EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A Conversation with Cardinal Sim: The World-traveled Engineer (Who Initially Declined Ordination to Priesthood) Who Would Become Nation’s 1st Bishop & Cardinal

Here is a ZENIT exclusive interview with Cardinal Cornelius Sim, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei, the first Cardinal of the tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in two distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea.

Pope Francis held an Ordinary Public Consistory, Nov. 28, for the creation of 13 new cardinals in a socially distant St. Peter’s Basilica as the world grapples with the COVID19 resurgence worldwide. Cardinal Sim and Cardinal Jose F. Advincula, Archbishop of Capiz, Philippines, were not able to be present due to the contingent health situation, but still were created cardinals in the consistory.

“A representative of the Holy Father, at another time to be determined, will give them the hat, the ring and the bull with the title,” Holy See Press Office Director, Matteo Bruni, clarified to journalists. The members of the College of Cardinals unable to reach Rome were able to join the Celebration, participated remotely through a digital platform that allowed them to connect with the Vatican Basilica.

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Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Holds Virtual Graduation

AMECEA Report by  Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, FSSA

At its first-ever virtual graduation ceremony in a 36-year-old Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Friday, November 27, management of the Institution of higher learning has emphasized the need for ethical leadership to over one thousand students who were graduating, reminding them to embrace the values they have acquired from the university.   

“I wish to challenge you to go out there and use the knowledge and skills you have acquired in CUEA to make the world a better place, one day at a time. Embrace the values of CUEA, which will make you ethical leaders,” the Chairman of the CUEA Council, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba said in his address during the 39th graduation ceremony.

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Catholic Church in New Zealand to Listen to Abuse Survivors

The Catholic Church is determined to listen, learn, and reflect on the evidence of survivors who will speak at the first faith-based redress hearings of the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care, starting today in Auckland.

“The Catholic bishops and congregational leaders are committed to upholding their responsibilities to act to stop abuse in the Catholic Church and to learn the lessons of how to respond to what has happened,” says Catherine Fyfe, chair of Te Rōpū Tautoko, the Church agency formed to co-ordinate and manage cooperation between the Royal Commission and the Catholic Church, as represented by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference and the Congregational Leaders Conference (CLCANZ).

Te Rōpū Tautoko has provided thousands of pages of requested historical documents to the Commission.

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