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Religion

  • 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...

  • Christmas: greatness in the human flesh

    Christmas: greatness in the human flesh

    Christmas means so many things for so many people, but at its heart lies the very concept of the incarnation, the very pivot of our Christian faith: God takes on human flesh, God became part of the human story: this is the true uniqueness of our...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Mgr Antoine Camilleri, the Maltese-born Vatican UnderSecretary for Relations with States, said: “To act and speak out publicly as a committed Christian in one’s...

  • The God of history

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 7, 10-14; Romans 1, 1-7; Matthew 1, 18-25. The Christmas story we revisit every year is the platform on which faith’s architecture is built. In its simplicity and ordinariness, it may sound too childish, yet it contains...

  • A renewed personal calling

    A renewed personal calling

    If someone cannot see the wood for the trees, they are unable to understand what is important in a situation because they are giving too much attention to details. Is this reality happening to us these last few days of Advent? As Christians we are...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner last month published a letter they sent to the Pope asking him for direct answers to a number of questions they posed on his apostolic letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy...

  • Changing our mind

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 35, 1-6.10; James 5, 7-10; Matthew 11, 2-11. An aura of joy transpires from today’s scriptures. It is the joy that comes from a deep conviction that the Lord in our lives is first and foremost a healer, he who throws light...

  • Black & white Sundays

    Black & white Sundays

    A couple of months ago I happened to be wandering around in my car on a Sunday afternoon with my sleepless child when I decided to go and pick up a carton of milk from a local supermarket. Little did I suspect that I was not alone out shopping!...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to international business leaders at a Fortune-Time Global Forum, Pope Francis said: “Our world today is marked by great unrest. Inequality between peoples continues to rise, and many communities are impacted directly by war and poverty,...

  • Keeping hope alive

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 11, 1-10; Romans 15, 4-9; Matthew 3, 1-12. If the Bethlehem narrative fails to remind us of Aleppo and Mosul, of the millions of displaced people and of the orphaned children, of the abused women and of entire peoples...

  • Church divergences

    Church divergences

    Those of us who were here before Vatican II hardly had any doubts about doctrine or morals. Everything was spelled out succinctly and clearly. Then John XXIII was elected Pope, and after three months he convoked the Vatican Council. Thanks to the...

  • Quotes and news

    During a question and answer session with Jesuits, Pope Francis lamented, among other things, the “rigidity” that he finds in many seminarians. The Pope said he was concerned about the legalistic approach to morality that he encounters in seminary...

  • Time is running out

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 2, 1-5; Romans 13, 11-14; Matthew 24, 37-44. For those who still believe in what the Christmas story stands for, it is an ongoing struggle and challenge year after year not to let the story sink to the rank of a fable.

  • The truly essential

    The truly essential

    Advent, the first season of the Church year which begins today, leading up to Christmas, is par excellence a time in which believers in Christ are invited to remain in watchful and active waiting, nourished by prayer and by the effective...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Sunday Pope Francis issued the apostolic letter ‘Mercy and Misery’ (Meseridordia et Misera) on the fruits of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that has come to an end. Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by St Augustine in...

  • Aspirations of humanity

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 5, 1-3; Colossians 1, 12-20; Luke 23, 35-43. It has always been the paradox of Christianity to see in the crucified Christ the power of God. By all human logic, Christ crucified should instead be a symbol of failure,...

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