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Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh appointed new Archbishop of Kuching

Archbishop-designate Simon Poh to take over Archbishop John Ha as the new archbishop of Kuching

KUCHING — On 4 March, Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh Hoon Seng as the new Archbishop of Kuching, to succeed Archbishop John Ha. At the same time, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Ha from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Kuching.

The new Archbishop of Kuching will be installed and take possession of the archdiocese on the Feast of St Joseph on 20 March at 7.30 pm. The ceremony will be held at St Joseph’s Cathedral (Kuching).

As the Chief Shepherd of the Archdiocese of Kuching, the Metropolitan See of Sarawak, Archbishop Simon Poh will receive the pallium from Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29 June.

Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino will perform the investiture of pallium on the new Archbishop of Kuching on 19 July in Kuching.

The pallium is a symbol of communion with the Church of Rome and the Pope.

In a recent press release, Archbishop-designate Simon Poh expressed his gratitude and loyalty to Holy Father. He pledged his commitment to the faithful, Religious, Priests of the Archdiocese of Kuching and to the Malaysian Church, building on the good work that began with Archbishop Emeritus Peter Chung and carried on by Archbishop John Ha.


Today’s Catholic Vol.28 No.12 March 2017

Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

KRAKOW, Poland — Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God’s eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant.

Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday 31 July to at least 1.5 million young people who filled Polish city’s “Campus Misericordiae” – or “Field of Mercy” for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD).

The Mass was the final major event of WYD in Krakow, which marks the end of the Pope’s 27-31 July visit to Poland.

Pope Francis centred his address on the day’s Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the tax collector Zacchaeus, a man despised by the Jews for his collaboration with the Romans.  Continue reading Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

Brotherly embrace: Pope, Armenian leader highlight Christian unity

Catholicos Karekin II, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, exchanges greetings with Pope Francis during a divine liturgy at Etchmiadzin in Vagharshapat, Armenia, June 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VAGHARSHAPAT, Armenia — Recognising that the church of Christ is one and that Christian divisions are a “scandal” to the world, Pope Francis and Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II offered their faithful the example of praying and working together.

Approaching the end of his three-day trip to Armenia, Pope Francis attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated on 26 June by the patriarch at Etchmiadzin, the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church. To accommodate the crowd, the liturgy was held outdoors at a towering stone sanctuary used for major celebrations.  Continue reading Brotherly embrace: Pope, Armenian leader highlight Christian unity

Testimony from Albania priest moves Pope to tears

Pope Francis ebmbraces Rev. Ernest Troshani in Tirana’s St. Paul Cathedral, Albania. Credit: L’observatore Romano.

 With tears in his eyes, Pope Francis gave a warm embrace to Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 84, one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania.

During his visit to Tirana, Albania, on 21 Sept, Pope Francis met with priests, religious, seminarians and members of ecclesial lay movements at the Cathedral of St. Paul, where he listened attentively to Fr. Simoni’s testimony. Continue reading Testimony from Albania priest moves Pope to tears

Pope prays for the 239 people aboard MH370

VATICAN — Pope Francis on Sunday 16 March, asked people to pray for the passengers and crew of the Malaysian Airlines plane that left Kuala Lumpur airport for Beijing on 8 March but disappeared, and for their families.

There were 239 persons aboard the Boeng 777, including some 151 Chinese and many Malaysians.

The Malaysian authorities are not excluding the possibility that the plane was hijacked. Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters on Saturday that the plane veered off course due to an apparent deliberate action taken by someone on board. Five of the passengers were travelling on false passports, news reports say.

The Pope expressed his concern and called for prayers just after midday, when he spoke to tens of thousands of pilgrims from many countries gathered in St Peter’s Square, and gave them his blessing. Continue reading Pope prays for the 239 people aboard MH370