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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, the head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has expressed “profound solidarity, fervent prayers and renewed commitment to join in activities of advocacy” on behalf of Palestinians. In his...

  • The sacred centre

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 3, 5.7-12; Romans 8, 28-30; Matthew 13, 44-52. Irrespective of whether one is a believer or not, the major challenge in life is to seek and find one’s true calling. That is something we need to be passionate about. It...

  • War and peace

    War and peace

    Tomorrow, July 28, is the 100th anniversary since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively starting World War I, which involved more countries and caused greater destruction than any other war except World War II. The conflict was...

  • Quotes and news

    Giuseppe Lazzarotto, apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land, Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Boutros Twal and Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah pleaded for peace in the Holy Land. Lazzarotto said the loss of life in Gaza is “not acceptable”, adding that...

  • Ambiguous status

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 12, 13.16-19; Romans 8, 26-27; Matthew 13, 24-43. When Pope Francis weeks ago brought together Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres for a meeting of prayer, many were hesitant about what it could change in the Middle East scenario.

  • Rights may be real or fictitious

    Rights may be real or fictitious

    Talking about rights has become the order of the day. We have been talking about whether homosexuals had a right to enter into a civil union and about whether as a civil union they had the right to adopt children, until Parliament decided – it is...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio that Pope Francis is not calling for the abandonment of the market economy. His remarks followed a very strong speech by the Pope in favour of an...

  • Painful truth

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 10-11; Romans 8, 18-23; Matthew 13, 1-23 There is always a truth about ourselves that has to come out some time or other. It can be a painful truth, so many choose to avoid it while others are ready to face the pain as...

  • Reaching out to troubled teens

    Reaching out to troubled teens

    ­On his ninth visit to Aġenzija Appoġġ, James Blewett, a British social work expert with over 15 years’ experience in dysfunctional family settings, emphasised the urgent need to deploy all possible resources and services to help troubled teens...

  • Quotes and news

    During a festive procession in the Calabrian town of Oppido Mamer­tina, the route was diverted so that the statue of the Madonna would pass in front of the house of a notorious mobster, Peppe Mazzagatti, the leader of the Calabrian Mafia known as...

  • The right attitude

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 9, 9-10; Romans 8, 9.11-13; Matt. 11, 25-30. In a sort of comeback, the renegade priest Leonardo Boff, one of the fathers of Liberation Theology, speaks in a recent book on Pope Francis about the revolution of...

  • Gift of new priests

    Gift of new priests

    The Church of Malta last week received the gift of seven newly ordained priests, one of whom is a member of my community. People’s perception and expectations of priests vary – some love, sponsor and pray for them, while others are indifferent or...

  • Quotes and news

    Four bishops who chair different committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said they wait with ‘great concern’ for President Barack Obama’s promised executive order on “sexual orientation or gender identity”. They said that while the...

  • Vatican approves of exorcisms

    Vatican approves of exorcisms

    Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal after the Vatican formally recognised a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons. The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has approved the statutes of the...

  • True identity

    Today’s readings: Acts 3, 1-10; Galatians 1, 11-20; John 21, 15-19. The driving force for renewal and reform in the Church of these past decades was the Second Vatican Council, which in turn had its inspiration and roots in a theology that...

  • First Holy Communion. How long before the last?

    First Holy Communion. How long before the last?

    It is the time of year when families celebrate their children’s First Holy Communion – a joyful celebration of innocence, a moment of genuine religiosity and – inevitably? – a grand occasion for social ostentation, family get-togethers or...

  • Quotes and news

    The Vatican’s International Theological Commission has clarified the meaning, purpose and limits of sensus fidei and sensus fidelium – the capacity of individual believers and of the Church as a whole to discern the truth of faith. The theologians...

  • Justice over holiness

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 8, 2-3.14-16; 1 Corinthians 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58. The assertions of Jesus that he is the bread of heaven and the life-giving bread are basic to the understanding of Christian living and yet they can so easily...

  • Deleted from the dictionary?

    Deleted from the dictionary?

    Dictionaries do not dictate the language: they document it. Languages are there to be spoken. Literature comes at a later stage. Hence, words increase and decrease in every living language, and they are not cast in stone. The more than century-old...

  • Quotes and news

    The Pope has described modern society as a ‘society of orphans’. He lamented of the ‘inhumane’ culture of 90-minute commutes in which parents do not have time to play with their children. The Pope imagined the ‘hectic day’ of a parent: getting up...

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