Interesting Popes

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Papal coronation of Charles VII in Reims

Papal coronation of King Charles VII of France in Reims

The popes are heads of the Roman Catholic Church and according to Catholic doctrine, the tradition of having popes began with St Peter, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and has continued into the modern era. This article is by no means a criticism of the Catholic Church or its belief system, but a truthful account of the some of the most notorious popes throughout history.

Roman Emperor Constantine

Roman Emperor Constantine

During the early history of the Church, the pontiffs of Rome held no temporal power until the time of Roman Emperor Constantine in the 3rd Century CE. After the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Middle Ages in 476 CE, the popes had fallen under the sway of the powerful sovereigns of the Italian Peninsula. This time became known as the periods of the Ostrogothic Papacy, the Byzantine Papacy and the Frankish Papacy. In time, the papacy held dominion over a section of the Italian peninsula that was henceforth known as the Papal States. This also marked the transition of power from ruling monarchs to powerful Roman families – the Crescentii family and the Tusculum counts – that controlled the papacy during what is called the Saeculum Obscurum or the Dark Ages.

Between 1048-1257 CE, the papacy suffered tremendous strife. Conflict arose between the Catholic churches and the monarchs of both the Holy Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire. This became known as the East-West Schism that culminated with the division of the Western Church which became the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Church which became the Orthodox Church. From 1257-1377 CE, the popes of that period resided in Viterbo, Orvieto, Perugia and Avignon. After Avignon, the pope returned to Rome and this was followed by an internal power struggle known as the Western Schism. This schism caused the Church to be torn into two, and for a period of time included three claimants to the papal throne.

St Peter’s Basilica, the mother church of the Catholic Church right in the heart of the Vatican City.

St Peter’s Basilica, the mother church of the Catholic Church right in the heart of the Vatican City.

After this came the Renaissance Papacy that was known for its rich patronage of grand architecture and the fine arts. They also made headway at consolidating their influence within European power circles, during a period when the popes were bombarded with various theological challenges, threatening their leadership. These hurdles began with the Protestant Reformation, and continued later as the Baroque Popes had to steer the Catholic Church through the Counter-Reformation as well. The Age of Revolution brought about the largest state confiscations of Church wealth during the French Revolution, and its reverberations which swept through Europe. During the Italian Unification, the curtailing of papal power and influence would become known as the Roman Question. These events culminated with the formation of the Vatican City, which is now synonymous with the Roman Catholic Church.

Through these periods of history the Church was led by the various popes, some of whom led interesting or even notorious lives. Below are accounts of some of these figures.

 

Pope Stephen VI – Immortalised by His Grudge

Jean-Paul Laurens’s recreates the Cadaver Synod in this painting

Jean-Paul Laurens’s recreates the Cadaver Synod in this painting

Stephen VI became pontiff in 896 CE and remained in power for only a year. He is considered notorious for holding a tremendous grudge against his predecessor, Pope Formosus. This grudge came to a climax when he ordered Pope Formosus’ rotting corpse to be exhumed, and placed on trial in January 897 CE. This gruesome event has come to be known as the “Cadaver Synod”.

During the trial, he placed the rotting corpse of the previous pontiff on the throne, complete with sacred vestments, and appointed a deacon to answer on behalf of the deceased. The corpse of Pope Formosus was charged with continuing to perform the function of a bishop of Rome, even though he had been deposed; for holding the office of pope while he was actually the bishop of Porto instead of Rome; and many other trumped up charges.

Naturally, the corpse was found to be guilty and stripped of its sacred vestments. A sentence was passed to chop three fingers off the corpse’s right hand, which are typically used by a pope to bestow blessings. The corpse was then clad in the clothes of layman and quickly buried. It was then re-exhumed once again and thrown in the Tiber River. Subsequently, it was declared that all ordinations performed by Pope Formosus were annulled. This infamous trial created a serious uproar throughout the Church.

The actual instigators of this macabre deed may actually have been one of the many enemies that Pope Formosus had, such the House of Spoleto, especially Guy IV of Spoleto. This family had regained the control of Rome at the beginning of 897 CE, by renouncing their border claims in central Italy. However, this whole episode came to an abrupt end with Pope Stephen VI’s imprisonment, after which he was sentenced to death by strangulation that summer.

 

Pope Benedict IX – Grand Seller of the Papal Office

Pope Benedict IX

Benedict IX was pontiff from 1032 to 1044 CE, and then he became pontiff again in 1045 CE, and finally from 1047 to 1048 CE. He is the only man to have served as Pope for three discontinuous periods throughout the history of the church, and became one of the most controversial Popes of all time. In fact, Pope Benedict gave up his papacy for the first time in exchange for a large sum of money in 1044 CE. He returned to power in 1045 CE just to depose his replacement, Pope Sylvester III, and reigned for just one month. He left the office once again, possibly to marry, and then sold the papacy for a second time, this time to Pope Gregory VI, reportedly for over 650 kg or 1,450lb of gold.

Two years after that, Benedict retook his office as Bishop of Rome after the death of Clement II and reigned for an additional year, until 1048. It was said that Poppo of Brixen, who would later be known as Pope Damascus II, eventually evicted Benedict from Rome. Unfortunately, the actual place and date of Benedict’s death are unknown, but some speculate that he may have made further attempts to regain the Papal Throne after his eviction. The life of Pope Benedict is perfectly described by St. Peter Damian as one “feasting on immorality” and “a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest” in the Liber Gomorrhianus, a treatise on papal corruption and sex, in which he accused Benedict IX of routinely practicing homosexuality and bestiality.

 

Pope Sergius III – Papal Murderer & Establisher of the Rule of Harlots

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Sergius III ascended the Papal throne in 897 CE and reigned right up to 911 CE. He is the only pope known to have ordered the murder of another pope, and the only pontiff known to have fathered an illegitimate son, who later became pope. His reign as pope has been described as “dismal and disgraceful” to the Catholic Church.

The pontificate of Sergius III saw the rise of what papal historians call “pornocracy,” which literally means the “rule of the harlots”. This was seen to oppose the very nature of the celibate office according to the Liber Pontificalis, or the “Book of Pontiffs”, a book of biographies of various popes. A later chronicler of the pope’s biographies was also highly critical of Sergius III.

“Pornocracy” was an age in which women held some power. This included Theodora, whom Liutprand, described to be a “shameless whore [who] exercised power on the Roman citizenry like a man” and her daughter, Marozia, the mother of Pope John XI (r. 931 – 935 CE), who was widely reputed to be the mistress of Pope Sergius III.

 

Pope John XII – Desecrated Female Pilgrims & Invoker of Pagan Gods

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John XII was pope from 955 CE right up to 964 CE. In 963, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I summoned a council against John XII, and charged him with serious offences. These included the ordination of a deacon in a stable; the consecration of a 10-year-old boy as Bishop of Todi; the desecration of the Lateran Palace through turning it into a brothel; the rape of female pilgrims in St. Peter’s Basilica; steeling church offerings; toasting drinks to the devil; and invoking the aid of Jove, Venus and other pagan gods whilst dealing with dice.

Consequently, he was deposed but immediately returned to power as pope when Emperor Otto I left Rome. Pope John XII took retribution by maiming and mutilating all those who had opposed him. In 964 CE, he was apparently thrashed by the husband of a woman with whom he was having an affair, and died three days later without even receiving the Catholic confession or the sacrament of last rites.

 

Pope Leo X – Murderer of Cardinals & Merchant of Indulgences

Pope Leo X

Leo X became pope in 1513 CE, and his pontificate lasted until his death in 1521 CE. He was known primarily for the sale of “indulgences” in order to raise funds for the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica, and his rebuttal of Martin Luther’s theses. An “indulgence” at that time was sold as a method to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins after death. According to Catholic belief, it may reduce the punishments during the state or process of purification known as Purgatory, before entering the joy of heaven.

Alexandre Dumas describes that under the pontificate of Leo X, “Christianity assumed a pagan character, which passing from art into manners, gives to this epoch a strange complexion. Crimes for the moment disappeared, to give place to vices; but to charming vices, vices in good taste, such as those indulged in by Alcibiades and sung by Catullus.” Upon being becoming the pope, Leo X told his brother Giuliano, “Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.”

He lead an extravagant lifestyle that offended many including Martin Luther who was already critical of the sale of indulgences, and also some cardinals, who in collusion with Alfonso Petrucci of Siena, attempted to assassinate him. However, Pope Leo X quickly discovered the identity of the conspirators and had them followed. Somehow in the process, the conspirators died of food poisoning. In hindsight, some people have argued that Pope Leo X and his followers most likely fabricated the charges, attempting to extort fines from the various wealthy cardinals that Leo X detested.

 

Pope Alexander VI – Foremost in Libertinism & Nepotism

Pope Alexander VI

Alexander VI ascended the papal throne in 1492 CE until 1503 CE. He would come to be known as one of the most controversial popes of the Renaissance period. His notoriety was partly due to the fact that he openly acknowledged fathering several children with his mistresses. In fact, his Italianised Valencian family name, Borgia, became synonymous with libertinism and nepotism. This is exactly what characterised his rule as the pontiff. It seems that his love of excess inspired two of his successors: the controversial pontiffs Sixtus V and Urban VIII, who both described him as one of the most outstanding popes since St. Peter.

Upon his death, his remains were laid in state for the clergy and people of Rome to pay their last respects. However, his remains were covered with an old tapestry as they had become greatly disfigured due to rapid decomposition. Raphael Volterrano wrote, “It was a revolting scene to look at that deformed, blackened corpse, prodigiously swelled, and exhaling an infectious smell; his lips and nose were covered with brown drivel, his mouth was opened very widely, and his tongue, inflated by poison, fell out upon his chin; therefore no fanatic or devotee dared to kiss his feet or hands, as custom would have required.” The Venetian ambassador said that his remains were “the ugliest, most monstrous and horrible dead body that was ever seen, without any form or likeness of humanity”. However, Ludwig von Pastor explained that the decomposition was “perfectly natural” due to the summer heat.

It was said that the unusual level of decomposition was due to accidental poisoning by his son, Cesare, through the use of cantarella. It was said that they had prepared the poison to eliminate Cardinal Adriano, however Pope Alexander VI was accidentally killed instead. However, some commentaries reject these stories in favour of the official statement, that the pope’s death was due to malaria or another one of the deadly illnesses prevalent in Rome at that time.

 

Pope Innocent IV – Sanctioned Torture as an Instrument of the Inquisition

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Innocent IV was pope from 1243 CE to 1254 CE. The Inquisition was formed during the reign of his predecessor Pope Gregory IX, and this period represents the darkest history of the Roman Catholic Church. During the Inquisition, it was Pope Innocent IV who approved the use of torture to extract confessions of heresy. This was a move which took the Inquisition to new and deadlier heights.

Pope Innocent IV thought of himself as the Vicar of Christ, and that his power was above all earthly kings and princes. Therefore, he forcefully applied the principle that ‘the end justifies the means’ in his decrees. It was his papal approval of torture as a means to extract confessions that brought about the shocking use of cruel and deranged instruments that inflicted suffering on so many innocent people.

Amongst the most famous people to suffer at the hands of the Roman Inquisition was Galileo. The Church condemned Galileo for claiming that the earth revolved around the sun as his radical new ideas challenged their existing views.

 

Pope Urban VI – The Angry Pope

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Urban VI ascended the papal throne from 1378 CE to 1389 CE. He was the first pope during the period of the Western Schism, which was a period of struggle for power that lead to three claimants to the papal throne at the same time.

Upon coming to power, Pope Urban VI was seen to be prone to violent outbursts of rage and was considered arrogant. Consequently, the cardinals who elected him had a change of heart and they decided that it was a wrong decision to elect him. They felt they had acted rashly due to pressure from the Roman mob that demanded a Roman Pope to be elected instead of another French pope at Avignon. French Cardinals invited him to a meeting but he didn’t turn up as he felt that it was a danger to his life and so, they seized the opportunity to denounce him and elected a new pope in his place.

The new pope went by the name of Clement VII and started a second papal court in Avignon, France. Clement VII became the second claimant to the papal throne. This provoked Pope Urban IV and he conceived of new programs of violence and atrocity against those he suspected were conspiring against him. He imprisoned people at whim and tortured them brutally to extract information or confessions. Many of his contemporaries and historians considered him to be insane for his bouts of rage.

The enthronement of the new pope threw the Church into turmoil. As a result, there arose anti-pope factions and also those that favoured either side of the rival claimants to the papacy. This conflict escalated from a problem within the Church into a huge diplomatic crisis that divided Western Europe itself. Secular monarchs at that time had to choose which pope they would hold their allegiance to. Pope Urban IV passed away in 1388 due to injuries after falling from a mule, but his death was not without rumours of poisoning. He was succeeded by Pope Boniface IX who continued the struggle against the French claimant to the papal throne.

The Western schism would only be solved forty years later when all three of the reigning claimants to the papal throne abdicated together, and a successor was elected , Pope Martin V.
Pope John XV

Pope John XV – Merchant Pope who Ran the Papal Office Like a Family Business

John XV was pope from 985 CE to 996 CE. This pope like many others before him had a strong reputation for corruption and nepotism that made him highly unpopular with the Roman citizens. His decrees split the Church’s coffers, mainly between his own relatives, and he was described as “covetous of filthy lucre and corrupt in all his acts.”

 

Pope Clement VII – Brought War to Rome

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Clement VII arose as pope from 1523 CE to 1534 CE. He was the heir to the powerful Medici family and thus, Clement VII was trained to have great political and diplomatic skills. However, he was far removed from the undercurrents of his time that were necessary to deal with the political and religious upheaval that he faced. His diplomatic relationship with Roman Emperor Charles V degenerated to the point that he invaded and sacked the Papal States in May 1527.

Pope Clement VII was defeated, held prisoner, and forced into a humiliating position which forced him to renounce a great deal of secular and religious power. Pope Clement never recovered from his defeat and humiliation. He became severely ill and died in 1534 as a pope that was hated by the Romans for the destruction of the city.

 

Pope Joan: The Legendary Female Pope

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According to popular legend, Pope Joan was a woman who reigned as pope for several years during the Middle Ages. This is in spite of the Roman Catholic clergy being entirely a male dominated establishment. Her story became widespread all over Europe, and was considered a real account for centuries but most modern scholars and historians consider it to be a fictional account.

There are several versions of her life story but most versions maintain that she was a precocious and learned woman who disguised herself as a man, and in some accounts at the behest of a male lover. In the most common accounts, she rose through the Church hierarchy due to her intelligence and political astuteness, eventually being elected as the pope without anyone knowing any better. Unfortunately, her sex was finally revealed when she gave birth during a procession, and she died shortly thereafter. In one account her death was due to murder, and in another, due to natural causes. Accounts maintain that later church processions bypassed this spot, and that the Vatican removed the female pope from its papal history. It is said that this incident caused the Church to develop a ritual to ensure that future popes were male.

The legend held such sway that in the 16th century, Siena Cathedral featured a bust of Joan amongst other male pontiffs but it was removed due to severe protests. The first chronicle of Pope Joan was written by Jean de Mailly around 1250 and it contains the name of this female pope. This would inspire several accounts that would be written in the subsequent years thereafter. However, the most popular and influential version of this female pope would arise in the work of Martin of Opava entitled Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum. In his work, Martin introduced details like the female pope’s birth name as John Anglicus of Mainz along with details such as the time of her reign in the 9th century, and that she entered the Church in order to follow her lover.

Right up to the 16th century, this legend was universally accepted as true until debate arose amongst both Catholic and Protestant scholars that brought the story into the spotlight. Many scholars of that period noted the inexplicably long gap between Joan’s lifetime and her first appearance in texts. Consequently, Pope Joan is now widely accepted to be fictional character although the legend remains influential in art, literature, drama, and film.

This statue still stands in Rome of Pope Joan with a papal crown

This statue still stands in Rome of Pope Joan with a papal crown

 

Pope Joan the Woman Pope

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Pope Joan – movie trailer (2009)

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Conclusion

The stories of these popes are based on accounts that were recorded down by various parties throughout history. These accounts may or may not have been biased against these religious leaders but they were certainly based on an inkling of truth. In conclusion, there are religious leaders that took political means to secure their power and there are religious leader who would flout centuries old practices in order to gain gratification. Whatever it is, their actions have far-reaching effects on the religious institution as a whole today. It is commendable that many adherents today would not look towards the actions of these few ‘wayward’ leaders and choose to maintain their faith. After all, faith is a personal experience with the divine.

[ Disclaimer: This article does not represent the Christian faith nor does it reflect the leadership of the Christian church. In fact, there were many popes throughout history that were saintly men who were greatly beneficial and inspirational to the Church and to many ordinary Christians out there. ]

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world. The history of Popes is very complex and long as religion is an integral part of human existence. Through the history of the Church , each of the Popes has an interesting lives stories. Such as Paul IV is best known for his horrific acts of anti-Semitism, Alexander VI who bought his way into the papacy and had a rollicking sex life and Benedict IX was a three-time pope described as “a demon from hell.” Interesting read of the Popes ‘s history.
    The world cannot have peace till countries and people begin to reduce their selfish desires for more. No religion preaches violence and we accept all religions as true. Religion should not be mixed with politics , when the two are mixed, the results are bound to be disastrous and will definitely cause political unrest, disharmony and so forth. , Religious leaders and political leaders should play a leading role in maintaining peace and harmony.
    Thank you, Pastor David, for this interesting article.

  2. Julia Tan on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The real saints will use their power and wealth influence people and benefits them but most of the people will use their power and influential to benefit themselves. Some people say this is human nature. No one we can actually trust.

    But first who allow these people to have power? Who allow these people to take control of our lives? Who allow ourselves to follow the evil blindly? We can also have a strong mind but commit in good, and practice compassion and wisdom. We don’t have to let others control our minds to so bad. We do not have to follow the evil deeds.

    We do have our karma to deal with but we are not animals, we can think. Which way to go, we decide. Why religion can control the worshipers’ mind? Only if u let them.

  3. nicholas on Feb 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Religion or spirituality is supposed to help us to be a better person. But when people take advantage using religion/spirituality for their greed and desire, that’s where it turn the good to bad. Coming to think about it, why people use religion to control people, personally I believe that spirituality has shown how it able to bring one to a live their life in a right way, to achieve happiness and peace. The spiritual leader is the key to guide the people to achieve it and people respect, believe and had much hope towards the spiritual guide.

    The power hunger people see this and look at it as an opportunity to use spirituality to conquer the people’s mind and faith. This how bad it can be when spirituality being use in politics and the result will only be negative.

    Bottom line, spiritual can never mix with politic. Spirituality is to guide us to liberate from suffering eventually and not add more attachment into our daily life. A great leader should respect spirituality and give peace and freedom for their practices. Should never mix spirituality in any of political agenda. Encourage their people to be a better person through spirituality practice and give back to the society through social program to benefit more people regardless of any religions. Respect is the way to achieve harmony and peace.

  4. Pastor Chia on Feb 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Religion is powerful tool use by human to subdue people mind to follow their wish by using the god name. From the pass history of religion, people has misuse the truth meaning of religion name to control people. This is totally opposite having the religion purpose to seek for refuge and protection.

    Spiritul leader around the world should alway teach the truth meaning of religion, create harmony and compassion around them who follow the same path and bring peace for the world.

  5. June Kang on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Religion can be a way for people to seek reassurance, refuge, calm and peace of mind in the face of life’s danger and unpredictability. In this regards, some leaders will take this opportunity to use religion as a tool to control their people for their own benefit. World peace is when leaders use religion as a tool to benefit everyone and to bring peace and happiness to everyone..

  6. Mingwen on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Being a leader in any field, this individual should, must have gain trust from the others & consider able to lead the group to a better condition. For a newbie, he/she would make mistakes & wrong decisions at times, but all these failures will transform into experience & ultimately wisdom.

    If a leader always think to benefit his/her group of people, he/she will definetely become a good leader. If he/she place personal gains as priority, then he/she do not deserve to be a leader & respected.

  7. Tek Lee on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:44 am

    It is really shame to see that how human mind think and how they behave, even from ancient time until now. Religion is just a title given by human. What the teaching inside is the real essence to our practice. But human beings abused it. They made rules using the name of religions. They put pressure on their people using the name of religions. This is just no difference from what CTA is doing. They manipulate their people using the name of religion, until all their people are afraid of Dorje Shugden even by just hearing his name. Discriminate and segregate Dorje Shugden practitioners just because their leader say so. Surprisingly this kind of thinking is handed down until now. Modern era, where people mind and thinking should be more open. Sadly, it is not.

  8. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Humans created the word religion. Some of these humans use religion to invade and take control of other countries and the people; to be in power and to make money from it. These opportunists use whatever excuses to shift their weaknesses and ill gains from themselves to other people and circumstances, some even blame them on their gods when they got caught. When things go right, they praise their gods, to reaffirm other people’s faith so that they may continue to milk the followers of their money and have control over their mind. All in the name of religion. As long as humans mind do not improve, religion will remain as one of the main tools in politics.

  9. Justin Cheah on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 am

    It’s scary to see how people buy into these so called “leaders” and their distorted propagandas even in cases where it’s very clear cut such as what Is happening in these modern days such as the Tibetan leadership. People need to wake up from their blind faith and start analysing what is right and wrong and not following them blindly.

  10. Andrea Lai on Feb 26, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Regardless of any faiths or believes, religion thought us to be a better, helpful and compassionate. This article, gives me a similar thought of the Tibetan government in exile which uses religion to control and eventually lead to politics and corruption. Religion is also personal freedom choices for any races or genitals. Truly sad, sexism had been generated since then or before the time but such discrimination still going on until today. Without women, will there’s productivity of mankind in this world? ?

  11. Vivian Ong on Feb 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    What I can summarize after reading this article is that the Popes are misusing their rights as a leader of certain churches. This is not the right attitude of a spiritual leader in any religion. A spiritual leader should be busy spreading the teachings and not get into worldly affair like politics, war and etc. I think both female and male should be given the equal chance to be spiritual leader if they are capable.

  12. pammie yap on Feb 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    It’s sad to know that some religions use their power and create so many problems. Religion shouldn’t be forced upon and those who do not obey suffer the consequences.
    Because of Dorje Shugden’s ban, CTA created discrimination, segregation, Tibetans forced to obey or shunned upon. Spirituality is a personal journey. It should not be something that someone tell you to do and you must do it. One cannot just follow blindly without learning or understanding the logic. Always check and learn before having wrong views on anything.
    Learn more about Dorje Shugden’s unjust ban here https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html

  13. Datuk May on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Reading this very interesting article made me think of a phrase which goes like this IT IS THE SINGER NOT THE SONG. In these instances of wayward popes, it was only the position that did wrong and not the Catholic doctrine. Having said that and to support what came to my mind, if the Pope was upright and outstanding then the Catholic doctrine is well taught.

    It is my opinion that all religions teach people to be good, kind and compassionate. However, for those awkward persons who rose to the highest level of the rank of the religions, it is not nice to indulge in ways that go against the tenets of the religions of “goodness”.

    Although this article is based on the Catholic church, it cannot be doubted that people of such unbecoming nature exists in other religions. This is the cause where religions can become fanatical and do no good.

    In conclusion what I have noticed is that whatever these religious leaders had done harmfully to the tenets of the religious doctrines, the religions survive due to the “goodness” they teach.

  14. Anne Ong on Jul 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Really interesting article,Pastor David. What caught my attention and interest was this female Pope. Never knew or expected there to be one. Very interesting history about Pope joan. Impressive! Thank you Pastor David for this nice write up 🙂

  15. wan wai meng on Jun 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    The leader of any faith, can either benefit many beings or hurt their devotees. Like how Spiderman says it, with great power comes great responsibilities. I feel that for any devotees of any faith one must know, the thinking and rationale behind it, so if people order us to do something not appropriate we can think for ourselves what is beneficial and what is not.

  16. Stella Cheang on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you, Pastor David, for this informative article that opens our eyes to the history and line of successions of the Catholic faith. I am not qualified to comment on the faith of others. Therefore, we can take it as learning. We must take note of the particular set of actions/leadership/decrees that had caused adverse consequences; hence we must make a mental note to avoid or look out for it.

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  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Dec 8. 2021 08:53 PM
    Thanks for the powerful poem sharing which means the true process of a life full of wisdom and also a reminder. A life course is the period from birth to death, each phase comes with different responsibilities and expectations, which of course vary by individual and culture.

    A meaningful life isn’t found, but created through our actions. And it starts with looking for ways to help others.

    https://bit.ly/3EAQQ4Z
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Dec 7. 2021 10:09 PM
    Thanks for sharing these mind blowing facts !
    Actually, these interesting facts broadens our knowledge and the more things we are exposed to, it benefits us and others. I mean, who would have thought a fun roller coaster ride can actually leads to blood clot .. Also, all these while I really thought money was made from papers but turns out to be cotton.

    https://bit.ly/302JNDn
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Dec 6. 2021 10:52 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing on the tradition of worshipping, the White Old Man exists in many cultures and faiths. He is believed to be a powerful deity and popular among Mongolian culture who bestows many benefits and protection. I’m impressed to know that he is able to heal people even when he is performing his Cham dance and also he have many forms of appearances towards his devotees.

    https://bit.ly/3lH8kFx
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Dec 4. 2021 02:07 PM
    Clear and details explanation all about the significance of doing. To invoke the blessing of a Buddha we do prayers or puja to those who needed help. It is a kind of compassion expression helping people facing problems in life, clear obstacles, suffering, illness and so forth. Reading these post ,gives us a deeper meaning to pujas . Doing with a right motivation will be more effective. Puja is something very powerful and beneficial in long run. We are very fortunate to learn, practice doing puja from Rinpoche teachings.
    Thanks you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Dec 4. 2021 02:02 PM
    The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Pastor did manage it well even though having served Rinpoche 24 hours yet he managed to write this wonderful book. Its a compilation of Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings throughout the years. Inspiring and meaningfully for us to ponder.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/time-to-wake-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Dec 4. 2021 02:00 PM
    Revisit post again to understand better. Beautiful guidelines for all of us whether beginners or senior students by Venerable Acharya Kyabje Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. We are fortunate to have such a compassionate and genuine teacher whom has a vast knowledge of the Buddhadharma explaining clear and details guidelines. All I could say it helps me much better in understanding better and still learning. Those guideline is very simple to read, understand and contemplate. Interesting read of the precious guidelines and the biography of a great Lama’s spiritual journey from Tibet to where he is now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/guidelines-for-students.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 02:58 PM
    Amazing discovery of this sacred White Tara statue by Supriyono at a village in East Java Province Indoniasia. After having dreamt of a bluish-red dragon diving into an old well, he decided to look for it. He located the old well and found a beautiful White Tara statue,coins, and golden stones from the Majapahit Empire . Soon it ended with the antique collector Johan Yan his fellow Indonesians. Johan Yan photographed the White Tara statue from various angles, viewed the photos saw that the statue’s eyes, which were originally closed, had opened and were glancing to the side. Wow amazing. Arrangements were made to bless the White Tara statue by two Buddhist masters Bhutanese oracle Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje, and Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer, the founder and President of the Bodhivastu Foundation in the United States. Miracles appeared from the midst of the blessing event. After the blessing ended, H.E. Druk Chokyong Tsimar Rinpoche, suddenly prostrated to the image of Tara. A secret mantra was behind the back only seen certain High Lama, kept close for two years, and to be revealed by tertons. These hidden teachings are to be revealed for the benefit of sentient beings when time is right. The 800-year-old statue made from copper and gold and is greenish in colour, decorated with golden ornaments is now well-preserved in the Mahanandi Museum.
    JohanYan hopes that the miraculous phenomena of the White Tara statue will encourage his fellow Indonesians to preserve items of cultural heritage. That’s wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this post

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-white-tara-of-the-majapahit-empire.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 02:57 PM
    The Richat Structure in Mauritania has also been proposed as the site of Atlantis. This structure is considered to be a deeply eroded domal structure. The Richat Structure of Mauritania has captured the attention of astronauts for further research. The Richat Structure resembles an impact crater, formed when a volcanic dome hardened and gradually eroded, exposing the onion-like layers of rock. That’s amazing how it was formed. Researchers do believe that the Richat structure was caused by process of geological uplift followed by erosion from wind and water. More logical indeed . Looking at those pictures tells all, it has concentric bands of resistant quartzite rocks which form the ridges. Erosion region began to settle down and collapse in on itself, creating the roughly circular eye feature. Through the eyes of astronauts on-board when seen from far is eye-popping…….a fascinating circular structure. Interesting read of how theories regarding the possible location of Atlantis .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this amazing sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/atlantis-the-richat-structure.html
  • Sarassitham
    Thursday, Dec 2. 2021 12:27 AM
    Malas have been used in so many different spiritual traditions for so long because these beads have great spiritual meaning, which makes them an important piece of mindful meditation. Malas has many powerful benefits and helps to create a divine connection between heart and mind. At the same time, it helps the mind stay focused and present in the moment.

    It’s good to note that you don’t have to be religious to wear or use a mala. It is important though to understand its use and respect its significance. We need to have faith and just keep on holding the vows and have strong affinity to practice dharma, no matter what.

    Thank you for this valuable information sharing, I am very fond of the mala, and I would love to keep using it.

    https://bit.ly/3okl7zH
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Dec 1. 2021 12:27 AM
    Mother nature has always done good to us. They have provided shelter for the living things and non living, any kind of disturbance to nature will shake its equilibrium.

    It is pivotal, to take good care of those who lives at trees as they too have feelings. One need to respect the feelings whomever that is living in trees, since this ensures everyone to live happily without any disturbance.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:45 AM
    Very clear precious teachings for us to practice this powerful Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Been explained in a clearly and creative way so everyone of us could understand and put into practice. The correct way to visualize plays an important part in our prayers. We are truly fortunate to have this powerful practice so as to transform our mind and lives meaningfully. It is very beneficial for us to do Guru Yoga prayer in daily Sadhana with the correct visualization. It can help us to calm our mind, good memory, less stressful and so forth. We gain clarity, we gain sharpness of the mind.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:43 AM
    Well said in Dharma the-battle-is-a-good-sign by Rinpoche. A profound teachings in this post. We have to accept , be true to ourselves , never blame others for our failure. In life whatever it is there is no short cut we have to learn from the hard way. We learn through mistakes to gain knowledge what is right or wrong. Hence our teacher taught us in away so as we could learn something new. Learning, practicing Dharma and putting into action is the best choice. Instead of running away, we should take more responsibilities, do more Dharma, engage in more Dharma, nor matter what happened. At the end of the day, we gain knowledge, merits, nothing to lose where we could benefits others. Our wisdom, clear mind is arising, our mind becoming better and seeing things better in long run. We are fortunate having Rinpoche giving us precious teachings on line. It has since benefitted many people around the world.
    Meaningful quotes by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo , well explained by Rinpoche for us all to have a good thought.
    Only we ourselves can change our mindset and situation , not to blame others to make the change.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-battle-is-a-good-sign
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 30. 2021 11:42 AM
    Very precious teachings indeed, reading it again to refresh myself . A teaching of how our mind works and determines our next reincarnation after our death in this current life . Great teachings relating to the mind as been explained for us to understand better. To achieve real happiness , we have to clear obstacles, delusions in our minds. By doing Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice in our prayers help us to transform our minds. Choosing to learn Dharma , practice and putting into actions has benefited many more across the world from Rinpoche’s teachings online. Learning as much Dharma as we could to transform our body, our speech, our mind . Whatever we do to transform our mind we create becomes a source of happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful precious teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-lama-tsongkhapa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Nov 29. 2021 05:57 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing. I was quite insightful has I get to know more about shadow people.

    I guess one should have a strong will to face challenges given by such people. However we should also have faith in God and follow our spiritual practices diligently, as it helps to protect ourselves.

    https://bit.ly/3xzSVvi
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Nov 28. 2021 01:43 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for working tireless coming up with these fantastic videos, where we could learn, practice from there. All these videos are Dharma teachings, so that people from all around the world can learn and practice. Very beneficial practice simple and quite details. More people get to understand about Dorje Shugden, other Dharma teachings and all misconceptions about Dorje Shugden true nature. A good platform for people to learn Dharma teachings. It has brought tremendous benefit to many people around the world. I am one of them ,listening to all Rinpoche ‘s videos, reading to have more knowledge and learning and practicing from scratch.
    Thank you Rinpoche again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html

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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 weeks ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 weeks ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
7 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
7 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
10 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
10 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
1 years ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 yearss ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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