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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing 1,100 Focolare Movement members, Pope Francis said: “When capi­talism makes the seeking of profit its only purpose, it runs the risk of becoming an idolatrous framework, a form of worship. The ‘goddess of fortune’ is increasingly the...

  • ‘Lead kindly light’

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 58, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 2, 1-5; Matthew 5, 13-16. The writing of the gospel of Matthew is itself clear evidence that already at such an early stage of Christianity, faith in Christ was in danger of becoming ‘tasteless’ and...

  • Is it aimed at Scicluna/Grech or Francesco?

    Is it aimed at Scicluna/Grech or Francesco?

    Last month, “in line with the directions given by Pope Francis”, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech issued a docu­ment offering “guidelines to priests in our dioceses, in order to accompany” those who are in so-called...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview published last Sunday with journalist Noel Díaz of ESNE TV, Pope Francis was asked to clarify his comment to “tell the laity to come out of the caves”. The Pope replied: “Sometimes I think the best business we can do with many...

  • The liberating voice

    Today’s readings: Zephaniah 2,3. 3, 12-13; 1 Corinthians 1, 26-31; Matt 5, 1-12. Revisiting the Beatitudes in today’s gospel makes us realise how often, in the name of this same gospel, we stood on the wrong side of history, not realising exactly...

  • Roman Curia governance

    Roman Curia governance

    Pope Francis began his papacy in the context of the aftermath of the Vatileaks scandal and Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation. It is significant that three months after Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope in 2013, he set up a commission...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore, chairman of the Irish bishops’ Council for Justice and Peace, said: “Unlike any time in our history, our collective duty of care towards migrants and refugees includes Irish society in a very significant way. This...

  • The spark of the divine

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 8, 23 - 9,3; 1 Corinthians 1, 10-13.17; Matthew 4, 12-23. ‘Repent’ is the key word in today’s gospel text. But for Jesus, repentance is not simply linked to sin. The context of the words from Matthew: “Repent, for the...

  • The true God or idols?

    The true God or idols?

    Pope Francis’ ongoing catechesis at his Wednesday general audiences concerns hope. Recently he affirmed that “hope is a primary need in man”. We cannot live without hope. We instinctively yearn for what we desire – the birth of a child, a family...

  • Quotes and news

    In a January 14 address to members of the Global Foundation, an Australian organisation founded in 1998 by Prime Minister John Howard and Michael Camdessus, Pope Francis said: “Mother Teresa was accepting of every human life, whether unborn or...

  • The bigger picture

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49,3.5-6; 1Corinthians 1,1-3; John 1,29-34. The gospel reading from St John speaks of the identity crisis already facing the Christian communities in the first centuries. Will the real Messiah stand up? John the Baptist...

  • Invisible and voiceless

    Invisible and voiceless

    The moment I arrived at the branch office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Rome, almost 30 years ago, the news came in about a group of Sri Lankan unaccompanied and undocumented boys stranded at Fiumicino Airport.

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking with Mediaset’s TG Com24, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the publication by four cardinals of their letter sent last year to Pope Francis is damaging to the Church and that there...

  • The grace of seeing

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6; Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. Jerusalem was already devastated when this text from St Matthew about the wise men coming from the east was written. Besides, an increasing number of new gentile converts...

  • Need for renewal

    Need for renewal

    Every new year fills most of us with a sense of renewal. It is an opportunity for fresh resolutions. It is a time of stock-taking and a chance to make some serious soul-searching. For Christians, it is an invitation to ask questions that are...

  • Quotes and news

    According to estimates by Massimo Introvigne, 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016 due to their faith. This means that every six minutes a Christian is killed for his or her faith. Introvigne, who was speaking to Vatican Radio, is a sociologist...

  • Counting the blessings

    Today’s readings: Numbers 6, 22-27; Galatians 4, 4-7; Luke 2, 16-21. Today’s second reading from Galatians is a powerful reading that should set the tone not only for the day but for a lifetime. St Paul speaks of “the appointed time”, the...

  • New year non-resolutions

    New year non-resolutions

    Starting a new year always kindles in us new hopes. We just might get things right this time! So we make the same resolutions as last year, trusting that yearning within us that never says die. Resolutions are worth making, but on one condition:...

  • Quotes and news

    Today the Church celebrates the 50th World Day of Peace. The following are quotes from Pope Francis’s message on the theme ‘Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace’. Importance of the politics of non-violence “I ask God to help all of us to...

  • Reasons to rejoice

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 52, 7-10; Hebrews 1, 1-6; John 1, 1-18 Most of the time we are tempted to let our lives be shaped by what falters the heart and darkens the skies above us, rather than by what gives the needed inner strength. We need the...

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