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Religion

  • 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...

  • The culture of mercy

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 33, 7-9; Romans 13, 8-10; Matthew 18, 15-20. Rules are normally taken to be codices and laws that need to be respected and observed for the sake of order. Every institution has its own rules and this is how even the...

  • Lest we forget

    Lest we forget

    “The Church is in crisis!” This sentence has become a buzz phrase lately. But what is the ‘Church’? When people talk about a “leadership vacuum” and “officials past their sell-by date”, I imagine that most are talking about the Church as an...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said: “Along with the bishops of Scotland, who are deeply conscious of the importance of this referendum, I encourage and urge all those eligible to vote to do so with complete freedom of choice and in...

  • Internal turmoil

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20,7-9; Romans 12,1-2; Matthew 16, 21-27. Living up to one’s faith commitment is no joke and not at all easy. In times and contexts when being Christian was almost a cultural phenomenon, the demands mostly highlighted...

  • Guarding our heart

    Guarding our heart

    Christianity is no soap opera. It is a call for each one of us to yield to a grace that transforms. We are not transformed by a dose of profound theological dogma, or by the intense studies of sociologists or the wisdom of philosophers. Neither...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic church in Iraq said: “Iraqi Christians, along with other minorities, have received a fatal blow at the core of their lives and existence, whether through displacing more than 100,000...

  • Refocusing

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 22,19-23; Romans 11,33-36; Matthew 16,13-20. With Waiting for Godot, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett in the 1950s put in a nutshell the emotional culmination of four centuries of European culture. In his book Something There.

  • When the statues go marching in

    When the statues go marching in

    In a month’s time, the festa season will practically be over. All the statues would have marched in. I wonder whether the saints, metaphorically speaking, were ever out. I am sure they are ashamed of most what is done on the occasions whose...

  • Quotes and news

    Today’s quotes and taken from speeches Pope Francis give during his visit to South Korea last week. Guardians of hope Addressing the bishops of South Korea, the Pope said: “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are...

  • A different base

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 56, 1.6-7; Romans 11, 13-15.29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28. Jesus commending in today’s gospel a Canaanite woman for her “great faith” contrasts heavily with his rebuke of Peter in last week’s gospel for being a “man of little...

  • Better light a candle...

    Better light a candle...

    Every summer, many young people decide to dedicate one month of their holidays to do voluntary work in Malta or abroad. Others, because of leave or other restrictions, take up a commitment once or twice a week and keep it throughout the year. As...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican officials’ feathers have been ruffled by what they consider excessive signs of greeting during the giving of the peace at Mass. So the Congregation for Divine Worship asked bishops to push for more restraint and sobriety. The Congregation...

  • The divine as poetic

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 9.11-13; Romans 9 , 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33. God’s presence is a poetic experience, it is gentle and graceful and cannot be subjected to preconceived religious ideas. When we perceive God as speaking mainly through...

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