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Religion

  • 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”.

  • 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...

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