PM Lee hails Archbishop Goh's Cardinal role as significant for Catholics in Singapore

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PM Lee hails Archbishop Goh's Cardinal role as significant for Catholics in Singapore

Archdiocese Of Singapore, Archbishop William Goh

PM Lee hails Archbishop Goh's Cardinal role as significant for Catholics in Singapore

PM Lee on Wednesday congratulated Archbishop Goh on his appointment, calling it 'especially significant to our Catholic community, who marked their bicentennial just last year'.

Religious leaderArchbishop William Goh, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, will be the first from Singapore to hold the position of Cardinal. (SCREENCAP: Archbishop William Goh/Facebook)SINGAPORE — Archbishop William Goh on Wednesday (1 June) said he was caught"off-guard" and completely"unprepared" by Sunday's announcement by the Vatican that he will be appointed a Cardinal, making him the first from Singapore to hold the position.

"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.

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(SCREENCAP: Archbishop William Goh/Facebook) SINGAPORE — Archbishop William Goh on Wednesday (1 June) said he was caught"off-guard" and completely"unprepared" by Sunday's announcement by the Vatican that he will be appointed a Cardinal, making him the first from Singapore to hold the position. "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. "We had a good discussion on our bilateral cooperation and building up the strong relationship between Singapore and Indonesia," wrote PM Lee in a Facebook post about their meeting at the Istana. "I would be happy just to finish the task of building our archdiocese, a vibrant, evangelising and missionary church; and then retire to a simple, quiet and contemplative life," added Archbishop Goh. PM Lee and PM Trudeau also discussed Canada's growing engagement with the Asia-Pacific region and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Pope Francis had on Sunday said that he will create 21 new Cardinals at a Consistory on 27 August . PM Lee said he also reiterated Singapore's support for the Group of 20 (G-20) process and for Indonesia's G-20 presidency at the meeting. The Cardinals represent the Church worldwide, and reflect “a wide variety of cultures, contexts and pastoral ministries”. 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.

Cardinal-elect Goh wrote that the honour of being appointed by Pope Francis was"an endorsement of the archdiocese's vision". The G-20 brings together the world's largest economies. South Korea and China requested to join late in 2021 while Canada applied earlier this month."A greater responsibility is now placed on me beyond the narrow confines of the archdiocese," he added. 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". This year's summit will be held in Bali. He noted that the Cardinal-elect actively worked with fellow religious leaders to promote religious harmony and support the progress of Singapore, since taking office in 2013. More On This Topic. "I am confident that he will continue to bring his wisdom and humility to his new responsibilities. The Troika is made up of the country that holds the G-20 presidency, its predecessor and successor. Mr Lee said he"doesn't have any information on this".

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," added .