Pope Francis, Palm Sunday

Pope Francis, Palm Sunday

Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic

Since he was elected in 2013, Pope Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real, saying in a 2018 document that it was mistaken to consider him a myth.

29/3/2021 3:30:00 AM

Since he was elected in 2013, Pope Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real, saying in a 2018 document that it was mistaken to consider him a myth.

Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter's Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. In pre-coronavirus times, Palm Sunday , which marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter, tens of thousands of people would pack St. Peter's Square holding olive branches and intricately woven palm fronds in an outdoor ceremony. 'The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord,' he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering.

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Investors looking at older projects may have to allocate significant costs for renovation, maintenance works, and so on, in order to attract more potential tenants.The only exception in our list is Melville Park, which was completed in 1996, making it the oldest project on this list. One factor for this may be its bigger strata size, which ranges from 900 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft.The project is located near Changi Airport, Changi Business Park, and is near several coffeeshops, childcare centres, as well as Simei and Tampines East MRT stations on the green and blue lines.Parc Rosewood. (Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)2. They are mostly leasehold propertiesNine in 10 of these projects are leasehold properties, with the exception of Alexis in Queenstown. 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The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at Icon at Tanjong Pagar costs between $2,600 and $2,900 for a unit size of 500 to 600 sq ft.4. ConvenienceProximity to transport hubs and MRT or LRT stations are clearly a priority for tenants. While six out of 10 projects are located within walking distance – or 500 metres – to an MRT or LRT station, all 10 properties are located within 2km – which is possibly within one or two bus stops – of an MRT or LRT station.That said, with remote work arrangements becoming the new normal in a post-Covid-19 world, proximity to MRT stations and transport hubs may become less crucial moving forward.One North Residences5. Smaller apartmentsOne- to two-bedroom units were the most commonly rented units in eight out of the 10 projects, with the exception of Melville Park and Caribbean at Keppel Bay. The smaller units could be due to tenants looking to move in on their own or with friends, as opposed to whole families.The two- and three-bedroom apartments were most popular for Melville Park and Caribbean at Keppel Bay. This could be attributable to the bigger units available in these projects, which means they tend to be more popular amongst families looking to rent.6. Larger projects preferredEight out of the 10 projects have over 600 units. The way we see it, these projects offer more variety in terms of unit types to cater to the needs of different groups of tenants (e.g. singles, couples, young families and so on).Larger projects typically have better amenities and facilities. 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