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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia wrote in his weekly diocesan column that President Barack Obama’s administration was “the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers” in generations. Chaput wrote that the Democratic Party felt that...

  • Testing our endurance

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 8-13; 2 Timothy 3,14 - 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8. It is not only in our times that we are facing big challenges where religion and faith are concerned. In his letter to Timothy in the second reading, Paul reminds him to stand...

  • Faith talk in a secular age

    Faith talk in a secular age

    As Christians we are tempted to exile our faith to our private or personal sphere, losing its influence in public and political space. But the greatest disservice to Christianity is to confine faith merely to a private matter. Faith in Christ is a...

  • Quotes and news

    According to the Bishop of Antwerp, Mgr Johan Bonny, the Church should come up with a ritual to bless non-marital unions, including those of cohabiting couples and homosexual partners. In his recent book the bishop asks whether the Church can...

  • Venezuelan professor to lead Jesuit order

    Venezuelan professor to lead Jesuit order

    Updated 3.47pm The Jesuits, one of the world's largest and most influential Roman Catholic religious orders which counts Argentine Pope Francis as a member, elected a Venezuelan as their new leader on Friday. After the election of Pope Francis as...

  • Unchained from within

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 5, 14-17; 2 Timothy 2, 8-13; Luke 17, 11-19. Praise and thanksgiving are an integral part of living the faith. According to our logic, one thanks after having received. According to the logic of faith, praise and...

  • What believing is really all about

    What believing is really all about

    How can I not worry in an era where worry and depression are all around us, where the first thing in the morning is anxiety to get to work or school on time and where we pass through experiences where ma tista tafda ’l ħadd (you cannot trust...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking during his visit to Georgia on September 30, Pope Francis said: “You do not know, dear brothers and sisters, how much children suffer when they witness the arguments and the separation of parents. Everything should be done to save a...

  • Capacity for newness

    Today’s readings: Habakkuk 1,2-3; 2,2-4; 2 Timothy 1, 6-8.13-14; Luke 17, 5-10. One of the major issues we face today in a culture which claims that it can do without religion, is the conflict between a private faith and a public religion. Peter...

  • Genuine humanism is the way forward

    Genuine humanism is the way forward

    The Enlightenment ‘discovered’ reason and believed that, through it, the road to happiness could become accessible to all. I put ‘discovered’ within inverted commas because reason had been appreciated and used long before Bacon, Hobbes and their...

  • Quotes and news

    In a recent address to Italy’s National Council of the Order of Journalists, Pope Francis said: “Respecting human dignity is important in any profession … because even behind the simple account of an event there are sentiments, emotions, and...

  • Jesuits in Rome to elect leader and set priorities

    Jesuits in Rome to elect  leader and set priorities

    When in 2014 Fr General Adolfo Nicolás announced that he wished to tender his resignation as Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on turning 80 in 2016, a number of people were surprised at the news as the role had, until recently,...

  • 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,...

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