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Religion

  • 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...

  • Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

    Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said yesterday. The request was declined “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation”...

  • God’s alternative agenda

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 40, 1-5.9-11; 2 Peter 3, 8-14; Mark 1, 1-8 Today’s Scriptures speak about the need in life to cross the desert and to let the desert teach us. The desert reminds us of the need to let go of all that is incomplete and...

  • A new financial system

    A new financial system

    Around 20 economists from all over the world held two days of sober and reflective debate at the offices of CITI in the Docklands in Dublin to contribute with their research and ideas to the design of ethical finance and a financial reform...

  • Quotes and news

    In a joint declaration, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bar­tholomew I of Constantinople said: “We support the theological dialogue promoted by the Joint International Commission, instituted 35 years ago by the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios...

  • Projecting redemption

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 63, 16-17. 64, 1.3-8; 1 Corinthians 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37. Starting a new liturgical year should gear us up to new perspectives and new strategies. It is Mark’s gospel that will be our focus throughout this year, and...

  • The Catholic school in a missionary Church

    The Catholic school in a missionary Church

    “Europe is suffering from a deforestation of its Christian memory”, in the view of Mgr Donal McKeown, Catholic bishop of Derry in Ireland. He was talking at a conference entitled ‘The Catholic school in a missionary Church’, organised by Discern,...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Tuesday, Pope Francis paid a four-hour visit to Strasbourg where he delivered two major speeches to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe assembly. The following quotes from his speech to the European Parliament. Individual rights...

  • God’s future

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 34, 11-12.15-17; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26.28; Matthew 25, 31-46. Today’s celebration of Christ the King is an opportunity for us to realise the gigantic leaps we as believers have been through in the way we think our faith.

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