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Religion

  • In the public arena

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 45, 1.4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21. The relationship of Christians to the State is not reducible to the obligation of paying taxes although that is also a commitment, and tax evasion continues to be a...

  • The synod of bishops’ teaching

    The synod of bishops’ teaching

    No one doubts that when Pope Francis called an extraordinary synod of bishops to discuss the situation of the family, the Bishop of Rome took a very wise decision on very relevant issues faced by Catholics and non-Catholics. In this, Francis seems...

  • Quotes and news

    In his diary, eminent liturgist Fr Louis Bouyer had harsh words for Annibale Bugnini, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, responsible for implementing the liturgical reform of Vatican II. He described Bugnici as someone “as devoid of...

  • Vatican alters report on gay people

    Vatican alters report on gay people

    The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people. The alterations pointed to continued...

  • Universal love

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 25, 6-10; Phil. 4, 12-14. 19-20; Matt. 22, 1-14. The gospel parable from Matthew today sounds so fresh because it highlights a situation that to some extent characterises the times we are living also now. It speaks of...

  • Suffering and the economy

    Suffering and the economy

    ‘Poverty and Development: a Catholic Perspective’ was the title of a two-day conference held at the Jesuit University of Fordham in New York at the end of September. It was the second in a series of conferences organised by Centesimus Annus Pro...

  • Quotes and news

    In reaction to a decision of the US Supreme Court to allow gay marriages, Bishop Richard Malone and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said: “The Supreme Court’s decision not to take up any of the cases striking down state laws reflecting the...

  • Cultivating life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 5, 1-7; Philippians 4, 6-9; Matthew 21, 33-43. There is more general concern today for the spiritual sensibility of the individual which can also be translated in terms of care of the self. Caring for one’s self has...

  • Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap

    When it comes to marriage, sexuality and family life there is a gulf between what the Church teaches and what Catholics live. The Instrumentum Laboris, the document prepared as a basis for discussion in the first session of the synod on the family...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message entitled ‘Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love’, the Pontifical Council of Social Communications said: “Oftentimes cultural changes do not help us appreciate how much the family is a good for...

  • Inner tension

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 18, 25-28; Philippians 2, 1-11; Matt. 21, 28-32. Thomas Merton’s spiritual legacy offers an excellent diagnosis of the inner tension in personal development between one’s true and false self. This same diagnosis lends...

  • Solidarity tourism

    Solidarity tourism

    The Global Code of Ethics of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the organiser of the World Tourism Day (WTD), says tourism must be a beneficial activity for destination communities: “Local populations should be associated with tourism...

  • Quotes and news

    These quotes are from speeches Pope Francis delivered during his one-day visit to Albania last Sunday. Land of martyrs During Mass in Tirana: “Recalling the decades of atrocious suffering and harsh persecutions against Catholics, Orthodox and...

  • Taking the challenge

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 6-9; Philippians 1, 20-24.27; Mat 20, 1-16. The prophet Isaiah in the first reading is addressing the deported Jews on their return from exile. They were dreaming just of restoring things as they were before. This is...

  • The scourge of abortion

    The scourge of abortion

    Malta is sadly the only EU nation that still outlaws this heinous practice of abortion. What was once Christian Europe has now succumbed to the wave of pragmatic secularism. Thankfully, public opinion in Malta is still opposed to the ‘culture of...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent observer at the UN in Geneva, acknowledged that tragedies such as the “massive kidnapping and sale of young girls” by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, or the 250,000 children forced into...

  • Deal for Bible ‘detective story’

    Deal for Bible ‘detective story’

    Scholars hope to uncover hidden Bible secrets after raising funds to secure the future of an early New Testament manuscript. The Codex Zacynthius is regarded as an important text in studying the development of the New Testament as it features an...

  • The power of intercession

    Today’s readings: Numbers 21, 4-9; Philippians 2, 6-11; John 3, 13-17. In his book The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran writes: “Some of you say that love and joy are greater than sorrow, and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater’. But I say unto you,...

  • ‘I was in need of love’ – clerical abuser

    ‘I was in need of love’ – clerical abuser

    Abuse is abuse. Period. It is a fact – a horrible, destructive, irreversible fact in the life of many, too many! Abuse wounds so many of us, indeed all of us – a deep, unmeasurable wound that rips apart the human psyche and pierces the spirit. The...

  • Quotes and news

    The most important French Muslim leaders have jointly issued an un­equivocal and strong condemnation of the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians. The statement known as the ‘Paris appeal’ has been approved at the Grand Mosque in Paris. The...

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