Singapore (Agenzia Fides) - Witnessing the Gospel by counteracting "aggressive secularism that attempts to remove God from society": is the invitation addressed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State to Catholics in Singapore, who visited Singapore during his trip in Southeast Asia to sign the Concordat between the Holy See and East Timor.
The Cardinal celebrated a Mass dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, praising the vitality of the Church in Singapore and encouraging Catholics to see in the Assumption of Mary "a new beginning in the history of salvation".
Speaking of the Church in Singapore, the Secretary of State stressed that, after 200 years of presence on the island and after 50 as part of an independent country, the local community is invited: "to find creative ways of carrying forward the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in a changing society", he said.
The Cardinal highlighted the work of Catholic institutions and organizations in Singapore, hoping that every believer can be "an imitator of Christ". He also said it is important for the Catholic Church to be a partner with "all people of good will in recognising the place of religious faiths, virtue and morality as essential foundations of a society and a nation". "With Our Lady as your guide, the Archdiocese of Singapore will do great things", he concluded.
In Singapore, there are about 300 thousand baptized Catholics, including immigrants, out of 5 million inhabitants. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 19/08/2015)