fisherfolk within our pastoral care, we stand with them and we bishops give voice to their fears and anxieties, their woes and their concerns,” they said.