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Religion

  • Versions of humanity

    Today’s readings: Amos 6, 1.4-7; 1 Timothy 6, 11-16; Luke 16, 19-31. Today’s gospel may very easily lead us into disquisitions about life after death, about the existence of hell, or how we can figure out what eternity would be like. But that’s...

  • Fostering social tourism

    Fostering social tourism

    Tourism has experienced a revolution in the past 50 years. In 1950, there were 25 million international tourists. Today,the number is in the region of 1.2 billion. Travelling has become a huge part of many lives. According to statistics released...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing nuncios on September 17, Pope Francis said: “In the immense task of ensuring the freedom of the Church before every form of power that wishes to silence truth, do not delude yourselves that this freedom is solely the fruit of...

  • Servants of God – Henry and Ineż Casolani

    Servants of God – Henry and Ineż Casolani

    Henry and Ineż Casolani were gifted with the grace of matrimony on April 19, 1944 at St Augustine’s church, Valletta. They had an only child, Cecilia Mary, who joined the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition in 1964. The way of life of the...

  • Greed is viral

    Today’s readings: Amos 8, 4-7; 1 Timothy 2, 1-8; Luke 16, 1-13. Since “money makes the world go round”, people have always been lured to believe that money is miraculous. As Pope Francis writes in his The Joy of the Gospel, one of our major...

  • Called to change

    Called to change

    In his ‘Essay on the development of Christian doctrine’, John Henry Newman stated that “here below, to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often”. This idea of change has its roots in the gospel, the metanoia, which is...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to a group of newly appointed bishops from missionary territories, Pope Francis said: “Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within. He has two weapons, but the main one is division: the other is...

  • A scandalous love

    Today’s readings: Exodus 32, 7-11.13-14; 1 Timothy 1, 12-17; Luke 15, 1-32. Much of what is written in the gospels sounds very familiar to us, particularly the parables and narratives with which since childhood we have been domesticated. Yet,...

  • Pope Francis and the change of eras

    Pope Francis and the change of eras

    We are living in challenging times. The context of the Francis papacy is turbulent and complex. Addressing the 5th National Convention of the Italian Church, Pope Francis said “we are not living in an era of change so much as change of eras”. The...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and...

  • Christianity revisited

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 9, 13-18; Philemon 9-10.12-17; Luke 14, 25-33. Christianity has survived for over two millennia now. It has a history with its bright and dark sides just as everything else under the sun. Yet very often in the wake of...

  • The aftermath of World Youth Day

    The aftermath of World Youth Day

    Now that World Youth Day 2016, held in Cracow, is come and gone, it is worth stopping and reflecting briefly on the outcome. Pope Francis visited Poland for the occasion. Besides meeting the civil and Church authorities, he presided over a...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, told clergy in Sri Lanka that “in recent decades in some countries the Sacred Liturgy has become too anthropocentric; man, not God, has...

  • Ecology of relationships

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-20.28-29; Hebrews 12, 18-19.22-24; Luke 14, 1.7-14. Jesus’s words in today’s gospel “to make our way to the lowest places” and about humbling ourselves may easily be seen as masochistic in a culture that...

  • Eliminating shadows

    Eliminating shadows

    Our society is hell-bent on eliminating all shadows – all pain and inconveniences. So it has declared an all-out war against any source of light (ideals, beliefs, values) and all causes of shadows (people, situations that are demanding). It does...

  • Quotes and news

    Reflecting on last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Lk. 13:22-30) during his Angelus address, Pope Francis said: “Jesus himself is the door. But why is this door narrow? “It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive – no, but because it asks us to...

  • Unknown to his own

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66, 18-21; Hebrews 12, 5-7.11-13; Luke 13, 22-30. Honestly enough, today’s readings sound very contradictory. A great sense of inclusiveness transpires from Isaiah, portraying God’s kingdom as wide open to include as many...

  • Finding your vocation

    Finding your vocation

    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote that for him, at the end of the day, there is only one worthwhile joy – the feeling you get from cooperating rightfully within the big picture of things, by taking your place within the great cosmic jigsaw puzzle.

  • Quotes and news

    During the Angelus prayer on the Assumption last Monday, Pope Francis said: “The Lord bows down to the lowly in order to raise them up, as is proclaimed in the Magnificat, Mary’s hymn of praise to God. “Mary’s canticle leads us to think of many...

  • The ostrich approach

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 38, 4-6.8-10; Hebrews 12, 1-4; Luke 12, 49-53. Very often the Church is accused of being retrograde, out of touch and irrelevant in the way it reacts in the face of today’s demands and challenging times. To be honest,...

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