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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    In a video message to participants in an ecumenical gathering in Munich entitled ‘Encounter, reconciliation, future’, sponsored by Together for Europe, Pope Francis said: “It is time to get together, to face the problems of our day with a true...

  • With the right perspective

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66, 10-14; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-12.17-20. Discipleship as portrayed in the gospels is not strictly speaking a call to belong to a Church or to a community, but a call to go forth in the little worlds we inhabit...

  • Please sir, I want some more...

    Please sir, I want some more...

    This is what poor little Oliver, driven by his hunger, had the temerity to ask in Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens makes Mr Bumble spell out the reasons for his horror at such a request. First, Oliver ‘won’t ask for more when he knows what’s in...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church said: “We are witnessing an immense tragedy unfolding before our eyes, of countless innocent people being killed, displaced or forced into a painful and uncertain...

  • Road to Jerusalem

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 16.19-21; Galatians 5, 1. 13-18; Luke 9, 51-62. Following Jesus has never been easy going, though in times when mainstream culture was over-religious it was conventional to be Christian. But at the time of Jesus and...

  • Let’s celebrate life

    Let’s celebrate life

    It is rather disconcerting and depressing to witness the manner in which the so-called liberal agenda is being forced through in Malta. The latest attempt to undermine the value of the fullness of life is the judicial protest by a group of women...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, the Catholic bishops of South Sudan said: “We urge the formation of a single professional national army that we can be proud of, to defend our borders against external enemies, but not to kill our brothers and sisters. “We condemn...

  • Christ beyond religion

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 12, 10-11 – 13, 1; Galatians 3, 26-29; Luke 9, 18-24. The question Jesus poses in today’s gospel to his closest disciples – “Who do you say that I am” – is the question that has been haunting us throughout the history...

  • Seeking father

    Seeking father

    If there is something deeply desired by all it is the experience of fatherhood. This is reflected by the first words we utter as children. Adults also search relentlessly to make peace with their experience of parenthood. Today, on Father’s day,...

  • Quotes and news

    During a visit to the offices of the World Food Programme in Rome, Pope Francis said: “We need to ‘de-naturalise’ extreme poverty, to stop seeing it as a statistic rather than a reality. Why? Because poverty has a face! It has the face of a child;...

  • Love’s healing power

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 12, 7-10.13; Galatians 2, 16.19-21; Luke 7, 36 - 8, 3. In his exhortation on The Joy of Love, one of Pope Francis’ strongest and most significant affirmations is: “It is reductive simply to consider whe­ther or not an...

  • People on the move

    People on the move

    The main focus of this year’s international three-day conference held by Fondazione Centesimus Annus at the Nuova Aula del Sinodo at the Vati­can City was the refugee emergency and its challenges to us as citizens, professionals and...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing priests during a Mass concluding the Jubilee for Priests, Pope Francis said: “A shepherd after the heart of God has a heart sufficiently free to set aside his own concerns. He does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has...

  • Mending wounded hearts

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 17, 17-24; Galatians 1, 11-19; Luke 7, 11-17. One trait that in our times has become characteristic of the culture we live in is that it is becoming harder for whatever we see happening around us to rock our conscience.

  • The dignity of Malta’s poor

    The dignity of Malta’s poor

    The recent report by Caritas Malta about the urgent need for an updated minimum wage again makes us aware that there are poor people in Malta. They include two-parent families with two children, one-parent families with two children, and...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that some of the challenges society is facing can be better met if there is a broadening of a constructive dialogue between secular authorities and communities of faith. He referred to Pope Benedict’s speech to...

  • Presence as gift

    Today’s readings: Genesis 14, 18-20; 1 Corinthians 11, 23-26; Luke 9, 11-17. In the context of the debate on marriage and the family, the Eucharist ended up being a bone of contention. This is typical of a distorted, narrow understanding of the...

  • This is the Church

    This is the Church

    When Dutch Jesuit priest Frans Van der Lugt was given a chance to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs, he refused, saying “I will not leave my people”. In the midst of the Syrian civil war, Van der Lugt offered shelter to both Muslim and...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily at a Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 19, Pope Francis said: “When riches are created by exploiting the people, by those rich people who exploit [others], they take advantage of the work of the people, and those poor people...

  • Undoing the puzzle

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 8,22-31; Romans 5,1-5; John 16,12-15. On this Sunday when the Church celebrates God as Trinity, we may ask the pertinent question why the Church speaks of a triune God and what difference does it make believing simply in...

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