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  • With hearts distraught

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 14.22-28; 1 Peter 1, 17-21; Luke 24, 13-35. It makes no sense at all for us who believe, to continue Sunday after Sunday speaking of Christ risen and of his victory over death and evil as if we live in a vacuum.

  • Filling up the churches

    Filling up the churches

    Louis Aliot, vice-president of the extreme right French National Front, criticised the French bishops for speaking up for refugees. He was very irked by the bishops’ pronouncements, and rather than answering their statements he preferred to...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Tuesday, according to reports in the Irish Times, there was no celebration of Mass in the diocese of Limerick, Ireland. Instead of celebrating Mass the priests of the diocese gathered for a “formation gathering” and people gathered in parish...

  • The signs we give

    Today’s readings: Acts 2,42-47; 1 Peter 1,3-9; John 20, 19-31. On this Sunday after Easter, we are being interrogated on the signs we are giving as the Church today in the face of the rampant scepticism and agnosticism of our generations,...

  • Strength to stop corruption

    Strength to stop corruption

    “Corruption stinks” were Pope Francis’ strong words at Scampia, in the Camorra-plagued hinterland of Naples. In Kenya, he described corruption as a  “path to death”, comparing graft with the addiction to sugars. “We like it. It’s easy, then we end...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Easter Sunday homily, Pope Francis said: “The Church never ceases to say, faced with our defeats, our closed and fearful hearts, ‘Stop, the Lord is risen’. Nobody asks us: ‘But, are you happy with all that’s happening in the world?’ Are you...

  • A claim that needs foundation

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. The early Church, with Peter leading, boldly witnessed to Christ’s resurrection in a credible manner. Entire communities had gone through a rite of passage from being...

  • Easter: called forth from our tombs

    Easter: called forth from our tombs

    The Resurrection stands at the very heart of the Christian faith experience and it never ceases to surprise us. It is the mystery of mysteries and it radiates light, life, and love. It is the light of the Risen Christ that penetrates the darkness...

  • Quotes and news

    During the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass in the cathedral of the capital of Venezuela, Archbishop of Caracas Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said: “We must defend our rights and the rights of others, without resorting to violence, instead following...

  • Faith, no easy ride

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Matthew 26, 14 - 27, 66. One major blockage in life that, across the board, marks us all, is how to cope with suffering. The text of Isaiah serving as premise today to the passion narrative...

  • Digital economy for Common Good

    Digital economy for Common Good

    The challenge of a fast-changing economy in the social and political sphere only adds to the tremors created by the fast digitisation of the economy. The connectivity of electronic devices, the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics and...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing seminarians and teachers from the Pontifical Spanish College of St Joseph in an audience at the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis called on seminarians to overcome individualism by their spirituality, to offer their lives rather than...

  • Making life liveable

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 37, 12-14; Romans 8, 8-11; John 11, 1-45. We all have problems of imagination when we struggle to come to terms with our faith affirmations on hope that stretches beyond death. Beyond the mystery of death, there is a much...

  • Persecution in the Christian’s life

    Persecution in the Christian’s life

    The ageing Simeon had told Our Lady propheti­cally that her child Jesus was “destined to be a sign that is opposed… so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare” (Lk 2:35). Jesus was, in fact, misunderstood. His person and teaching were...

  • Quotes and news

    During his general audience on March 29 Pope Francis said: “The God who reveals Himself to Abraham is the God who saves, the God who brings us out from desperation and from death, the God who calls to life. “Are we convinced that God wishes us...

  • 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...

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