Today’s Catholic celebrates its 20th anniversary
Today’s Catholic is marking its twentieth year of publication. From its very humble beginnings in 1988, it has grown to what it is today, like the mustard seed that is the “smallest of all seeds but has grown into the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches” (Mt 13:31-32). Though produced by an Editorial Board made up of volunteers, the Catholic monthly of the Archdiocese of Kuching has improved its standard and quality, providing local and international news about the Church as well as faith formation articles in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia to readers. And beyond faith formation, Today’s Catholic is an important tool for evangelisation, as it shares with non-Christian readers the good news of Jesus Christ.
A significant development is that Today’s Catholic has spread its wings to the Diocese of Sibu. It is hoped that through this Catholic monthly major events in the Diocese of Sibu will find a way into the hearts of its more than 7,000 readers and attract many more readers from among its faithful. In this way, hopefully, Today’s Catholic will become a good forum of sharing between Sibu and Kuching, once one diocese, and foster mutual edification and sense of unity between them.
I lend my support to the Editorial Board’s hope to increase readership of Today’s Catholic so that more Catholics will find encouragement and support for their faith as they read about what is going on in the Church – locally and elsewhere. In this way and with the help of faith formation articles, they will have their faith built up. And of course, there is the additional hope that non-Catholic Christians as well as non-Christians will get to understand the Catholic faith and practices better. To this end, I appeal to all readers to share Today’s Catholic with their friends.
To conclude, I offer my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the Editorial Board and all co-opted reporters and contributors for their commitment to Today’s Catholic and their efforts in not just keeping it in circulation but also improving its standard and quality. May God reward all of them as he sees best.