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Religion

  • Better light a candle...

    Better light a candle...

    Every summer, many young people decide to dedicate one month of their holidays to do voluntary work in Malta or abroad. Others, because of leave or other restrictions, take up a commitment once or twice a week and keep it throughout the year. As...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican officials’ feathers have been ruffled by what they consider excessive signs of greeting during the giving of the peace at Mass. So the Congregation for Divine Worship asked bishops to push for more restraint and sobriety. The Congregation...

  • The divine as poetic

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 9.11-13; Romans 9 , 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33. God’s presence is a poetic experience, it is gentle and graceful and cannot be subjected to preconceived religious ideas. When we perceive God as speaking mainly through...

  • The right to kill

    The right to kill

    The article ‘Who decides when a person should die?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 27) questions whether Malta is prepared to put compassion before doctrine. This query implies that Church doctrine is not compassionate – another sad example that...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said a truce “will not help if the conditions in Gaza remain those of a land under siege, where fear and frustration feed hatred. “If you put an end to this siege and allow freedom of movement of people and goods,...

  • Addressing seekers

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 1-3; Romans 8, 35.37-39; Matt14, 13-21. In today’s gospel, Jesus pities those who even while searching for him and following him, were lost and in “a lonely place”, with no belonging, with no true points of reference...

  • Can we improve the way we do business?

    Can we improve the way we do business?

    It started with a conference in September 2012 championed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, with the theme ‘A Blueprint for Better Business?’ The speakers included McKinsey & Company global managing director Dominic Barton,...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, the head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has expressed “profound solidarity, fervent prayers and renewed commitment to join in activities of advocacy” on behalf of Palestinians. In his...

  • The sacred centre

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 3, 5.7-12; Romans 8, 28-30; Matthew 13, 44-52. Irrespective of whether one is a believer or not, the major challenge in life is to seek and find one’s true calling. That is something we need to be passionate about. It...

  • War and peace

    War and peace

    Tomorrow, July 28, is the 100th anniversary since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively starting World War I, which involved more countries and caused greater destruction than any other war except World War II. The conflict was...

  • Quotes and news

    Giuseppe Lazzarotto, apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land, Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Boutros Twal and Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah pleaded for peace in the Holy Land. Lazzarotto said the loss of life in Gaza is “not acceptable”, adding that...

  • Ambiguous status

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 12, 13.16-19; Romans 8, 26-27; Matthew 13, 24-43. When Pope Francis weeks ago brought together Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres for a meeting of prayer, many were hesitant about what it could change in the Middle East scenario.

  • Rights may be real or fictitious

    Rights may be real or fictitious

    Talking about rights has become the order of the day. We have been talking about whether homosexuals had a right to enter into a civil union and about whether as a civil union they had the right to adopt children, until Parliament decided – it is...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio that Pope Francis is not calling for the abandonment of the market economy. His remarks followed a very strong speech by the Pope in favour of an...

  • Painful truth

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 10-11; Romans 8, 18-23; Matthew 13, 1-23 There is always a truth about ourselves that has to come out some time or other. It can be a painful truth, so many choose to avoid it while others are ready to face the pain as...

  • Reaching out to troubled teens

    Reaching out to troubled teens

    ­On his ninth visit to Aġenzija Appoġġ, James Blewett, a British social work expert with over 15 years’ experience in dysfunctional family settings, emphasised the urgent need to deploy all possible resources and services to help troubled teens...

  • Quotes and news

    During a festive procession in the Calabrian town of Oppido Mamer­tina, the route was diverted so that the statue of the Madonna would pass in front of the house of a notorious mobster, Peppe Mazzagatti, the leader of the Calabrian Mafia known as...

  • The right attitude

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 9, 9-10; Romans 8, 9.11-13; Matt. 11, 25-30. In a sort of comeback, the renegade priest Leonardo Boff, one of the fathers of Liberation Theology, speaks in a recent book on Pope Francis about the revolution of...

  • Gift of new priests

    Gift of new priests

    The Church of Malta last week received the gift of seven newly ordained priests, one of whom is a member of my community. People’s perception and expectations of priests vary – some love, sponsor and pray for them, while others are indifferent or...

  • Quotes and news

    Four bishops who chair different committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said they wait with ‘great concern’ for President Barack Obama’s promised executive order on “sexual orientation or gender identity”. They said that while the...

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