Saintly relics for Penang church

loading A close-up of the relic of the late Saint Pope John Paul II received by the Church of Divine Mercy, Sungai Ara.

The Church of Divine Mercy, Penang’s youngest Catholic parish, has secured the first and only relic of the late Pope John Paul II in the country.

“What have you been waiting for?”

The question was vague and certainly not what Fr Martin Arlando was expecting when he answered a late morning call from the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis, in August last year.

After being installed as the first parish priest of Penang’s newest Catholic church less than a year before, Fr Martin was waiting for a lot of things – both tangible and spiritual. His flock at the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM) in Sungai Ara was growing and the parish was slowly taking on its own character and identity but there were obviously areas that remained wanting.

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