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Religion

  • Stability in change

    Today’s readings: Acts 15, 1-2.22-29; Apoca­lypse 21, 10-14. 22-23; Jn 14, 23-29. The development of Church doctrine was always a debated issue. Our tendency is to perceive doctrine as unwavering, rigid, defined once for all. That was a Catholic...

  • Workers’ Day thoughts

    Workers’ Day thoughts

    Is what we are celebrating today ‘Workers’ Day’, ‘Labour Day’ or ‘May Day’? They refer to the same day of celebration most commonly known as Workers’ Day – a nomenclature retained in Maltese as Jum Il-Ħaddiem. In the US and Canada it is referred...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis told thousands of young people at St Peter’s Square that happiness “is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving”. He said true freedom is priceless and comes...

  • Social, political impacts

    Today’s readings: Acts 14, 21-27; Apocalypse 21, 1-5; John 13, 31-35. The focus of today’s readings is how the message of Christ’s resurrection is being translated in concrete terms in our cities, in the contexts where we live and in the networks...

  • Sainthood or true humanity?

    Sainthood or true humanity?

    I met Mother Teresa briefly in 1971, enough for me to want to discover more. Five years later, as a newly ordained Jesuit priest, I went to India to work with her in Calcutta as part of my Jesuit formation – a deep encounter that marked my life...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Sunday a few quotes from Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love were featured. Today we feature a few comments about it. The big problems are... Answering journalists’ questions on the plane from Lesbos to Rome, Pope Francis...

  • God is not Catholic

    Today’s readings: Acts 13, 14.43-52; Apocalypse 7, 9.14-17; John 10, 27-30. With the publication of his post-Synodal document The Joy of Love, Pope Francis has given yet another concrete sign and testimony of what Catholicity should mean. As long...

  • Transmitting the faith

    Transmitting the faith

    “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Loïs and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you.” (II Tim 1, 5) The flow of the faith from one generation to the next seems to have stopped or, at...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are quotes from Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) • “We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were...

  • It’s about love

    Today’s readings: Acts 5, 27-32.40-41; Apocalypse 5, 11-14; John 21, 1-19. Today’s gospel text from John proceeds with the same rhythm of the texts of the resurrection, with the disciples at first not recognising Jesus, and then recognising him.

  • Politics without principles

    Politics without principles

    In 1908, G.K. Chesterton wrote the following reflection in his masterpiece Orthodoxy: “When the businessman rebukes the idealism of his office boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah! Yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in...

  • Quotes and news

    Apostolic Vicar of Meki, Ethiopia, Bishop Abraham Desta, sent a message to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need to express his horror at the torching and looting of a church compound in the Gighessa parish. He said the...

  • The Patmos standpoint

    Today’s readings: Acts 5, 12-16; Apo­calypse 1, 9-13.17-19; John 20, 19-31. On these first two Sundays of Easter, the gospel of John puts the two sides of faith in the risen Jesus within the framework of that first day of the week, which stands...

  • Embedding sacred space in the secular

    Embedding sacred space in the secular

    The globalised economy has given rise to increased complexities, shifting forces of power, unprecedented social, moral and ethical challenges and a fair dose of confusion. It cau­ses constant change that is overpowering to the extent that it seems...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The risen Christ points out paths of hope to beloved Syria, a country torn by a lengthy conflict, with its sad wake of destruction, death, contempt for humanitarian law and the breakdown of civil...

  • Dying or living

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. There are choices in life we make freely and that we feel strongly about. There are other choices made for us in the face of which we may feel helpless. We can be dead or alive,...

  • Merciful in death and resurrection

    Merciful in death and resurrection

    After recalling Jesus’ cruel and humiliating Passion and death last Friday, today we rejoice in his glorious resurrection. This year the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of our salvation and new life takes place within the context of the Jubilee...

  • Quotes and news

    At the episcopal ordination of archbishops Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot and Peter Wells, Pope Francis said: “Proclaim the Word on every occasion: opportune and not opportune. Admonish, rebuke and exhort with all magnanimity and teaching. And through...

  • The miraculous Redeemer

    The miraculous Redeemer

    Maltese Catholics, both young and old, have a deep devotion for the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Senglea. During Lent and especially Holy Week, devotion for the statue burns brighter, as faithful from all over Malta congregate in the city to...

  • Fear of humiliation

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Luke 22, 14 - 23, 56. Luke is a gospel aimed at the world of those who do not belong. From the very beginning of this gospel, as in Mary’s Magnificat, God is presented as turning the world’s...

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