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  • 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”.

  • Quotes and news

    More priests and bishops are saying that the English-speaking world should start using the 1998 translation of the missal instead of the 2011 version approved by the Vatican. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland called for a review...

  • Unending story

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Mark 14,1 – 15, 47. As is normal for us to do every year on Passion Sunday, which introduces us to Holy Week and to the celebration of Easter, the focus today is the Passion narrative. It is...

  • A new kind of poverty

    A new kind of poverty

    There is a tendency to restrict the meaning of poverty to its purely economic sense, that of lacking sufficient resources to make ends meet, or even worse, of not having the very basic necessities such as food and shelter. Such a reality exists.

  • Quotes and news

    By the narrowest of margin, four against three, the Supreme Court of Canada decided it is legal for a Catholic school to teach a Catholic version of the province’s mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum. The court ruling...

  • Change of heart

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 31-34; Hebrews 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33. The Greek converts who wanted to see Jesus as reported in John’s gospel mark an important turn in the ministry of Jesus which from here starts heading towards his crucifixion.

  • Buon camino!

    Buon camino!

    I’d like to share with you a reflection written by a Jesuit novice, Arnold. At least two times in our lives we Jesuits undertake the Spiritual Exercises, a month-long retreat. This seems an impossible task, however it is a life-changing encounter...

  • Quotes and news

    The report penned by Archbishop Charles Scicluna investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Keith O’Brien is on the Pope’s desk, according to a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Pope Francis had...

  • Spiritual deportation

    Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 36,14-16.19-23; Ephesians 2,4-10; John 3,14-21. Infantile faith is the worst enemy of spiritual maturity. It happens that with many of us, there is little or no difference between how we imagined God looking upon us...

  • Ecumenism of blood

    Ecumenism of blood

    In 1986, Fr Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, the future Pope Francis, went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. During his stay in Germany, he went to Hamburg to celebrate a baptism. The parish priest of the church in Hamburg Fr Bergoglio went to...

  • Quotes and news

    The 2011 English translation of the Missal was described by renowned Jesuit theologian Gerald O’Collins as “clunky and Latinised”. Fr O’Collins SJ, who holds eight doctorates in theology, in a letter sent to The Tablet, urged Catholics to act...

  • Jesus, a deconstructionist

    Today’s readings: Exodus 20, 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1, 22-25; John 2, 13-25. There are constitutive moments or experiences in every religion that mark its identity or foundation. The Exodus account today of the Mosaic law given to God’s people can be...

  • On barbers and showers

    On barbers and showers

    If there is an iconic image of the Vatican, it is definitely Bernini’s awesome colonnade in front of St Peter’s Basilica. This was perhaps Pope Alexander VII’s biggest and most daring commission. Alexander became Pope at the end of the Thirty...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to the prelates of the regional episcopal conference of North Africa, which encompasses the dioceses of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, Pope Francis said: “For several years your region has been experiencing significant changes,...

  • Vulnerable to God’s love

    Today’s readings: Genesis 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Romans 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10. In today’s readings we have two different stories on two different mountains of two different manifestations of the divine. We normally interpret Abraham’s experience in...

  • Faith interfaces with science

    Faith interfaces with science

    The recent issue of three-parent babies in the UK has again brought to the fore the science-faith debate. The Anglican and Catholic Chur­ches both voiced concerns about this scientific possibility. But should they have spoken or should they have...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, the Philippines, has called for the removal of the country’s President Benigno Aquino III. He said the President is not entitled to hold onto his post because of what he has done and failed to do. The...

  • Who is your God?

    Today’s readings: Genesis 9, 8-15; 1 Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15. We always thought God is a mystery, and from catechism lessons to theo­logy classes that was the constant teaching we received. But is it true, strictly speaking? God is not a...

  • Was Jesus Charlie?

    Was Jesus Charlie?

    In Malta, the name Charlie is quite familiar. Yesterday’s bus conductors, today’s irritated car drivers, even the burly bartender in a traditional każin, all find the name convenient. It is our Maltese way of conferring familiarity onto an...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking during the presentation of the book Pope Francis: This Economy Kills by Italian journalists Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, said: “The economy is...

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