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  • 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...

  • Invisible and voiceless

    Invisible and voiceless

    The moment I arrived at the branch office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Rome, almost 30 years ago, the news came in about a group of Sri Lankan unaccompanied and undocumented boys stranded at Fiumicino Airport.

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking with Mediaset’s TG Com24, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the publication by four cardinals of their letter sent last year to Pope Francis is damaging to the Church and that there...

  • The grace of seeing

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6; Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. Jerusalem was already devastated when this text from St Matthew about the wise men coming from the east was written. Besides, an increasing number of new gentile converts...

  • Need for renewal

    Need for renewal

    Every new year fills most of us with a sense of renewal. It is an opportunity for fresh resolutions. It is a time of stock-taking and a chance to make some serious soul-searching. For Christians, it is an invitation to ask questions that are...

  • 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,...

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