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Religion

  • The spirit of mercy

    Tomorrow marks the feast of Santa Maria, which is a celebration of great religious significance in Malta for various reasons. Not least because it is fêted by a number of parishes in Malta and Gozo. It also has historical importance at it marks...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are more quotes taken from various speeches and homilies given by Pope Francis during his historic recent visit to Poland. God is in them At the conclusion of a Way of the Cross in Krakow, the Pope said: “Where is God, if evil is...

  • You are what you love

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 18, 6-9; Hebrews 11, 1-2.8-19; Luke 12, 32-48. The success of bestsellers in pop psychology and the spiritual growth market is understandable in that they seek to provide hope for a generation hungry for meaning and...

  • When the going gets tough

    When the going gets tough

    We all face adversity in life. Adversity, trials and suffering, if intense, can make us or break us. As Randi G. Fine puts it in her inspiring new book, Awaken from Life: “When life places a wall in our path we have two choices… we can beat our...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are quotes taken from various speeches and homilies given by Pope Francis during his historic recent visit to Poland. Welcome those fleeing During his address to Polish authorities at Krakow’s Wawel Castle, the Pope said: “Also...

  • The ‘considered life’

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiastes 1,2; 2, 21-23; Colossians 3, 1-5. 9-11; Lk. 12, 13-21. Scripture does not offer definitive statements or dogmatic truths about life. It provides a map, orientation, a sense of place and of how things relate to each...

  • Living ‘beyond life’s limits’

    Living ‘beyond life’s limits’

    Summer is often associated with rest, vacation and travel. This summer brought the issue of whether to travel or not, closer to home. “Should I stay or should I go?” is the question we are asking, especially when terrorism hits the country we...

  • Quotes and news

    While 45 priests and academics asked the Pope to clarify what they said were erroneous statements in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published a defence of the document. In a letter to Cardinal...

  • On God’s governance

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 20-32; Colossians 2, 12-24; Luke 11, 1-13. Many often remark that things have gone as­tray and that we’ve lost our compass. All that is happening around us marks daily life profoundly, and if we let go, it easily...

  • Lessons from Brexit

    Lessons from Brexit

    Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union or to leave has come and gone. Leave won by a slight margin. The aftermath of the referendum was somewhat unusual. One would have expected the Leave camp to celebrate wildly, yet, in...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, apostolic vicar of Anatolia, said that after the failed coup Turkey needs to use the “wea­pon of dialogue” to “understand what are the causes of this unease”. He said the coup manifests an unease with the direction in which...

  • The discipline of living

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 1-10; Colossians 1, 24-28; Luke 10, 38-42. In his letter to the Colossians in today’s second reading, Paul writes that there is a message in life that is a mystery hidden for generations waiting to be revealed to...

  • Promoting peace

    Promoting peace

    Despite a packed crisis agenda, at the June 2016 EU Summit, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented to the European Council the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy which she was mandated with by the European Heads of State a...

  • Quotes and news

    In a letter to Argentinian bishops to commemorate the bicentenary of Argentina’s independence from Spain, Pope Francis wrote: “With these 200 years behind us we are called to keep journeying and to keep on looking ahead. “To achieve this, I think...

  • Who am I meant to be?

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37. The stories in the gospels, writes Michael Frost in Exiles, far from being soothing bedtime stories for baptised children, are the most dangerous element of the...

  • Needed: a return to humanity

    Needed: a return to humanity

    After graduating in 1791, William Wordsworth left England to France where he became a supporter of the French Revolution. Because of his concern about poverty he was a strong believer in social reforms. He and his brothers were experiencing these...

  • 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...

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