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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking during his visit to Georgia on September 30, Pope Francis said: “You do not know, dear brothers and sisters, how much children suffer when they witness the arguments and the separation of parents. Everything should be done to save a...

  • Capacity for newness

    Today’s readings: Habakkuk 1,2-3; 2,2-4; 2 Timothy 1, 6-8.13-14; Luke 17, 5-10. One of the major issues we face today in a culture which claims that it can do without religion, is the conflict between a private faith and a public religion. Peter...

  • Genuine humanism is the way forward

    Genuine humanism is the way forward

    The Enlightenment ‘discovered’ reason and believed that, through it, the road to happiness could become accessible to all. I put ‘discovered’ within inverted commas because reason had been appreciated and used long before Bacon, Hobbes and their...

  • Quotes and news

    In a recent address to Italy’s National Council of the Order of Journalists, Pope Francis said: “Respecting human dignity is important in any profession … because even behind the simple account of an event there are sentiments, emotions, and...

  • Jesuits in Rome to elect leader and set priorities

    Jesuits in Rome to elect  leader and set priorities

    When in 2014 Fr General Adolfo Nicolás announced that he wished to tender his resignation as Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on turning 80 in 2016, a number of people were surprised at the news as the role had, until recently,...

  • Versions of humanity

    Today’s readings: Amos 6, 1.4-7; 1 Timothy 6, 11-16; Luke 16, 19-31. Today’s gospel may very easily lead us into disquisitions about life after death, about the existence of hell, or how we can figure out what eternity would be like. But that’s...

  • Fostering social tourism

    Fostering social tourism

    Tourism has experienced a revolution in the past 50 years. In 1950, there were 25 million international tourists. Today,the number is in the region of 1.2 billion. Travelling has become a huge part of many lives. According to statistics released...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing nuncios on September 17, Pope Francis said: “In the immense task of ensuring the freedom of the Church before every form of power that wishes to silence truth, do not delude yourselves that this freedom is solely the fruit of...

  • Servants of God – Henry and Ineż Casolani

    Servants of God – Henry and Ineż Casolani

    Henry and Ineż Casolani were gifted with the grace of matrimony on April 19, 1944 at St Augustine’s church, Valletta. They had an only child, Cecilia Mary, who joined the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition in 1964. The way of life of the...

  • Greed is viral

    Today’s readings: Amos 8, 4-7; 1 Timothy 2, 1-8; Luke 16, 1-13. Since “money makes the world go round”, people have always been lured to believe that money is miraculous. As Pope Francis writes in his The Joy of the Gospel, one of our major...

  • Called to change

    Called to change

    In his ‘Essay on the development of Christian doctrine’, John Henry Newman stated that “here below, to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often”. This idea of change has its roots in the gospel, the metanoia, which is...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to a group of newly appointed bishops from missionary territories, Pope Francis said: “Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within. He has two weapons, but the main one is division: the other is...

  • A scandalous love

    Today’s readings: Exodus 32, 7-11.13-14; 1 Timothy 1, 12-17; Luke 15, 1-32. Much of what is written in the gospels sounds very familiar to us, particularly the parables and narratives with which since childhood we have been domesticated. Yet,...

  • Pope Francis and the change of eras

    Pope Francis and the change of eras

    We are living in challenging times. The context of the Francis papacy is turbulent and complex. Addressing the 5th National Convention of the Italian Church, Pope Francis said “we are not living in an era of change so much as change of eras”. The...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and...

  • Christianity revisited

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 9, 13-18; Philemon 9-10.12-17; Luke 14, 25-33. Christianity has survived for over two millennia now. It has a history with its bright and dark sides just as everything else under the sun. Yet very often in the wake of...

  • The aftermath of World Youth Day

    The aftermath of World Youth Day

    Now that World Youth Day 2016, held in Cracow, is come and gone, it is worth stopping and reflecting briefly on the outcome. Pope Francis visited Poland for the occasion. Besides meeting the civil and Church authorities, he presided over a...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, told clergy in Sri Lanka that “in recent decades in some countries the Sacred Liturgy has become too anthropocentric; man, not God, has...

  • Ecology of relationships

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-20.28-29; Hebrews 12, 18-19.22-24; Luke 14, 1.7-14. Jesus’s words in today’s gospel “to make our way to the lowest places” and about humbling ourselves may easily be seen as masochistic in a culture that...

  • Eliminating shadows

    Eliminating shadows

    Our society is hell-bent on eliminating all shadows – all pain and inconveniences. So it has declared an all-out war against any source of light (ideals, beliefs, values) and all causes of shadows (people, situations that are demanding). It does...

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