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Religion

  • 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...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis urged some 25,000 faithful from the Rome diocese at the opening of its annual ecclesial convention, to stand up to “ideological colonisations that poison the soul”. The Pope was referring to Gender Theory which considers gender to be...

  • Against all odds

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 17,22-24; 2 Corinthians 5,6-10; Mark 4,26-34. It is commonplace today to look at reality with cynicism and just let go with a false resignation in the face of different types of determinisms. There is determinism of the...

  • Not a clockwork world

    Not a clockwork world

    Can we rethink the key features of our economic and social life? Can we rely on growth that is being generated by compulsive consumption? What is the future of employment and the informal economy? How are we dealing with the urgent issues of...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview with ETWN, Cardinal Walter Kasper said Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to enable divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. At the Pope’s invitation, Kasper had explained his proposal...

  • Nourishing the social body

    Today’s readings: Exodus 24, 3-8; Hebrews 9, 11-15; Mark 14, 12-16.22-26. The eucharist offers an alternative vision of what constitutes a peaceful social body. The feast of Corpus Christi we celebrate today is meant to provoke in us a deep...

  • Meddling in politics?

    Meddling in politics?

    The Church voiced its opinion about the government’s proposed intention to build a university at Żonqor Point because of the impact on the environment this would create. Immediately, voices were heard – albeit not official voices – protesting that...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop laments Russian intervention Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told Vatican Radio that Russian tanks and other heavy armaments are arriving in eastern Ukraine every day. “In last few...

  • God in becoming

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 4,32-34.39-40; Romans 8,14-17; Matthew 28,16-20. The mystery of the Trinity we celebrate today is central both to biblical revelation and to our personal spiritual journeys, which themselves unfold in time and in...

  • Vox populi/Dei?

    Vox populi/Dei?

    In a hard-hitting article printed in the issue of Leħen is-Sewwa of June 25, 2011, lawyer Albert Camilleri questions the risky precedent that has been established where values, especially values that underpin the family and the common good, are...

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