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  • Restorative justice

    Restorative justice

    In a recent Restorative Justice Week organised by the UK Justice Ministry, it was surprisingly revealed that restorative justice reduces the frequency of criminals reoffending by 14 per cent. Research funded by the ministry also found that victims...

  • Quotes and news

    Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to condemn a blogger to 1,000 lashes, 10 years imprisonment and a fine of €250,000, the Austrian government is considering closing the King Abdullah International Centre for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue...

  • Turning point

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 3,3-10.19; 1 Corinthians 6,13-15.17-20; John 1,35-42. We have problems today with institutions that regulate our lives. Where belief, values and style of life are concerned it seems we shun parameters and prefer to give...

  • Dignity of migrants and refugees

    Dignity of migrants and refugees

    The Catholic Church today celebrates the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The commemoration aims at increasing awareness of the phenomenon of migration, as contemporary movements represent the largest movement of individuals, if not of peoples,...

  • Quotes and news

    The following quotes are taken from Pope Francis’s address last Monday to the members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. Culture of rejection “Rejection is an attitude we all share; it makes us see our neighbour not as a brother...

  • Beyond old ways

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 1-11; 1 John 5, 1-9; Mark 1, 7-11. In his version of Jesus written for later generations, St Mark wanted to highlight the difference between the old and the new, between ritual baptism and the real anointing with the...

  • A return to basics

    A return to basics

    “The Church is an evangeliser, but she begins by being evangelised herself… She is the People of God immersed in the world, and often tempted by idols.” This exclamation was made by the Blessed Pope Paul VI in the apostolic exhortation Evangelii...

  • Quotes and news

    During a December 28 meeting with the Italian Association of Large Families in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, Pope Francis offered praise for large families: “Motherhood and fatherhood are a gift from God, but to receive the gift, to wonder at its...

  • The right standpoint

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60,1-6; Ephesians 3,2-3.5-6; Matthew 2,1-12 “Though night still covers the earth, the glory of the Lord is rising on you.” These are the words of Isaiah which we need so much to hear in these times. For the umpteenth time...

  • Recalculating

    Recalculating

    While abroad with my family and looking at the beautiful scenery of Toscana and Umbria I was struck by the GPS voice of ‘Ema’, who every time we took a wrong turning or missed an exit onto a slip road would tell us: recalculating! Amazingly, it...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are extracts from Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of Peace celebrated on January 1. The theme of the message is ‘No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters’. The slavery scourge Millions of people today – children, women and...

  • Reinventing the family

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3,3-7.14-17; Colossians 3,12-17; Luke 2,22-40. It is always relevant and pertinent to speak of the family. Given its importance and crucial role in building a healthy society and in enhancing social cohesion, it is...

  • The in-between time

    The in-between time

    The synod on the family has come and gone. For a while, people and press spoke about the issues discussed, mainly remarried divorced couples, homosexuals and contraception, but not for long. Many – probably forgetting that what had come to an end...

  • Quotes and news

    In a letter to Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis wrote: “I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs. “Dear brothers and sisters who...

  • Intelligent listening

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 7,1-5. 8-11.16; Romans 16,25-27; Luke 1,26-38. “Let what you have said be done to me” are not the easiest words we find to say in most of the circumstances that come across in daily life. Yet in the gospel they are the...

  • Catholic schools… what’s the good news?

    Catholic schools… what’s the good news?

    Jesus is the good news. He is the reason for the season. But there is more. God cannot come to anyone except through someone. That’s why we can only meet him in and through love for someone else. This God-community is the Church. But the Church...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, nine bishops, including representatives of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), and the French...

  • The gift of prophecy

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 61, 1-2.10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28 The existential restlessness that has always characterised humanity – and that in this present time marks all aspects of life – can easily take hold of us and...

  • Why go to Church?

    Why go to Church?

    For various reasons a growing number of people in Malta and Gozo have made the decision of not bothering going to church on a Sunday. Census after census adamantly show a steady decline in church attendance. The pivotal question that should be...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, taking place in Vienna, Pope Francis said: “The humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are predictable and planetary. “While the focus is often placed on nuclear...

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