Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru celebrated her 135th Year Anniversary by welcoming Our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Salvado Marino. He was accompanied by Father Vjekoslav Holik, Crotian from Vatican Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. In this album, the arrival of the Nuncio, his walkabout in the parish & Blessing of the refurbished Grotto of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.


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Life in the Spirit Seminar 2018

In his discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus made a promise to his disciples:
“I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Trust, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”  (Jn 14:16-17)

Jesus knew that when he was no longer on earth, his disciples would not be able to live the kind of lift he had called them to by their own strength and ability.  He knew that Christians would need a supernatural source of strength, that they would need the strength and power of God himself.  So he promised t his disciples the very Spirit of God, and on Pentecost that Spirit came down upon them, to remain with the Christian people forever.  The lives of the disciples were radically transformed by the Holy Spirit: they were able to preach the Gospel of Jesus in boldness and power, their words wee accompanied by signs and wonders, they drew together to live in new communities, united in one mind and one heart.

Today, Christians of all denominations are rediscovering the power that Jesus gives his people through the Holy Spirit.  They are discovering the power to live together in love and peace, to heal the sick and comfort the afflicted, and to worship God with new and abundant praise.  Above all, they are discovering a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their very own Lord and Savior.  The power of the Holy Spirit has made such a vital and tangible change in their lives that more and more people can see that power at work and begin to desire this new life for themselves.  Everywhere, people are coming alive to the new life in the Spirit, and they want to find out more about that life, they want to discover a new relationship with Jesus.

The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.  They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. 

Date : 17th August 2018 – 19th August 2018

Venue : Majodi

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Most Rev. Joseph Salvador Marino, (born 23 January 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a diplomat of the Holy See.

Marino began his diplomatic career with an assignment to the Vatican embassy in the Philippines in 1988. He was transferred to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1991, and then to Lagos, Nigeria in 1994. In 1997 he began working throughout the Balkans. Marino was a member of the Vatican delegation sent by Pope John Paul II to Belgrade on April 1, 1999, at the height of the Kosovo conflict. He was also part of a delegation sent to the White House before the 2003 start of the war in Iraq, as the pope sent a plea for peace. Marino sat in on a meeting between

President George W. Bush and Cardinal Pio Laghi.

Archbishop Marino was appointed an archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. He received his episcopal consecration from Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran on March 29, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama. Co-consecrators were Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Titular Archbishop of Canosa and Bishop William Russell Houck, Bishop Emeritus of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

Archbishop Marino was the Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh from 2008 until 2013. Marino previously served as a diplomat based at the Vatican embassy in London and served with the secretariat of state for the Vatican in Rome from 1997 to 2004.

On January 16, 2013, Archbishop Marino was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Apostolic Nuncio to East Timor, and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei.

Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most joyful of our liturgical Solemnities. The Church on earth and the Church in Heaven join in the infinite glory of God, who welcomes and crowns his Mother. Today is the day of Mary’s birth in Heaven which celebrates the triumph of her soul and her body.


6.30pm – Arrival of HE Archbishop Joseph Marion

7.00pm – Talk on “Role of the Lady in the Church today” at St Mary’s Hall

8.00pm – Thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration




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Pope Francis met on April 1 with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), for a “cordial” discussion of prospects for regularization of the traditionalist group.

The SSPX– which objects to Vatican II teachings on religious liberty and ecumenism, and insists on the celebration of the Tridentine Mass– broke with the Holy See in 1988, when the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre ordained four bishops without Vatican approval, incurring the penalty of excommunication. Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications in 2009, but the prelates and priests of the SSPX remain suspended from ministry. Talks aimed at regularization of the traditionalist group reached an impasse in 2012, but informal discussions have continued.

Pope Francis had not previously met with Bishop Fellay, except for brief greetings. In a statement released after the meeting, the SSPX reported that the Pope “had wanted a private and informal meeting, without the formality of an official audience.” The Pontiff spoke with Bishop Fellay for about 40 minutes. The canonical status of the SSPX “was not directly addressed,” the society said, but the Pope and Bishop Fellay agreed that talks should continue “without haste.”

In an interview published just a few days before his meeting with the Pontiff, Bishop Fellay had said that he thinks Pope Francis might be anxious to resolve the problems of the SSPX, because the Pope has a special concern for “anything that is marginalized.”

Bishop Fellay met on the following day, April 2, with Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission, to continue talks.

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Pope Francis expressed confidence that Mother Angelica is in heaven, in a remark made during his weekly public audience on March 30.

The Pope acknowledged employees of EWTN, the network founded by Mother Angelica, who were in attendance at his Wednesday audience. Blessing a portrait of Mother Angelica, he said simply: “She’s in heaven.”

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