PM Lee congratulates Archbishop Goh on his upcoming appointment as Roman Catholic cardinal

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PM Lee congratulates Archbishop Goh on his upcoming appointment as Roman Catholic cardinal

Lee Hsien Loong, Archbishop William Goh

PM Lee congratulates Archbishop Goh on his upcoming appointment as Roman Catholic cardinal

SINGAPORE — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (June 1) congratulated Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye on an announcement by Pope Francis that he would be appointed as a Roman Ca

as a Roman Catholic cardinal in August.In a Facebook post, Mr Lee noted that Archbishop Goh, 64, will be the first Singaporean cardinal — a rank second only to the pope in the church hierarchy.“This is especially significant to our Catholic community, who marked their bicentennial just last year,” Mr Lee wrote.

"Since taking office in 2013, Archbishop Goh has guided Catholics in Singapore and has actively worked with fellow religious leaders to “promote religious harmony and support the progress of our country”, Mr Lee said.“I am confident that he will continue to bring his wisdom and humility to his new responsibilities. I wish him every success in his new appointment, and look forward to him making a greater contribution to the church and to the broader community, in Singapore and beyond,” he added.

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appointed as a Roman Catholic cardinal in August.Pope Francis Religious leader Archbishop William Goh, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, will be the first from Singapore to hold the position of Cardinal.Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.

In a Facebook post, Mr Lee noted that Archbishop Goh, 64, will be the first Singaporean cardinal — a rank second only to the pope in the church hierarchy. “This is especially significant to our Catholic community, who marked their bicentennial just last year,” Mr Lee wrote. "As it is, I am already so overwhelmed by my responsibilities as bishop for the local church that I have never thought of any other appointments, certainly not to the College of Cardinals," wrote the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore in a lengthy post on his personal Facebook page. "Since taking office in 2013, Archbishop Goh has guided Catholics in Singapore and has actively worked with fellow religious leaders to “promote religious harmony and support the progress of our country”, Mr Lee said. Both leaders also welcomed closer cooperation between the two cities' public services, and exchanged views on developments in the cities and the broader region. “I am confident that he will continue to bring his wisdom and humility to his new responsibilities. Pope Francis had on Sunday said that he will create 21 new Cardinals at a Consistory on 27 August . I wish him every success in his new appointment, and look forward to him making a greater contribution to the church and to the broader community, in Singapore and beyond,” he added. During Mr Lee's four-day trip to Beijing he received his official appointment letter from Mr Li - the final formality before taking office on July 1.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore previously said in a statement that it is honoured at the news and that Archbishop Goh is"deeply humbled" by the upcoming appointment. Cardinal-elect Goh wrote that the honour of being appointed by Pope Francis was"an endorsement of the archdiocese's vision". Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, had on Monday met Mr Leung Chun Ying, Hong Kong's former chief executive and vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and spoke about collaborating in new areas such as the Greater Bay Area, referring to Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Archbishop Goh will be officially installed as a cardinal on Aug 27 in a ceremony known as a consistory. One of the more high-profile roles of cardinals is to elect a new pope when the incumbent dies or resigns, at an event known as a conclave. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday congratulated Archbishop Goh on his appointment, calling it"especially significant to our Catholic community, who marked their bicentennial just last year". Only cardinals aged under 80 may enter the conclave. He secured more than 99 per cent of votes as the sole candidate in the city's small-circle chief executive election on May 8. When the cardinals have elected a new pope, they convey this message by releasing white smoke from a chimney atop the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. "I am confident that he will continue to bring his wisdom and humility to his new responsibilities. Mr Lee said he"doesn't have any information on this".

In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, Archbishop Goh said that a greater responsibility is now placed on him"beyond the narrow confines of the archdiocese", since he will have work together with other cardinals to look after the Church by assisting and advising Pope Francis. "Please pray that I might have the strength, the humility, the wisdom, the holiness and fortitude to give up my life completely for the service of our Holy Father (Pope Francis) and the Universal Church, as well as continue to look after the interests of the local church in Singapore and also the dioceses of Malaysia and Brunei of which we are a member of the Regional Bishops Conference. Mr Teo departs for Singapore on Wednesday." Related topics .