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Religion

  • Change of heart

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 31-34; Hebrews 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33. The Greek converts who wanted to see Jesus as reported in John’s gospel mark an important turn in the ministry of Jesus which from here starts heading towards his crucifixion.

  • Buon camino!

    Buon camino!

    I’d like to share with you a reflection written by a Jesuit novice, Arnold. At least two times in our lives we Jesuits undertake the Spiritual Exercises, a month-long retreat. This seems an impossible task, however it is a life-changing encounter...

  • Quotes and news

    The report penned by Archbishop Charles Scicluna investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Keith O’Brien is on the Pope’s desk, according to a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Pope Francis had...

  • Spiritual deportation

    Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 36,14-16.19-23; Ephesians 2,4-10; John 3,14-21. Infantile faith is the worst enemy of spiritual maturity. It happens that with many of us, there is little or no difference between how we imagined God looking upon us...

  • Ecumenism of blood

    Ecumenism of blood

    In 1986, Fr Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, the future Pope Francis, went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. During his stay in Germany, he went to Hamburg to celebrate a baptism. The parish priest of the church in Hamburg Fr Bergoglio went to...

  • Quotes and news

    The 2011 English translation of the Missal was described by renowned Jesuit theologian Gerald O’Collins as “clunky and Latinised”. Fr O’Collins SJ, who holds eight doctorates in theology, in a letter sent to The Tablet, urged Catholics to act...

  • Jesus, a deconstructionist

    Today’s readings: Exodus 20, 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1, 22-25; John 2, 13-25. There are constitutive moments or experiences in every religion that mark its identity or foundation. The Exodus account today of the Mosaic law given to God’s people can be...

  • On barbers and showers

    On barbers and showers

    If there is an iconic image of the Vatican, it is definitely Bernini’s awesome colonnade in front of St Peter’s Basilica. This was perhaps Pope Alexander VII’s biggest and most daring commission. Alexander became Pope at the end of the Thirty...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to the prelates of the regional episcopal conference of North Africa, which encompasses the dioceses of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, Pope Francis said: “For several years your region has been experiencing significant changes,...

  • Vulnerable to God’s love

    Today’s readings: Genesis 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Romans 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10. In today’s readings we have two different stories on two different mountains of two different manifestations of the divine. We normally interpret Abraham’s experience in...

  • Faith interfaces with science

    Faith interfaces with science

    The recent issue of three-parent babies in the UK has again brought to the fore the science-faith debate. The Anglican and Catholic Chur­ches both voiced concerns about this scientific possibility. But should they have spoken or should they have...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, the Philippines, has called for the removal of the country’s President Benigno Aquino III. He said the President is not entitled to hold onto his post because of what he has done and failed to do. The...

  • Who is your God?

    Today’s readings: Genesis 9, 8-15; 1 Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15. We always thought God is a mystery, and from catechism lessons to theo­logy classes that was the constant teaching we received. But is it true, strictly speaking? God is not a...

  • Was Jesus Charlie?

    Was Jesus Charlie?

    In Malta, the name Charlie is quite familiar. Yesterday’s bus conductors, today’s irritated car drivers, even the burly bartender in a traditional każin, all find the name convenient. It is our Maltese way of conferring familiarity onto an...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking during the presentation of the book Pope Francis: This Economy Kills by Italian journalists Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, said: “The economy is...

  • Restoring dignity

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 13, 1-2.45-46; 1 Corinthians 10, 31 - 11, 1; Mark 1, 40-45. The purity regulations laid down in Leviticus regarding leprosy were the prevailing purity code meant to protect the community from a contagious disease but...

  • The Church of Pope Francis

    The Church of Pope Francis

    Few doubt that Pope Francis is different from his two immediate predecessors. His unexpected style took everybody by surprise the very first moment he greeted the crowd as Pope with a “Buona sera.” However, the difference in approach goes much...

  • Quotes and news

    At a general audiences on the family, Pope Francis said: “Children are the joy of family and society. They are not a problem of reproductive biology, or one of many ways to realise oneself in life, let alone their parents’ possession. Children are...

  • Cure of the soul

    Today’s readings: Job 7, 1-4.6-7; 1 Corinthians 9, 16-19.22-23; Mark 1, 29-39. Suffering is always an issue for all of us, whether one is a believer or not. It uncovers the truth of our human condition; it puts into question the meaning of life;...

  • Co-believers in the one God

    Co-believers in the one God

    Sadly, fundamentalism using the Muslim religion to legitimate violence has reared its ugly head in the horrendous actions of members of the Islamic State and of Boko Haram in Nigeria, as well as in the killings in Paris in January (clearly to be...

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