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Religion

  • Feeding the Soul

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4,42-44; Ephesians 4,1-6; John 6,1-15 The soul needs its nourishment. You need not be a religious or devout person to understand that. Today we speak of the soul of the world or of politics or even of religion. Whatever...

  • Adults and gentlemen

    Adults and gentlemen

    Sorry, but I cannot see why pornography and sex for its own sake can be designated as an adult and gentlemen’s activity. I can’t see what responsible adulthood and gentlemanly qualities have to do with the sexploitation of human beings through...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said: “The solutions to global poverty and hunger cannot be left to market forces alone. “To eradicate poverty and hunger, in particular extreme poverty and...

  • Spirit, touch your Church

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23, 1-6; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34. Hillsong United Band is a worship band formed in 1998 as a youth ministry. Since its formation it has released annual live albums of worship songs. Today’s scriptures remind me...

  • Our inner struggle

    Our inner struggle

    A few years ago I attended a retreat with a group of priests.It was different from other retreats as it was more experiential and we were asked to delve into our spiritual life. After days of reflection we had to share with the group the basic...

  • Quotes and news

    These quotes are from addresses Pope Francis gave during his visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Fair distribution is a moral obligation Addressing a world meeting of popu­lar movements in Bolivia, he said: “Working for a just distribution of...

  • Changing style

    Today’s readings: Amos 7,12-15; Ephesians 1,3-14; Mark 6,7-13. Today’s gospel text from St Mark starts with the words: “Jesus summoned the Twelve”. There was a reason for this summoning, given that the Twelve had always been there with him. The...

  • Values and rights

    Values and rights

    It has become increasingly obvious that society is going to face very serious problems due to the manner in which values and rights are being reinterpreted to suit all and sundry as political parties jettison principles in a mad scramble for...

  • Quotes and news

    Following the massive referendum victory registered by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Bishop Franghískos Papamanólis, president of the Greek bishops’ conference, described him as “incompetent” as he had brought the nation on the brink of...

  • Return to base

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 2, 2-5; 2 Corinthians 12, 7-10; Mark 6, 1-6. The setting in today’s gospel seems very normal, with Jesus going to his home region and preaching in a synagogue on a Sabbath. So it is difficult to understand why his own...

  • Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap

    Can Christian transformative spirituality and structured religion co-habit? They were predestined to be one. This oneness was instituted by Christ, the bridegroom, who proclaimed a transformative gospel message for all times, creating a community...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to a UN meeting on climate change, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, stressed the link Pope Francis made between environmental degradation and world poverty in his encyclical Laudato...

  • Trip down memory lane

    Trip down memory lane

    Pope Francis sets out tomorrow to three of South America’s poorest and smallest countries, taking his message of solidarity with the downtrodden to prisoners, peasants, garbage pickers and indigenous people. The July 5-13 trip to Ecuador, Bolivia...

  • Power of faith

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; 2 Corinthians 8, 7.9.13-15; Mark 5, 21-43 In the entire gospel journey, it recurs very often that Jesus was contesting the religious framework of Judaism. In order to be a religion worth its name and...

  • God saw that it was good

    God saw that it was good

    In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, which recounts God’s creation of the cosmos, the expression “God saw that it was good” is repeated seven times in seven days. And on the seventh time the phrase is even stronger: “God saw all that He...

  • Quotes and news

    Estimates of the number of people who took part in a demonstration in Rome in support of the family and opposing gender theory in public education and gay marriage, vary between 330,000 and a million. The demonstration was held as part of the...

  • Education can make Ramadan fast safer for type 2 diabetics

    Education can make Ramadan fast safer for type 2 diabetics

    During Ramadan, which started last Thursday, devout Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset Muslims with type 2 diabetes who choose to fast during Ramadan may benefit from individualised education...

  • Hydration identified as number-one health concern during month of fasting

    Hydration identified as number-one health concern during month of fasting

    Observing the fast is a vital part of Muslim faith, however, it can be challenging, especially during the long summer days. A survey among Muslims living in the UK found that 49 per cent identified hydration as their main health concern during...

  • All in the same boat

    Today’s readings: Job 38,1.8-11; 2 Corinthians 5,14-17; Mark 4,35-41. For those who have visited the Holy Land, they know that one of the specialities there is a journey by boat between the lakeside towns. That scenario is special for its beauty...

  • From Jericho to Malta

    From Jericho to Malta

    Jesus was walking with his disciples and people who followed him. They were near Jericho. Bartimaeus, a blind man, heard the noise of the crowd and asked what was happening. He was told it was Jesus. Bartimaeus, in an act of faith, cried out...

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