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Religion

  • Seeing is understanding

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Ephesians 5, 8-14; John 9, 1-41. Today’s gospel narrative of the healing of the man born blind is an animated catechesis of the way the primitive Church proclaimed Christ as light of the world. This man...

  • Thank God for Franceso!

    Thank God for Franceso!

    Monday, March 13, 2013, was a historic date for the Catholic Church, for Christianity and for the world. On that day, only few knew Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s mettle. There were those who saw in him a Pope who would move the Church into a...

  • Quotes and news

    Josef Mayr-Nusser (1910-45), an Italian who had refused to take the oath of loyalty to Hitler was beatified as a martyr at the cathedral in Bolzano. The celebration was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the...

  • Effective ministry

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 3-7; Romans 5, 1-2.5-8; John 4, 5-42. “How am I to deal with this people?”, Moses asked the Lord when faced with the complaints of his people annoyed and frustrated by all that the desert offered them after their...

  • A pastor’s concerns

    A pastor’s concerns

    Next Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the demise of Archbishop Emeritus Mgr Joseph Mercieca, who led the Archdiocese of Malta for 30 years from 1976 to 2006. Remembrance of Mgr Mercieca automatically calls to mind his profound pastoral...

  • Quotes and news

    Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, said that “the fullness of women’s participation in the Church has not yet arrived”. According to the National Catholic Reporter, Fr Sosa was speaking at the annual Voices of Faith...

  • The beauty within

    Today’s readings: Genesis 12, 1-4; 2 Timothy 1, 8-10; Matthew 17, 1-9. The word of God to Abraham to “leave your country, your family and your father’s house for the land I will show you” is also today being addressed to us all to dream of a...

  • Marriage undermined

    Marriage undermined

    As was to be expected, Malta is about to legalise same-sex marriage. Within only a few years, tra­di­tional marriage has been hollowed out of any meaning wha­t­soever. It all started with divorce legislation, which the LGBT lobby canvassed for so...

  • Quotes and news

    In a pastoral letter, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster wrote: “For the next six months, I ask you all to focus on one particular corporal work of mercy: caring for the sick. Caring for the sick is a daily, practical expression of the mercy...

  • Braving danger

    Today’s readings: Genesis 2, 7-9; 3, 1-7; Romans 5, 12-19; Matthew 4, 1-11. Post-modernity has seriously questioned the validity of grand narratives, such as the one of the Garden of Eden in today’s first reading, as narratives are still able to...

  • Is reality made to measure?

    Is reality made to measure?

    Even if I am no scientist, I must confess a hidden love affair with science. It fascinates me. Lately I’ve come across the following statement: in the area of Quantum Physics “reality doesn’t exist until we measure it” (Science Daily, May 2015). I...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis, addressing the 29 members of the French bishops’ Catholic Delegation for Cooperation, said: “Do not be afraid to walk the paths of fraternity and to build bridges between people and between peoples, in a world where so many walls are...

  • Soul-full life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4, 1-5; Matthew 6, 24-34. Very often we cherish nostalgic feelings about times past when life was more serene, less hectic, and perhaps more rewarding. Let us leave aside whether life was actually...

  • Love and compassion surpass toxic rigidity

    Love and compassion  surpass toxic rigidity

    It comes as no surprise that the recent guidelines issued by our local bishops, undoubtedly a conscientious task to clarify Chapter eight of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia dealing with divorced and remarried Catholics, have stirred the ire of...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis in his message for Lent 2017said: “Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognising their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but...

  • Making changes

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 19, 1-2.17-18; 1 Cor. 3, 16-23; Matt. 5, 35-48. The debate under way these days on justice versus mercy and compassion versus order reveals a deeper schism within the Church on the very nature of the Christian community...

  • Let us expect more

    Let us expect more

    A community or a nation is not simply the sum of its members, and it is surely not the sum of its leaders. So what is a community? What makes a nation? One reply might be: the sum of the attitudes or actions of love and justice of all of its...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has condemned the British government for deciding to scale down its child refugee scheme. He said the decision was both “regrettable” and “worrying”. It had been planned that under the scheme 3,000 child...

  • Creative fidelity

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 15, 16-21; 1 Corinthians 2, 6-10; Matt 5, 17-37. One of the major issues facing institutions, including religion, in modern times is the tension between tradition and innovation. This tension has characterised...

  • Values and politicians

    Values and politicians

    In the Times of Malta of December 27, 2016, Kurt Sansone reported that Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo was lamenting that Christian politicians are being ostracised in the two major political parties. Sansone quoted him as saying “if Christians try...

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