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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis, addressing the 29 members of the French bishops’ Catholic Delegation for Cooperation, said: “Do not be afraid to walk the paths of fraternity and to build bridges between people and between peoples, in a world where so many walls are...

  • Soul-full life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4, 1-5; Matthew 6, 24-34. Very often we cherish nostalgic feelings about times past when life was more serene, less hectic, and perhaps more rewarding. Let us leave aside whether life was actually...

  • Love and compassion surpass toxic rigidity

    Love and compassion  surpass toxic rigidity

    It comes as no surprise that the recent guidelines issued by our local bishops, undoubtedly a conscientious task to clarify Chapter eight of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia dealing with divorced and remarried Catholics, have stirred the ire of...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis in his message for Lent 2017said: “Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognising their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but...

  • Making changes

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 19, 1-2.17-18; 1 Cor. 3, 16-23; Matt. 5, 35-48. The debate under way these days on justice versus mercy and compassion versus order reveals a deeper schism within the Church on the very nature of the Christian community...

  • Let us expect more

    Let us expect more

    A community or a nation is not simply the sum of its members, and it is surely not the sum of its leaders. So what is a community? What makes a nation? One reply might be: the sum of the attitudes or actions of love and justice of all of its...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has condemned the British government for deciding to scale down its child refugee scheme. He said the decision was both “regrettable” and “worrying”. It had been planned that under the scheme 3,000 child...

  • Creative fidelity

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 15, 16-21; 1 Corinthians 2, 6-10; Matt 5, 17-37. One of the major issues facing institutions, including religion, in modern times is the tension between tradition and innovation. This tension has characterised...

  • Values and politicians

    Values and politicians

    In the Times of Malta of December 27, 2016, Kurt Sansone reported that Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo was lamenting that Christian politicians are being ostracised in the two major political parties. Sansone quoted him as saying “if Christians try...

  • 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...

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