“After serving communities in the Amazon rainforest, Macau was like a new beginning”: Fr Rafael Vigolo

Born in Brazil, Rafael Gemelli Vigolo graduated in mechanical engineering before he decided to follow God’s call. A former missionary in Peru and in the far reaches of the Brazilian Amazon, the Comboni priest arrived in Macau two and a half years ago, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Special Administrative Region to isolate itself from the rest of the world. Currently the Vicar of Saint Francis Xavier parish in Mong Ha, Father Vigolo found in Macau a way of living and celebrating the Catholic faith, which is very different from what he was used to in Latin America. The Brazilian missionary found himself surrounded with a vibrant community but also with very specific issues. One of the most challenging, he emphasizes, is the spiritual accompaniment of the younger generations after the end of their catechetical formation. Father Rafael Vigolo spoke with O Clarim….

Battle of Macau’s 400th anniversary celebrations to commence with Mass on Festa de Sao Joao

The International Institute of Macau and several other local organizations join forces to celebrate the quatercentenary of the ‘Battle of Macau’, which coincides with the feast of Saint John the Baptist – the city’s patron saint – on June 24th. The commemoration of the historical event will continue with lectures, conferences and a cultural soirée after the initial thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady.

Practical theology: Ricci Institute to discuss sustainability and business integrity

The Macau Ricci Institute has invited Hong Kong’s practical theologian Christine Lai to explain next Wednesday why integrity and sustainability go hand in hand in terms of good business practices.
Lai is the guest speaker at a digital forum that is the first of two initiatives to advance a better understanding of the values that the recently-instituted Deignan Award for Responsible Entrepreneurship will reward.

A busy summer ahead: St Joseph the Worker’s parish to conduct Spiritual formation, Anointing of the Sick, fun activities for youth, kids

It is one of the most popular summer camps in Macau and it will take place once again at Saint Joseph the Worker’s Parish, in Hac Sa Wan. The summer activities program promoted by the Catholic Diocese of Macau is one of several endeavors of a pastoral nature that the Special Administrative Region’s youngest Church will nurture in the coming months.

More than the money: Elderly now convinced about Covid-19 jabs, says Caritas

Caritas Macau was one of eight associations and organizations recruited by the government to help with the vaccination drive aimed at senior citizens. To boost vaccination rates, the Macau Foundation grants a 250 pataca voucher to residents over 65 who have already received two shots of the Covid-19 jab. The Secretary General of Caritas claims that money is not, however, the reason why an increasing number of elderly are choosing to get vaccinated.