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  • The gift of prophecy

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 61, 1-2.10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28 The existential restlessness that has always characterised humanity – and that in this present time marks all aspects of life – can easily take hold of us and...

  • Why go to Church?

    Why go to Church?

    For various reasons a growing number of people in Malta and Gozo have made the decision of not bothering going to church on a Sunday. Census after census adamantly show a steady decline in church attendance. The pivotal question that should be...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, taking place in Vienna, Pope Francis said: “The humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are predictable and planetary. “While the focus is often placed on nuclear...

  • Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

    Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said yesterday. The request was declined “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation”...

  • God’s alternative agenda

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 40, 1-5.9-11; 2 Peter 3, 8-14; Mark 1, 1-8 Today’s Scriptures speak about the need in life to cross the desert and to let the desert teach us. The desert reminds us of the need to let go of all that is incomplete and...

  • A new financial system

    A new financial system

    Around 20 economists from all over the world held two days of sober and reflective debate at the offices of CITI in the Docklands in Dublin to contribute with their research and ideas to the design of ethical finance and a financial reform...

  • Quotes and news

    In a joint declaration, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bar­tholomew I of Constantinople said: “We support the theological dialogue promoted by the Joint International Commission, instituted 35 years ago by the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios...

  • Projecting redemption

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 63, 16-17. 64, 1.3-8; 1 Corinthians 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37. Starting a new liturgical year should gear us up to new perspectives and new strategies. It is Mark’s gospel that will be our focus throughout this year, and...

  • The Catholic school in a missionary Church

    The Catholic school in a missionary Church

    “Europe is suffering from a deforestation of its Christian memory”, in the view of Mgr Donal McKeown, Catholic bishop of Derry in Ireland. He was talking at a conference entitled ‘The Catholic school in a missionary Church’, organised by Discern,...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Tuesday, Pope Francis paid a four-hour visit to Strasbourg where he delivered two major speeches to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe assembly. The following quotes from his speech to the European Parliament. Individual rights...

  • God’s future

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 34, 11-12.15-17; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26.28; Matthew 25, 31-46. Today’s celebration of Christ the King is an opportunity for us to realise the gigantic leaps we as believers have been through in the way we think our faith.

  • Sowing the whirlwind

    Sowing the whirlwind

    In 1926, G. K. Chesterton prophesied the next heresy when he wrote: “For the next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality: and especially on sexual morality. And it is coming, not from a few Socialists surviving from the Fabian...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to the World Congress of Accountants, Pope Francis said: “Always place man and his dignity at the centre. It is not enough to give concrete answers to economic and material questions; it is necessary to promote and cultivate the...

  • The risk of faith

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 31, 10-13. 19-20. 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-30. In the second reading from 1Thessalonians, St Paul is addressing a people whose false expectations of an imminent coming of the Lord led to passivity.

  • Customised solutions

    Customised solutions

    Our ‘live now’ philosophy tends to become completely disengaged from a vibrant Christian faith that invites us to contemplate life beyond. Yet Christ challenges us to “first seek the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all things shall be...

  • Quotes and news

    A college of seven cardinals and bishops, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been set up by Pope Francis to judge cases involving “sexual abuse of minors and certain serious abuses associated with the...

  • Vatican issues staff with a financial ethics guidebook

    Vatican issues staff with a financial ethics guidebook

    The Vatican has issued staff with a manual on economic ethics and accountability, as part of Pope Francis’s effort to clean up the Holy See’s finances after a rash of scandals. The 45-page Financial Management Policies was sent to all Vatican...

  • Pope planning Turin Shroud visit next year

    The Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, will go back on public display next year. Pope Francis said he will go to the northern Italian city on June 21 to view the 14-foot cloth which is kept in a climate-controlled case...

  • Argentine paedophile priest excommunicated

    Pope Francis has excommunicated a paedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical abuse. Jose Mercau was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 after admitting to sexually abusing four teenagers. He spent 15...

  • A wise life

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 6, 12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4, 13-18; Matthew 25, 1-13. It is always worth asking whether faith has a future. Towards the end of each liturgical year, the concept of the future and the issue of the end of time surface and...

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