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Religion

  • Signs speak louder

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Mark 16, 15-20. It must have been rather frustrating for the Apostles and early Christians to believe in Jesus all the way through, expecting at last to see their dream come true, and then all of...

  • Spiritual retreat centres – transformative gems

    Spiritual retreat centres – transformative gems

    A kind of restlessness seems to be permeating our social fabric. A frenetic urge to do more in less time. Stillness has become so rare. Yet in all this ‘doing’ we tend to be losing our sense of ‘being’, the very goal our ‘doing’ is all about. Our...

  • Quotes and news

    Ali Khidri, executive secretary of the Bible Society in Algeria, told the Catholic weekly The Tablet that “hundreds” of people every month were turning up at his office requesting a Bible, and that “thousands” were going to churches to enquire...

  • Venturing to high places

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 25-26.34-35.44-48; 1 John 4, 7-10; John 15, 9-17. We’ve come quite a long way since Easter Sunday, deepening the mean­ing for us of that event. The gospel today sets higher standards for Christian living, calling for...

  • Talking rather than walking?

    Talking rather than walking?

    In discussing the plight of undocumented migrants, there is a clear and present danger that we may miss the wood for the trees. We are still shocked by the video clips and photographs we have seen in recent weeks, and, unfortunately, we will see...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview in the German daily Die Welt on April 24, Cardinal Raymond Burke renewed his attack on Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose ‘merciful’ solution for remarried divorcees who wish to receive Communion was discussed at last October’s...

  • The truth within us

    Today’s readings: Acts 9,26-31; 1 John 3,18-24; John 15,1-8 The imagery of the vine and the branches used in today’s gospel illustrates our being connected with the Lord as the source of true life, and emphasises the organic nature of the...

  • Young people don’t go to church anymore…

    Young people don’t go to church anymore…

    The facts speak loud and clear. Ten years ago Mass attendance stood at 52.6 per cent of the population. Of these, only about 35 per cent were young people aged 15 to 25, according to the 2005 Mass attendance census. What would the situation be...

  • Quotes and news

    In a report, the German bishops sum­marised the answers they re­ceiv­ed as part of a consultation on the Vatican’s questionnaire in pre­paration for the second part of the family synod to be held in October. German respondents criticised the...

  • Shattered conscience

    Today’s readings: Acts 4,8-12; 1 John 3,1-2; John 10,11-18. The tragic events of these past few days, with hundreds, thousands of people, dead and alive, knocking at the doors of Europe and the west for refuge, touch deeply our sense of humanity...

  • Time for a new politics

    ‘Forging a new politics’ is the sub-title of a recently published compilation of essays edited by Ian Geary and Adrian Pabst titled Blue Labour (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London, 2015). It sets the scene for a new way of doing politics in a difficult...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis told Italian President Sergio Mattarella that the religious dimension should not be limited to “personal conscience” and called for recognition of religion’s “significant role in the construction of society”. “The Church offers...

  • Unearthing the diamond

    Today’s readings: Acts 3, 13-15.17-19; 1 John 2, 1-5; Luke 24, 35-48. The way we interpret the Scriptures and let our life be shaped by them is the key to an adult and mature faith. This is a truth that the Church itself painstakingly grasped and...

  • From contract to alliance

    From contract to alliance

    The story of the Leisure Clothing factory, the Chinese textile company operating in Malta, has filled many a news bulletin and newspaper column. The management was accus­ed of breaking industrial laws by overworking and underpaying its staff. Many...

  • Quotes and news

    “Inequity, the unjust distribution of wealth and resources, is a source of conflict and violence among peoples,” Pope Francis said in a message to leaders attending the Summit of the Americas, which brought together leaders of 35 North and South...

  • Our credentials

    Today’s readings: Acts 4, 32-35; 1 John 5, 1-6; John 20, 19-31. I have never considered Thomas as an unbeliever. His faith is rather a reasonable way of believing. We have to concede, after all, that his companions were not more brave than he was,...

  • Christians under seige

    Christians under seige

    Current events unfolding in the world are a terse reminder of the rising wave of persecution against Christians. This is most marked in Syria and adjacent Arab countries which once were the cradle of Christianity. These countries’ Christian...

  • Quotes and news

    The presence of altar girls still creates controversy in some countries. According to minutes of a mid-February session of the priests’ council in the archdiocese of San Francisco, there was a heated discussion about the decision of Fr Joseph...

  • Easter truth

    Today’s readings: Acts 10,34.37-43; 1Corinthians 5,6-8; John 20,1-9. During Holy Week leading to the victory of Easter, it is a disturbed and confused community that takes the centre stage. It is a community of disciples who had believed and given...

  • Christ’s resurrection is still at work today

    Christ’s resurrection is still at work today

    Pope Francis has written that “Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past: it contains a vital power that has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force”.

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